Apprentice – Journeyman – Master
Would you like to become a licensed electrician? According to the Massachusetts State Board of Electrical Examiners, before you take the licensing exam you must complete 8000 hours of employment (approximately 4 years) as an apprentice under the direct supervision of a holder of a MA Class B Journeyman’s license and 600 hours of classroom instruction (8 modules – approximately 75 hours each) in electrical code and theory from an approved school based on the current National Electrical Code.
There is no set order for the two requirements listed above. For example, you may start working as an electrical apprentice first, or you may start classes first, or do both concurrently.
Journeyman: Mondays and Wednesdays, 6:00 – 9:00 pm, beginning September 24
Cost: $600 per 75 hour module (textbooks not included)
Master: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6:00 – 9:00 pm, beginning September 25
Cost: $1,200 per 150 hours (textbooks not included)
These courses are being taught by Chris Kelly and Paul Chandler, electrical teachers at Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School. Classes meet weekday evenings (three hours twice per week for fourteen weeks) so that you can work and go to school. Enrollment is limited to 20 students.
Employment is expected to increase by 9% from 2016 – 2026 (Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupation Outlook Handbook).
Journeyman Electrician Education – 600 hours (75 hours per module)
First Tier of 300 hours:
Module I: Jobsite and Electrical Safety, Introduction to the National Electrical Code and Process, DC/Alarm Theory, and Basic Math.
Module II: Electrical Bonding and Grounding, Low Voltage Systems and Controls, Fire Warning and Security Systems, and Design and Testing.
Module III: National Electrical Code application of DC Theory, Massachusetts Electrical Code and Amendments, and Wiring Methods.
Module IV: Fiber, Data and Communications Wiring and Systems, Massachusetts Laws and Regulations Pertaining to Electrical Wiring, and Conduct of Technicians and Apprentices Including Inspection Requirements.
Second Tier of 300 hours:
Module V: Electricians Math and Basic Electrical Formulas, Electrical Circuit, AC Theory, Raceway, Outlet boxes and conductor fill, and Conductor Selection and Over-current Protection.
Module VI: Branch Circuit /Feeder/ Service Requirements, Branch Circuit/Feeder/ Service Calculations and Voltage Drops, Motors, Controls and Transformers Requirements, Use of Code book tables and examples, and Swimming Pools and similar Installations.
Module VII: One Family Dwelling Calculations, Multi-family Dwelling Calculations, Commercial Load Calculations, and Use of Code book tables and examples.
Module VIII: Motor Calculations, Transformer Calculations, Review of Board rules and Regulations, and Review of Massachusetts General Laws applicable to Electricians, General Review of all subjects covered.