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) hosted 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 followed on the heels of IECRM’s record-breaking 153 member graduating class. Most proud notable about this graduating class was that they were 100 percent employed and none of these graduates is saddled with school debt.
At the Career Fair, attendees met with prospective employers and were able to take advantage of the occasion to talk with them about job opportunities, needs, training, IECRM’s apprentice programs and financial benefits. Top-notch companies with many job openings in the electrical, energy and construction industry attended and exhibited. Some contractors conducted onsite interviews, but many others set up call-backs for private interviews after the Career Fair. One contractor hired two apprentices on-site that day.
Contractors present included:
Colorado Electric Supply
Malm Electrical Contractors
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||None|
|Number of Jobs, 2014||628,800|
|Job Outlook, 2014-24||14% (Much faster than average)|
|Employment Change, 2014-24||85,900|
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.