Commercial Electric Construction, Occupational Certificate

Program Information

Have you considered a hands-on skill that is very much in demand throughout the Houston region? San Jacinto College’s electrical technology program is the answer. Homeowners, builders, and businesses rely on skilled electricians for repairs and new installations. A career as a journeyman or master electrician puts you in demand. Our programs help you master everything from simple residential wiring to complex commercial and industrial power and controls for the area’s petrochemical plants and business infrastructure.

The San Jacinto College electrical technology program:

Uses a curriculum that prepares students to fill entry-level positions in residential, commercial, and industrial electrical fields;
Prepares students for jobs in maintenance, design, marketing, estimating, and other electrical-related industries;
Offers daytime and evening courses that enable apprentices to start accumulating the required on-the-job experience; and
Prepares students for journeyman and master electrical exams.

Additional Information

The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR) requires an apprentice to have 8,000 hours of on-the-job experience to take the journeyman exam. A master electrician candidate must have 12,000 hours of verifiable experience.

Career Opportunities

According to the US Department of Labor, employment of electricians is expected to increase faster than average for all occupations through the year 2022. Increases in population and economy will provide a demand for more electricians to install and maintain electrical devices and wiring in homes, factories, offices, and other structures.

Experienced electricians can advance to jobs as:

  • Supervisors,
  • Project managers,
  • Construction superintendents,
  • Estimators,
  • Electrical inspectors,
  • Electrical contractors, and
  • Master electricians.

Earning Potential

Electrician median salary: $56,420 per year1

1 Source:, Gulf Coast region, 2018.

For more information, students may contact Central campus, 281-478-2799; or North campus, 281-998-6150, x7346.


Central Campus
North Campus


The electrical technology curriculum is designed to provide basic training for students to fill entry-level positions in the fields of construction, maintenance, design, marketing, residential, industrial, commercial, and other electrical-related industries. The trainee certificate is currently only offered to dual credit and early college high school students to meet the unique needs of these dual-enrollment students. Students interested in an electrical certificate may reference the Electrical Technology, Certificate of Technology.  

Plan of Study 

North and Central Campuses


Plan of Study Grid
First Year
First TermCredits
CETT 1302 Electricity Principles 3
ELPT 1321 Introduction to Electrical Safety and Tools 3
Second Term
ELPT 1325 National Electric Code I 3
ELPT 1315 Electrical Calculations I 3
Summer Year One Term
ELPT 1380 Cooperative Education - Electrical and Power Transmission Installation/Installer, General 3
Second Year
First Term
ELPT 1445 Commercial Wiring 4
Second Term
ELPT 1371 Commercial Lighting, Fixtures, and Controls 3
 Total Credits22