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Central Arizona College Commercial Electrician Installer Program Provides a Strong Career Path

By Ross Rector, Carpentry/Electrician Programs Professor


Career pathway, profession, occupation, trade, etc. are all synonymous terms that are most likely very familiar to today’s students and in professional education arenas. These terms are also synonymous with enhancing the quality of one’s life.

The Commercial Electrician Installer program at Central Arizona College is aimed at creating opportunities for individuals aspiring to be an electrician while enhancing their professional possibilities.


The program meets four days a week, for sixteen weeks at the College’s Superstition Mountain Campus. Coursework is based on the nationally recognized curriculum from the National Center for Construction Education Research (NCCER). Hands-on instruction with a real-life application is provided by experienced electricians.

At the completion of their studies, students will earn a Commercial Electrician Installer Certificate from CAC and certificate credentials from the NCCER and OSHA. The 18 college credits they complete are transferable for continued education if desired.

CAC and Wilson Electric have a strong partnership that provides a strong career path for graduates. Wilson Electric offers one and a half years of completed apprenticeship experience to any program completer they hire.

Students enrolled in the program typically receive a higher wage based on their newly acquired skills in safety, tools, wire pulling, conduit bending, terminating receptacles, switches, breakers, and installing and wiring service entrance panels, and much more. With the job like atmosphere in the classroom and lab, students practice safety at every level of the program, and with 75% of the learning being hands-on, allowances are made for student practice and quality repetition.


More than 90% of students who have completed The Commercial Electrician Installer program are engaged in the electrical workforce, establishing their career pathway as an electrician and enhancing their opportunities for success.


For additional information about the program contact Professor Rector at ross.rector@centralaz.edu or 480-677-7866.

8 Comments


Ferenc Davies
Ferenc Davies
Jul 04, 2023

A career as an electrician will provide you with a way to earn an above-average income while doing work that is respected, challenging, and fulfilling. Moreover, Electrical Companies in Phoenix hire talented and qualified candidates for their future projects.


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Anthony Mingione
Anthony Mingione
Mar 03, 2021

This program set me up with the knowledge and confidence to begin my career as an electrician. 👍👍

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Luis V.
Luis V.
Feb 19, 2021

Starting this program I had no knowledge of any electrical work. You learn so much while making memories with friends. Would highly recommend someone to this program.

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Danny Untal
Danny Untal
Feb 11, 2021

Learned so much in this class while also doing hands on projects! Class was super fun and it was well worth the 4 months. I would do it over again!

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Niko Hullinger
Niko Hullinger
Feb 11, 2021

I entered the program not knowing anything about commercial electrical work, but had a background in the residential electrical field. I was nervous, not knowing what to expect. However, that was soon replaced by confidence. The instructor was down to earth, patient, and professional. After having dropped out of college the previous semester, I can say that this program has the most welcoming learning environment I have ever been apart of. I only have good things to say about it, even though I was a skeptic at first. For anyone wanting to have a career that pays well, and wants to look forward going to work.... this is the place to start.

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