Electrical Occupations


Program Overview

At Western Area CTC, we emphasize both theory and hands-on training for our Electrical Occupations students. This three-year program prepares students for employment in the Electrical Occupations Industry upon graduation or used as a stepping-stone for enrollment into post-secondary training. Course topics include Conduit Bending, Electrical Lighting, OSHA, National Electric Code, and Residential, Commercial and Industrial Wiring.

Electrical Occupations Skills

Students will learn judgment and decision making, active listening skills, critical thinking, equipment selection, complex problem solving, repairing and installation.  Although theory is necessary, most of this technology is hands-on learning.

Careers and Initiatives

  • Students will have the opportunity to co-op in their senior year, providing grades and attendance meet state standards.
  • Discover the many opportunities in the Electrical Occupations field.
  • There are many jobs in Washington and surrounding counties including Electrical Control Technician, Electrical Inspector, Electrical Sales, Journeyman Electrician (Residential, Commercial) Security Systems Technician.
  • In 2020, the average wage for an Electrician was $27.36 an hour, $56,900 annually

Post-Secondary Training Options

To provide students the opportunity to advance their careers, Western Area CTC articulates with several colleges and trade schools, including . . .

  • Pittsburgh College of Technology
  • Community College of Allegheny County
  • ABC Associated Builders & Contractors, Inc. Apprenticeship Opportunities
  • California University of Pennsylvania
  • Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics
  • Penn Commercial
  • Pennsylvania College of Technology
  • Rosedale Technical College


  • American Ladder Institute
  • Career Safe OSHA
  • National Center for Construction Education & Research (NCCER) Electrical Level I
  • Residential Construction Academy (RCA) National Registry