The General Electronics Pathway at Pickens Technical College sets you up for success in a much-needed and often overlooked profession. Working with electronic equipment puts you in a position to be a major asset to many companies and organizations who need experts to keep their equipment running efficiently. When things break down, no one seems to know how to fix them, until a licensed, professional electrical equipment technician appears.
You’ve already uncovered a lucrative career that many didn’t have access to. This lack of access and the recent dearth of qualified workers in this field means you have an advantage over many others. Whether you’re looking for your first job or shifting careers, the business world in the U.S. needs more skilled electrical equipment technicians like you. You’ll be entering a very favorable job market, full of opportunities to take your pick of positions available.
The Value of Certified Electrical Equipment Technicians
According to Electrical Construction and Maintenance Magazine, electrical education and certification improve maintenance services and safety for everyone. Electrical equipment carries the risk of bodily harm for anyone who isn’t trained to fix it. These professionals rely on you to help them keep their tools and equipment up and running and to fix it safely when it breaks down. In addition to the obvious physical dangers electrical equipment carries, malfunctioning equipment also can cause product damage, production or business interruption, legal challenges, and public relations costs. In other words, more businesses than ever are relying on sophisticated electrical equipment, and they’ll need more skilled workers like you to help maintain it and avoid costly and dangerous breakdowns and other incidents.
The more certified and skilled electrical equipment technicians there are, the safer the companies that hire them and the products they create are. The problem is that there aren’t enough skilled electrical equipment technicians out there.
Big Money, Small Debt
Too many post-high school people see a four-year college as their only option. Hayden Bramlett, a 28-year-old who is finishing his electrician training program in Atlanta and was interviewed for a piece by Bloomberg News said, “I never knew this was an option. I was steered toward college. It feels good to know I could walk out the door and get a job.” Bramlett’s ignorance of vocational training opportunities is typical of many young people coming out of high school. Most families steer their children toward the familiar four-year college education everyone else is doing, but there could be more risks in that plan than exploring your options at a place like PTC.
Instead of wracking up huge amounts of debt, more young people are realizing they can be trained as electronic equipment technicians and start making money much sooner than they would if they went to a traditional university, and their debt loads are much less.
Colorado is facing a shortage of specialized workers who know electronics and equipment. You’re on your way to a lucrative career if you graduate from Pickens’ General Electronics program.