Electrical Technology option offers training for future electricians

Aug 28, 2023Gail Crutchfield

Hanceville, AL — Wallace State Community College is offering a new option in Electrical Technology starting this Fall 2023 semester providing training of industrial, commercial and residential electricians and for the installation and maintenance of charging options for electric vehicles.  

“Wallace State listens to workforce needs and student demands, and this program has been one of the most frequently requested. We are pleased to be able to offer it this coming year,” said Wallace State President Vicki Karolewics.

"In light of the impending shortage of electricians, it is imperative that we confront this challenge proactively,” said Jerry Murcks, Associate Dean of Applied Technologies at Wallace State. “Choosing a career as an electrician guarantees a future-proof path with abundant opportunities which can actively contribute to fostering a more environmentally conscious society. Integrating electric vehicle infrastructure into current and prospective residential and commercial spaces highlights electricians' central and transformative role in shaping a sustainable future.” 

The new program, part of the Mechatronics, Electronics and Robotics Department, will allow students to earn several stackable credentials and an associate in applied science degree. The curriculum includes classroom and hands-on instruction in AC, DC, national electric code, residential, commercial and industrial wiring, smart house wiring, motor controls, hydraulics and pneumatics, construction wiring, motors and transformers, programmable logic controllers and related topics. The curriculum prepares students to test for their Electrician Journeyman license after completing their infield hours.

The program is designed to allow students to attend school two days per week and work in the field the rest of the week. Apprenticeships with electrical contractors and industrial/commercial electricians will also be available to students in this area of study. 

“Wallace State's unwavering commitment to nurturing a continuous stream of skilled electricians further solidifies this vital workforce,” Murcks added. “This commitment becomes even more crucial as a convergence of factors – including construction growth, the rapid acceleration of the green revolution, the retirement of seasoned professionals, and persistent low unemployment rates – generates an urgent demand for proficient labor within the electrical industry." 

Electricians are skilled professionals who play a crucial role in installing, maintaining, and repairing electrical systems in residential, commercial, and industrial settings. They ensure the safe and efficient functioning of power distribution networks, lighting systems, and various electronic equipment. With a constant demand for skilled electricians, this career path provides stability, growth opportunities, and the satisfaction of contributing to the technological advancement of society.


Additionally, the electric vehicle (EV) revolution is rapidly reshaping various industries, including the electrical field. As electric vehicles become more popular, the demand for charging infrastructure has surged. Electricians are at the forefront of this transformation, tasked with installing and maintaining EV charging stations across public spaces, homes, and businesses. This shift presents new challenges and opportunities for electricians to adapt their skills to accommodate the unique electrical requirements of charging stations.

The integration of electric vehicles also influences the skill set required of future electricians. Beyond traditional electrical knowledge, electricians now need expertise in renewable energy sources, energy storage systems, and smart grid technologies. As the grid becomes more interconnected and reliant on advanced monitoring and control systems, electricians must be proficient in diagnosing and resolving issues in these complex setups. 

For more information about the Electrical Technology degree option, contact Joe Hendrix at 256.352.8154 or joe.hendrix@wallacestate.edu.

Registration continues for the Fall 2023 terms. Registration for Flex Start  I continues through Aug. 31 and registration for Flex Start II is Sept. 1-7. Mini Term II classes begin Oct. 19. For more information, visit www.wallacestate.edu, call the main campus at 256.352. or come by Lion Central in the lobby of the James C. Bailey Center Monday-Wednesday 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursday 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., or Friday 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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