Nearly every element of American society is dependent upon reliable electrical service. A recent study revealed a critical need to train and employ more than 250,000 skilled electrical workers to keep pace with energy demand over the next decade. The study, conducted by Klein Tools and the Accelerate Group, found that this demand is in response to the growing need to deploy millions of electric vehicle charging stations, infuse rapid acceleration of renewable energy development, and implement new building systems to meet clean energy standards. That is on top of the existing need for skilled electrical technicians as home and business construction continues to grow; the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects an 8 percent growth for electricians through the year 2029, a rate much faster than average for all occupations. “A March 2021 survey shows both residential and commercial contractors in Arizona have been struggling to find skilled workers to fulfill existing contracts and start new ones,” said the Arizona Registrar of Contractors in a recent press release.
UEI College is working to meet this growing demand in the Valley by launching a new Electrician Technician program at its Phoenix campus, and including the program at the college’s additional new campus opening in Mesa on July 28. Applications are now being accepted for the program at both campus locations.