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Electrical Wiring


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Connect to an in-demand career as an electrician

Gain extensive, practical hands-on experience and trouble-shooting techniques

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Electricians are currently some of the most sought-after technicians in today’s job market. Our world is driven by electricity – and you can be in the driver’s seat.

The Certificate in Electrical Wiring at Tidewater Community College prepares you for employment as an electrician or, if you are already employed in the field, you can upgrade your skills and knowledge for job advancement.

You will learn:

  • practical applications of direct and alternating current
  • residential design, layout and testing
  • diodes, photoelectric controls and voltage regulation
  • transformers and other power distribution systems
  • wiring methods in industry

Choose additional course work in fields such as fiber optics and satellite dish installation to boost your credentials.

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Go further

Apply all your credits from this program to TCC's Associate of Applied Science in Electrical Technology.

Certify your skills

Earn valuable industry credentials! Course work qualifies students to sit for the electrician licensing exam administered by the state of Virginia.

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What does the program cost?

TCC’s Certificate in Electrical Wiring consists of 2 semesters of part-time study, with classes held mainly on the Chesapeake Campus.

Estimated Program Cost*:
33-34 credits x $185.35 per credit = $6,116.55 - $6,301.90 (not including textbooks and supplies)
*Based on Fall 2018 in-state tuition. Your actual cost may differ.

Where can you go?

While many students may find employment or gain promotion with the electrical wiring certificate, you can also transfer to a four-year school to work toward a bachelor of science in electrical engineering or related field. Or you can apply your credits toward TCC’s Associate of Applied Science in Electrical Technology

Is this program for you?

Yes, if you:

  • enjoy hands-on work
  • are detail-oriented
  • demonstrate problem-solving
  • like working with technology
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Day and evening classes fit your busy schedule

Gain extensive, practical hands-on experience and trouble-shooting techniques

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Median annual salary

Jobs related to this field pay a median annual salary of $56,576*


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* Salary estimate is provided for comparison purposes only and doesn’t constitute a promise of employment or earnings. Salaries were calculated based on related job codes and U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data.