CAREER FAIR TO ADDRESS SHORTAGE OF ELECTRICIANS Employment Opportunities for Electricians Growing Rapidly Along Front Range
Employment opportunities for electricians are growing faster than the average for all occupations in the U.S. Colorado’s building boom in homes and businesses up and down the Front Range require more wiring, electrical power, and systems automation including communications, lighting and control systems. Yet many employers report difficulty finding qualified applicants.
To help address the great need as well as provide opportunities for aspiring electricians, the Independent Electrical Contractors Rocky Mountain (IECRM) will host a Career Fair on Thursday, June 14 from 3:00 – 6:00 PM at its state-of-the-art training facility in Fort Collins.
This hiring event follows on the heels of IECRM’s record-breaking 153 member graduating class. Most notable about this graduating class is that they are 100 percent employed and none of these graduates are saddled with school debt — some of the most intriguing aspects of the IECRM Apprenticeship Training Program.
At the Career Fair, participants will meet prospective employers and will be able to take advantage of the occasion to talk with them about job opportunities, needs, training, IECRM’s apprentice programs and financial benefits. Attending and exhibiting will be top-notch companies with immediate job openings in the electrical, energy and construction industry. Onsite interviews will be available for a variety of jobs from apprentices and journeymen to project managers and sales and marketing.
IECRM offers apprenticeship training and continuing education programs to support education in the residential, commercial, and industrial aspects of the industry, including basic electrical theory and practices, safety, new electric code regulations and changes, motor control and system applications, and other required certifications and skills needed in the profession.
“Our training provides job skills that will last a lifetime and provide a living wage, while simultaneously increasing the supply of electricians needed,” says Marilyn Stansbury, CEO of IECRM. “Military veterans, women, and minorities are encouraged to attend the career fair for job opportunities within the electrical industry. And, IECRM provides classroom instruction while apprentices are employed full time and receiving on-the-job training in the industry.”
Demand for new electricians in the next decade is projected to double the national baseline, creating instant and reliable job security. As a career, electrical contracting ensures life-long learning for new methods, regulations, code changes, and technology. “It is a field where high quality, good work is rewarded, paying more than average jobs in other trade sectors,” says Stansbury. “In other words, electrical contracting is a hot industry and very cool career.”
Quick Facts: Electricians
2015 Median Pay
|$51,880 per year
$24.94 per hour
|Typical Entry-Level Education||High school diploma or equivalent|
Work Experience in a Related Occupation
|Number of Jobs, 2014||628,800|
|Job Outlook, 2014-24||
14% (Much faster than average)
|Employment Change, 2014-24||
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics; US Department of Labor
Colorado requires electricians receive both classroom instruction and on the job training to be eligible to sit for the Journeyman’s exam and receive licensure.
The June 14 Career Fair will be held at IECRM, 912 Smithfield Drive, #1&2 Ft. Collins, Colorado 80524.
For more information, call 303-853-4886. Or register at www.iecrm.org/careerfair
IECRM is a trade association for the electrical contracting and renewable energy industry serving Colorado and Wyoming. It represents more than 225 member companies and educates more than 2200 electrical apprentices and licensed electricians annually. IECRM serves all of the Denver Metro area with campuses in Northglenn and Ft. Collins, and offers live, online instruction for remote students.
The IECRM Career College is recognized by the U.S. DOL Office of Apprenticeship (OA), and approved and regulated by the Colorado Department of Higher Education, Division of Private Occupational Schools Board.