Electrical Technician FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)

What an Electrical Technician Does
Becoming an Electrical Technician
The Dorsey Schools Electrical Technician Program
Additional Information


What an Electrical Technician Does

What type of work does an Electrical Technician do?
Electrical Technicians perform a variety of duties including (but not limited to) installing, troubleshooting, repairing, replacing, and maintaining a variety of electrical wiring, fixtures, and system equipment. Positions in this field may be found with independent electrical contractors, engineering firms, home builders, physical plant maintenance crews, and other organizations with independently maintained electrical systems.


Where do Electrical Technicians work?
Electrical Technicians are traditionally employed in the industrial, residential, construction, commercial, municipal, or utilities industries.


Will I be able to find a job?
It’s important to note that no school can guarantee employment. Here at Dorsey Schools, we offer career services assistance to all eligible graduates of the Electrical Technician program. You can learn more about the assistance our Career Services team offers by visiting our Career Services for Students and Graduates page.


How much can I expect to make as an Electrical Technician?
Here are some helpful websites that will allow you to view information on Wages & Employment trends:


Are there other career opportunities for Electrical Technicians?
Some may choose to use a career as an Electrical Technician as an entryway into the Skilled Trades field. It would not be uncommon for an Electrical Technician to work in the field to gain experience and/or later go back to school to further their education and/or strengthen their credentials.

Becoming an Electrical Technician

How might I determine if this is a good career choice for me?
In choosing any career, it’s important that someone look at a variety of factors, some of which include:

  • Can I see myself doing the work that this position/occupation performs and am I going to be happy performing those tasks in that type of work setting?
  • Do I have the skills/traits/characteristics that one may need to be successful in a position like this?
  • How is the employment outlook/trends for this position?


I have no background/experience in this field – can I really do this?
You can! Many Electrical Technicians have little to no formal Skilled Trades experience prior to beginning their training. That’s why it’s very important for someone interested in becoming an Electrical Technician to evaluate their school and training options closely.


What type of training is needed?
Electrical Technicians typically attend a post-secondary school or institution to obtain training. Many of these programs lead to a certificate or a diploma and typically take one year to complete. It’s also important to note that since Electrical Technicians work very closely with this equipment in the actual occupational setting, it can be advantageous to a student to choose a program that has a strong hands-on component so they can “learn by doing.” Some Electrical Technicians may also learn on the job by way of an apprenticeship.


How long do I have to go to school?
Many Electrical Technician programs can be completed in a year. In choosing a program, it’s important for someone to evaluate the training that is included so they can ensure they are receiving the training they need (and want) prior to entering the Skilled Trades field as an Electrical Technician.


What are important characteristics for Electrical Technicians to have?
While this isn’t a full list of important characteristics, Electrical Technicians should have good communication skills, technical skills, troubleshooting skills, and have color vision. If you’re lacking in one or more of these areas, it doesn’t necessarily mean you wouldn’t be a good Electrical Technician, and it may be an area you wish to focus on as part of your training.


Is Certification/Licensure required to obtain employment as an Electrical Technician?
It’s always important to check if the state and/or locality in which you want to work has specific requirements for Electrical Technicians to obtain employment.

The Dorsey Schools Electrical Technician Program

What will be covered in the program?
The Dorsey Schools Electrical Technician program offers instruction in both a traditional classroom setting as well as a hands-on environment by way of the labs at Dorsey Schools. Students enrolled in the Electrical Technician program will be exposed to a variety of topics including (but not limited to):

  • Electrical Fundamentals and Safety
  • Electrical Theory
  • Introduction to Construction Drawings and Blueprinting
  • National Electrical Code
  • Applications of Raceways
  • Electrical Test Equipment
  • Wiring Methods
  • Lighting and Grounding Circuits
  • Basic and Advanced Control Systems
  • Distribution Systems
  • Motor Circuit Applications
  • Programmable Logic Controllers
  • And more…!


Is your program hands-on?
Yes! Students will have opportunities to practice the skills they are learning in the labs on campus at Dorsey Schools.


How long is the program?
The Dorsey Schools Electrical Technician program is designed to be completed in one year.


Who are the instructors?
Our instructors are caring individuals that possess experience and expertise in their respective field. Our instructors meet the criteria set forth by the State of Michigan as well as the criteria set forth by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (Dorsey Schools’ institutional accrediting body).


Why should I choose Dorsey over another school?
Students choose Dorsey Schools over other Career Training Schools for a variety of reasons. You can learn more by visiting The Dorsey Difference page.


Which Dorsey campuses offer the Electrical Technician program?
The Electrical Technician program is offered at the following Dorsey Schools campus location: Dearborn, MI and Wayne-Westland, MI.


How do I enroll?
If you’re interested in enrolling in the Electrical Technician program at Dorsey Schools, the first step you should take is meeting with one of our Admissions Representatives. You can read more about our Admissions process on our Admissions information page.


Does your program include certification?
Certification is not included in the Dorsey Schools Electrical Technician program, however, graduates will be issued a diploma upon graduation from the program.


Is your school/program accredited?
Yes! Dorsey Schools is institutionally accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS).


What is the tuition for the program?
The current tuition for the Dorsey Schools Electrical Technician program can be accessed by clicking here.


What is included in my tuition?
In addition to program instruction, tuition includes books and a basic toolkit.


Is Financial Aid available?
Financial Aid is available for those who qualify. For additional information on Financial Aid and Tuition Assistance, we would encourage you to visit our Financial Aid Information page.


Can you help me find a job after graduation?
Dorsey Schools offers Career Services assistance to all eligible graduates, however, job placement is not guaranteed. You can learn more about the assistance our Career Services team offers by visiting our Career Services for Students and Graduates page.


Additional Information

For your reference, we’ve included the links below of several very helpful websites where you can learn more about Electrical Technicians, info pertaining to Jobs as an Electrical Technician, the work Electrical Technicians do, etc.:

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition, Electrical and Electronics Installers and Repairers, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/ooh/installation-maintenance-and-repair/electrical-and-electronics-installers-and-repairers.htm (visited July 05, 2015).

Michigan Occupational Wage Information: http://milmi.org/?PAGEID=67&SUBID=124

O*Net Online:

Dorsey Schools Gainful Employment Disclosures for the Electrical Technician program: For more information about our graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the program, and other important information, please click here.