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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.

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