Electrical and Instrumentation | Waukesha County Technical College

Electrical and Instrumentation

36-credit Apprenticeship

Program Code 50-414-2

Learn to install, troubleshoot and maintain plant lighting equipment and receptacle circuits, motors, starters, motor control centers, programmable controllers, control panels, electrical control systems and transformers. Learn to service high voltage electrical systems in accordance with relevant codes. Learn to install, calibrate, test and repair electronic equipment.

How Long It Will Take

Apprenticeship students can complete this program in nine semesters.

Start Date

You can begin your apprenticeship as soon as you and your employer have submitted a signed apprenticeship agreement to the Bureau of Apprenticeship Standards. Related Instruction at WCTC will begin the following fall semester.

How This Program Is Offered

WCTC provides related apprenticeship instruction. On-campus class times may vary.

What Makes This Program Unique

  • Earn while you learn. Upon completion, apprentices have little to no educational debt and have been working their employer for multiple years.
  • This is a niche industry, with many employers seeking apprenticeships with this specific skillset.
  • Become an ideal candidate to work in high-production industrial settings with constant quality control and calibration needs.

Credit for Prior Learning

You may have the opportunity to obtain credit for the college-level skills and knowledge you've already acquired. Learn more about credit for prior learning.

How To Start

  • Obtain employment for apprenticeship training; this is the responsibility of the individual seeking an apprenticeship.
  • While WCTC provides related apprenticeship instruction, the student does not need to apply to the college.
  • The State of Wisconsin oversees the apprenticeship system and will contact WCTC to set a class schedule.
  • The class schedule will be sent to the student from WCTC.

Financial Aid Eligibility

This apprenticeship does not qualify for financial aid. To qualify for most federal financial aid, a student must be enrolled in a technical diploma or associate degree program.

Questions? Contact your program advisor.

Cost

The cost of your degree depends on a number of factors, including where you live, how your program is delivered, how long it takes to finish your program and the financial aid you receive.

Learn more about tuition and fees.

Career Salaries

$46,000 - $67,000 annually

Salary range estimates based on wages for related occupations in Waukesha County as reported by Economic Modeling Specialists International (EMSI). Individual wages may vary based on experience, industry, location and specific job requirements.

Check the WCTC Graduate Success Report to view our graduates’ entry wages.

Potential Careers

If you enjoy a technical challenge, are an analytical problem solver, and like following complex directions to fix electrical and instrumentation problems, this industry may be right for you. Electrical & Instrumentation Technicians install, service, troubleshoot and perform preventive and predictive maintenance functions on equipment.

  • Industrial Electrician
  • Journeyworker
  • Master Electrician
  • Electrical Engineer

Transfer Options

Whether you're a high school student interested in earning college credits or a college student interested in transferring to a four-year university after graduation, our dual-enrollment and transfer-credit agreements will help you take the next step in your education and career.

High School Dual Credits

Dual enrollment offers high school juniors and seniors an opportunity to get a head start in high-demand fields through earning college credits. Learn about the credit options.

Transfer Opportunities After WCTC

WCTC has credit transfer agreements with many four-year institutions that allow our degree graduates to transfer credits into a baccalaureate program, often at junior-level standing.

There are no credit transfer agreements for this program at this time. For more information, contact your academic advisor.

There are no credit transfer agreements for this program at this time. For more information, contact your academic advisor.

Transfer Tips

  • Contact the school to which you'd like to transfer to make sure you understand its transfer policy.
  • Talk to your WCTC program advisor about your intent to transfer so he/she can help you plan.
  • If you're transferring within the University of Wisconsin (UW) System, contact your desired institution about its transfer policy and visit the UW System's transfer resource page.