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If you’re into sound systems, robotics or tinkering with wires, you should think about a career as an electrician. Electricians install and maintain all of the electrical and power systems for our homes, businesses and factories. In large factories, electricians usually do maintenance work that is more complex. These kinds of electricians may repair motors, transformers, generators and electronic controllers on machine tools and industrial robots. They also advise management as to whether the continued operation of certain equipment could be hazardous.

AVERAGE STARTING HOURLY WAGE: $15.00 – $18.00 + Benefits


EDUCATION OPPORTUNITIES: 2-year Technical Degree or Registered Apprenticeship

Electrician Career Paths

Mitchell Technical College

Electrical Construction and Maintenance

The Electrical Construction and Maintenance program at Mitchell Technical College is a sequence of courses designed to provide basic training in maintenance and new construction wiring—in both residential and commercial buildings. The program emphasizes a combination of theory and practical application necessary for successful employment. Additional coursework includes fiber optic and data cabling as well as programmable logic controls. Click here for more information!

Southeast Technical College

As a top electrician from Southeast Technical College, you would be a valuable asset on any residential, commercial, ag or industrial project. Your career duties will include installing wiring systems, designing circuits, reading blueprints and using power tools. In just two years at STC, you will be ready to launch your career as an electrical apprentice. Click here for more information!

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Apprenticeships in South Dakota

The vision from Day 1 has been to provide South Dakota businesses a proactive strategy to engage individuals in their communities, improve their skills set, and fill workforce needs. Registered Apprenticeship Programs (RAPs) provide employers a proven business model to develop fully trained employees. Click here for more information!

Western Dakota Technical College

Electrical Trades

In this program, you will practice technical skills under the guidance of instructors who are true experts. The result? You graduate with abilities and knowledge that set you apart. If you are ready to prepare for an interesting and challenging career in a growing field, we are ready to help you acquire the skills and experience you need. Click here for more information!