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MSU Electrical Technology Certificate Program is a complete electrical apprenticeship training program

Graduates of the Electrical Technology Program at Michigan State University (MSU) are in high demand – every year, available jobs outnumber graduates. Undergraduate students are also in high demand, and often there are more internships available than students to fill them.

The 15-month long on-campus certificate program provides students with the advanced technical training needed to pursue a successful career in the electrical field. The complete electrical apprenticeship training program integrates a wide range of disciplines through hands-on laboratory learning, classroom learning, and on-the-job training. The MSU program originated in 1970 because of an expressed need for trained field personnel in rural parts of the state. It teaches residential, agricultural, commercial and industrial wiring, and is the only program in the country that offers agricultural wiring as a major focus area.  The program is approved by the U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Apprenticeship and Training, and by the Electrical Administrative Board, Bureau of Construction Codes, and the State of Michigan.

Students study the latest in electrical codes, electrical fundamentals, various electrical installations, motor controls, and solid state electronic applications.  Throughout the program, students also receive training in energy efficiency and alternate power systems.  Students successfully completing the requirements (48 credits) of the Electrical Technology program receive a Certificate from the Institute of Agricultural Technology.

To graduate from the program, students must complete a professional internship, working in the electrical trade for up to 22 weeks. The professional internship experience allows students to gain actual field experience under the supervision of an employer and MSU faculty members. In addition to seeking full-time employment after graduating from the 15-month certificate program, it is possible for students to transfer into a four-year MSU degree program. 

Graduates are the program’s real measure of success. Two-thirds of program graduates start their own electrical business at some point in time, and 65 percent of these graduates will work in an electrical trade in their hometown. The median wage upon becoming licensed is $58,020. Ninety percent of program graduates pass the State of Michigan Journey Exam – the state average is 44 percent.

To be accepted into the Electrical Technology Program at MSU, students need to have a high school diploma, or equivalent. There is no required minimum ACT or SAT score, and previous experience in the electrical field is not required. Students are strongly encouraged to have a successful academic performance record, or the equivalent of a 2.0 grade point average in math, writing and science courses.  

For more information on the program, visit the official registrar site <https://reg.msu.edu/AcademicPrograms/Print.aspx?Section=1446> or the program site <https://www.egr.msu.edu/bae/campus>. 

Photo of ET Student completing hands-on lab experience

Electrical Technology student completing hand-on lab experience.