Electrical Trades

Electrical Trades

Program Fundamentals

Electricity is a very valuable resource, and learning to respect and use that power properly is the basis of the Electrical Trades program. 

  • Read blueprints and electrical layouts
  • Practice electrical safety procedures
  • Install residential & commercial wiring
  • Use electrical test equipment
  • Layout and install circuits
  • Install electrical devices
  • Troubleshoot electrical problems
  • Install electrical services
  • Bend and install conduit
  • Troubleshoot electrical circuitry on machines
  • Install motor controls
  • Wire motor control/safety device circuits
  • Understand programmable controller principles
  • Understand principles of computer controls

Career Development

Students who qualify, have the opportunity to participate in one of three options for career development during their senior year.
  • School-to-Apprentice Program
  • Advanced Placement
  • Early Placement

All of these programs allow students to be in the workforce while attending school on a modified schedule, so you can earn while you learn.


Mr. Tony TrappApprenticeship Coordinator 

Mrs. Naomi BakerCareer Placement Specialist   

Employers 5 Top Needs

You will learn and practice these and many more skills that employers are look for:
  1. Ability to work in a team structure
  2. Ability to make decisions and solve problems
  3. Ability to communicate verbally with people inside and outside an organization
  4. Ability to plan, organize and prioritize work
  5. Ability to obtain and process  information            
(Source: National Association of Colleges and Employers )


Career Opportunities

Construction is the largest industry in the US. Electrical trades enables you  to start at the craft level and progress to a diverse range of careers.
  • Commercial Electrician
  • Industrial Electrician
  • Residential Electrician
  • Factory Maintenance
  • Machine Installer
  • Security Systems Installer
  • Fire Alarm Installer
  • Computer Network Designer/Installer

Earning Potential

  • Company Owner
  • Senior PM/Estimator    $75,000 - $95,000/yr
  • Project Manager    $50,000 - $75,000/yr
  • Estimator    $45,000 - $75,000/yr
  • Foreman    $25.00 - $35.00/hr
  • Journeyman    $20.00 - $25.00/hr
  • Apprentice Level 1-4    $13.00 - $20.00/hr
  • Helper    $12.00-13.00/hr

Certifications Earned

  • Lockout/Tagout
  • Boom lift
  • Skid steer loader
  • Forklift operator
  • OSHA 10 hr
  • State Fire Alarm License
  • Scissor lift

College Credit Agreements

Edison State Community College - up to 12 Semester Hours

Sinclair Community College - up to 30 Semester Hours

Our Instructors

Mr. Jeff Bertke, Level I & II Instructor
937.778.1980 x745
Ms. Sara Dungan, Electrical Trades Paraprofessional 

Career Tech Student Organization

All students in the Electrical Trades program are also members of the Upper Valley Career Center Skills USA Chapter.
Skills USA Mission:
SkillsUSA empowers its members to become world-class workers, leaders and responsible American citizens. SkillsUSA improves the quality of our nation’s future skilled workforce through the development of Framework skills that include personal, workplace and technical skills grounded in academics. 
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