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May 8, 2013

Blinn electrical technology can kick start electrician career

Six-week course puts students on track to jobs in a high-demand specialty

Blinn College’s A.W. Hodde, Jr. Technical Education Center has open spots available for a certificate program that prepares students for a career as an electrician.

The electrical technology course lasts six weeks, with classes from 8 a.m. ― 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The course covers electrical safety, hand bending, fasteners and anchors, electrical theory, test equipment, introduction to electrical blueprints, raceway, boxes, fittings, conductors and wiring.

“It’s a course that takes you from literally knowing nothing about electricity to the point where you can get certified to work under an electrician, become a journeyman and eventually become a master electrician,” said David Yeager, director of the Hodde  Center. “We do everything we can to make certain our students are prepared for the workplace.”

As part of the course, employers interview the students for openings that may be available to students after they complete the program. According to Yeager, graduates can earn between $11 and $17 per hour.

The course costs $1,750, and partial scholarships are available. The next class begins May 20.
Other upcoming courses at the Hodde Center include: phlebotomy technician, beginning June 3; journeyman electrician exam review, beginning June 6; professional office specialist, beginning June 10; certified med aide update, beginning June 22; and machining technology, beginning June 24.

For more class information or to fill out a scholarship application, visit: or call 979-830-4443.

Blinn’s Hodde Center was built in 2009 to help meet the current and future workforce needs of Washington and surrounding counties.