Philadelphia Residential and Commercial Electricity School

Hands-On Training for a Career as an Electrician

Learn by doing! At Orleans Technical College, you can earn your Trades Diploma in just 6 or 13 months and take the first step toward an exciting career in Residential and Commercial Electricity. Enter the field prepared to keep the power going and handle service wiring from the ground up in residential, commercial, and public establishments. Employment opportunities range from electrical installers and troubleshooters, to maintenance and electrical assistants.


  • Program Objective

    The Residential and Commercial Electricity student will be able to design, install, troubleshoot, replace, upgrade, and maintain electrical equipment in residential and commercial electrical systems per requirements and guidelines mandated by the National Electrical Code. Students are instructed in the identification, care, and proper use of electrical tools and equipment. They learn mathematics for use in the electrical trade. They also study basic theory, electrical control systems, and single-phase and multi-phase electrical motors. Power supplies and power distribution for commercial establishments are taught.

  • Upcoming Classes

    September 23, 2016 Apply Now

    December 20, 2016 – EVENING Apply Now

    January 3, 2017 Apply Now

    March 28, 2017 Apply Now

    June 20, 2017 Apply Now

  • Employment Opportunities

    Graduates of this course are prepared for entry-level employment as electrical installers and troubleshooters, and as maintenance and electrical assistants in residential, commercial, and public establishments.

    Career Outlook

    According to the U.S. Department of Labor, employment of electricians is projected to grow 20 percent from 2012 to 2022, faster than the average for all occupations.
    Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, “Occupational Outlook Handbook,” 2014–15 Edition.

  • Industry Certification

    Students in this program are eligible to receive industry recognized certification from NOCTI upon successful completion of certification exams.

  • Articulation Agreement

    Orleans Technical College will accept 1 transfer-in credit for “Introduction to Electricity” for our Residential & Commercial Electricity program. This opportunity is available to applicants who have successfully completed courses at participating high schools in PDE’S Programs of Study. Applicants must demonstrate successful completion at the high school level and pass a competency exam to have the credits awarded.

  • Gainful Employment Information

    Residential & Commercial Electricity SOC: 47-2111.00 CIP: 46.0302

    For Gainful Employment Information, including costs, financing, related jobs, and graduate completion and employment statistics, click on one of the links below:

    > Click Here for 6-month (Day) Program
    > Click Here for 13-month (Evening) Program

    Student Right-to-Know

    Title I, Section 103 of The “Student Right‐to‐Know and Campus Security Act” (P.L. 101‐542) requires institutions eligible for Title IV funding to calculate graduation rates of certificate‐ or degree‐seeking, first‐time, full‐time students entering that institution, and to disclose these rates to all students and prospective students.

    > Click Here for Student Right-to-Know Report for Residential & Commercial Electricity Program

Financial aid is available for those who qualify. Applicants must have a high school diploma or GED, and valid driver’s license. Orleans Tech is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC).