Electrical Technology

Demand is Surging for Electrical Tech Professionals

There’s no doubt that the future is bright for professionals with electrical and solar technology skills. In Orange County alone, job opportunities for specialty trade contractors like electricians are projected to grow by 22% between 2012 and 2022, more than three times the national average for all occupations. 

IVC’s Electrician Trainee and Energy Solar Photovoltaic Systems Technician certificate programs meet this regional and nationwide demand by providing the practical training students need for immediate employment or further study in either of these fields. 

Similarly, demand for solar photovoltaic technicians and installers will continue to experience exponential growth as the widespread demand for clean energy increases. It’s no wonder that occupational data tracking application O-NET Online named these and many other careers in the Electronic Technology field on its latest “Bright Outlook Occupations” list.

Graduates of the Electrician Trainee certificate program enter the workforce prepared for immediate employment in areas such as residential wiring, commercial wiring, facility maintenance, and troubleshooting electrical circuits and equipment. Meanwhile, the Energy Solar Photovoltaic Systems Technician certificate program is designed to prepare students new to the industry, and upgrade the skills of those already employed in solar-related jobs.

Both certificates combine theoretical knowledge with hands-on learning environments to prepare students for the current job market, while laying the foundation for future education and career growth.

Ready to launch a Future BUILT career in Electrical Technology? It all starts at Irvine Valley College!

What You Need to Know

What Degrees and Certificates Are Available to Me?
IVC offers a variety of program types to help build your future-proof career! 

Certificates of Proficiency
Certificates of Proficiency acknowledge basic workplace abilities and are designed for students who want to enter the workforce quickly or upgrade their job skills. These certificates have a total credit requirement of less than 18 units and are designed and approved by local business leaders in order to make them as practical as possible. 

IVC Offers COPs in:
Electrician Trainee
Energy Solar Photovoltaic Systems Technician

Make sure your class schedule is built for success. Visit the course catalog to see what classes you need to earn your degree or certificate in Electrical Technology.

Irvine Valley College is proud to provide our communities with affordable, accessible Career Education opportunities. For information on how financial aid, scholarships and grants can make college more affordable, visit IVC’s Financial Aid Office.

School of Integrated Design, Automation and Engineering
Department Offices: 949-367-8301

Debbie Vanschoelandt
Interim Dean
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Full-Time Faculty:

Matthew Wolken 
IDEA Department Chair / Drafting and CAAD Instructor
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Massimo Mitolo, PhD 
Electrical Technology Instructor
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IVC Electrical Technology graduates are building successful futures in careers like these, and more! Here are some in-demand job titles and their average yearly salaries.

Electricians = $59,290 
Electrical & Electronics Repairers, Industrial & Commercial = $55,757 
Electrical Powerline Installers & Repairers = $98,496 
Solar Photovoltaic Installers = $38,342 
Solar Sales Agents & Assessors = $70,368 
Solar Energy Installation Managers = $71,098 
Construction Trade Workers = $37,536 
Electrician Apprentices = $32,390 

Average Salary In This Field

Average Salary In This Field

$32,390 to
Per Year

Potential Careers

Potential Careers

Solar Installer
Electrician Apprentice

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