New York Electrician Schools with Degree and Certificate Program Info

Research electrician schools in New York State, which currently has more than 6 schools offering programs. Read an overview of program options and tuition info for New York's six public schools to decide which program is right for you.

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Essential Information

The majority of programs offering electrician training culminate in a certificate or associate's degree. Students can gain practical experience through fieldwork, labs and workshops. In addition, students may be able to complete an internship. While some programs are designed for beginners, others may require students to already have some electrician experience, or to be a licensed apprentice or journeyman electrician.

Career Requirements

Licensure for electricians is not offered at the state level. Instead, each city or county determines licensure requirements for electricians. Most New York cities and counties offer the Master or Special Electrician license for seasoned electricians who pass an exam. Students who are recent graduates of an electrician program can hone their skills by participating in an apprenticeship.


Alfred State SUNY College of Technology

This 4-year State University of New York (SUNY) school offers training for aspiring electricians at its campus in Wellsville. The School of Applied Technology offers an Electrical Construction and Maintenance Electrician Associate in Occupational Studies. The program offers lab training in multiple specialties, such as industrial and commercial wiring, alarm systems, lighting systems, and residential wiring. Students learn how to design electrical layouts, repair electrical circuits, troubleshoot equipment, and perform other tasks. Training is administered through laboratory exercises and fieldwork on job sites. Selected students also have the opportunity to participate in a summer internship to gain further experience.

  • Program Offered: Electrical Construction and Maintenance Electrician Associate in Occupational Studies
  • Tuition & Fees: $6,874 in-state, $13,584 out-of-state (2012-2013)*
  • School Type & Setting: 4-year, public; remote town

Canton State University of New York

Located in Canton, this 4-year SUNY school offers over 50 academic programs, including a certificate program in electrical construction and maintenance. The program consists of 30 credit hours and runs for one year. Training focuses on developing electrical skills used in residential construction. Students learn how to perform tasks such as wiring systems installation, motor control circuit installation, and electrical device connection.

  • Program Offered: Certificate in Electrical Construction and Maintenance
  • Tuition & Fees: $6,859 in-state; $11,029 out-of-state (2012-2013)*
  • School Type & Setting: 4-year, public; remote town

Hudson Valley Community College

Located in Troy, Hudson Valley Community College is the second largest college in New York's Capital Region. The college's School of Engineering and Industrial Technologies offers a 65-credit-hour electrical construction and maintenance associate's degree program. The program's coursework meets the standards of the National Electrical Code. Students complete workshop and lab training in four main areas of study: commercial, industrial and residential installation; motors and motor control; transformers; and programmable controllers, variable frequency drives, and industrial electronics. By completing this program, students meet the instructional requirements for the state's construction and plant maintenance electrician's certified apprenticeship program.

The college also offers a 19-credit-hour certificate program in photovoltaic installation, which teaches seasoned electricians and new students in the field to install and maintain solar panels. The curriculum, which was designed in partnership with the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, includes topics such as electricity, commercial construction wiring, and photovoltaic systems. Students who complete the program can take the Photovoltaic Certificate of Knowledge exam from the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners.

  • Programs Offered: Associate of Science in Electrical and Construction Maintenance
    Certificate in Photovoltaic Installation
  • Tuition & Fees: $4,614 in-state, $12,414 out-of-state (2012-2013)*
  • School Type & Setting: 2-year, public; small city

Mohawk Valley Community College

Mohawk Valley Community College serves a student population of around 7,400 at its campus in Utica. The college offers an electrical service technician/electrical maintenance associate's degree program. Students wishing to become electricians can select a focus in electrical maintenance. Students can select from coursework in electrical machine and controls, and electrical wiring and code. These courses offer training in areas such as automatic and manual DC controllers, motors, transformers, residential electrical wiring, and polyphase systems. Other course topics include technical math, tech electricity, and systems diagrams.

  • Program Offered: Associate of Occupational Studies in Electrical Service Technician/Electrical Maintenance
  • Tuition & Fees: $4,130 in-state; $7,710 out-of-state (2012-2013)*
  • School Type & Setting: 2-year, public; small city

Monroe County Community College

Part of the SUNY system, this college serves students at two campuses in Rochester. The college's Office of Workforce Development at the Brighton campus offers construction electrician classes that are open to students with no prior electrician training, as well as students currently enrolled in New York State-registered apprentice trades program. Students participating in an apprenticeship program can apply 21 hours related to National Electrical Code training towards the program. Students can choose from courses covering topics such as construction essentials, electrical theory and devices, conductor installation and devices, motor controls, or motor controls application.

  • Program Offered: Construction Electrician Classes
  • Tuition & Fees: $875 per course (Fall 2013)**
  • School Type & Setting: 2-year public; fringe rural

Onondaga Community College

Located in Syracuse, Onondaga Community College is a part of the SUNY system. This school offers an Associate in Applied Science in Electrical Trades for state-approved apprentices or journeyman electricians. To gain admission, students are required to submit proof of their apprentice or journeyman status from their employer or from the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local No. 43. The program prepares practicing electricians for career advancement or transfer to a 4-year program. Work experience accounts for 20 transfer credits towards the 63-credit degree program. The program offers courses in circuits and digital electronics, as well as career-related coursework, such as architectural, electrical, or mechanical technology.

  • Program Offered: Associate in Applied Science in Electrical Trades
  • Tuition & Fees: $4,634 in-state; $8,684 out-of-state (2012-2013)*
  • School Type & Setting: 2-year, public; large suburb

School Comparison: At a Glance

School Name School Type and Setting Electrician Programs Offered Tuition and Fees
Alfred State SUNY College of Technology 4-year, public; remote town Electrical Construction and Maintenance Electrician Associate in Occupational Studies $6,874 in-state, $13,584 out-of-state (2012-2013)*
Canton State University of New York 4-year, public; remote town Certificate in Electrical Construction and Maintenance $6,859 in-state; $11,029 out-of-state (2012-2013)*
Hudson Valley Community College 2-year, public; small city Associate of Science in Electrical and Construction Maintenance,
Certificate in Photovoltaic Installation
$4,614 in-state, $12,414 out-of-state (2012-2013)*
Mohawk Valley Community College 2-year, public; small city Associate of Occupational Studies in Electrical Service Technician/Electrical Maintenance $4,130 in-state; $7,710 out-of-state (2012-2013)*
Monroe County Community College 2-year public; fringe rural Construction Electrician Classes $875 per course (Fall 2013)**
Onondaga Community College 2-year, public; large suburb Associate in Applied Science in Electrical Trades $4,634 in-state; $8,684 out-of-state (2012-2013)*

Sources: *NCES College Navigator, **Monroe County Community College.

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