Advances in automation and logic controls are changing the demands upon electricians. In addition to wiring a building’s electrical system, electricians may install coaxial or fiber optic cable for computers and other telecommunications equipment. Microprocessor and computer controlled programmable controllers are now an integral part of the electrician’s environment. A growing number of electricians install telephone systems, computer wiring and equipment, streetlights, intercom systems, and fire alarm and security systems. They also may connect motors to electrical power and install electronic controls for industrial equipment.
The need for electricians who will work mainly for contractors of residential buildings can be satisfied by successfully completing the certificate program, which covers house wiring. Those who need the more comprehensive knowledge required of industrial electricians can gain this expertise with the diploma program.
As the population and economy grow, more electricians will be needed to meet the increasing demands in business and industry as well as the construction (residential, commercial and industrial) field.