Commercial Electrician


Mark Bacques, Lead Instructor

East Jefferson Site

(504) 671-6725


Abdulbasit Mahmud, Lead Instructor

West Jefferson Site

(504) 671-6832




The use of electrical technology in residential, commercial and industrial settings continues to grow rapidly.  Employment of electricians is expected to grow 23 percent from 2010 to 2020, faster than the average for all occupations. Homes and businesses need more wiring than ever before, and electricians will be needed to install the necessary components. Overall growth of the construction industry and maintenance of older equipment in manufacturing plants also will require more electricians (Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-13 Edition, Electricians, on the Internet at visited April 03, 2013).


All programs emphasize hands-on training integrated with knowledge of theory and study of the National Electrical Code that prepares students to take a national licensure exam. Concepts discussed in lecture are applied through hands-on lab projects. All practical (hands-on) work is performed with an emphasis on shop and work site safety. We have a day program at the West Jefferson site in Harvey and a night program at the East Jefferson site in Metairie. The content is the same in both the days and night programs; however the night program has been broken into smaller pieces to allow for full time day work and part time night school.


Upon completion of the Residential and Commercial Electrician programs, students are eligible to receive the National Center for Construction and Education Research (NCCER) Core and Electrical Level 1 certifications. For more information on the Residential and Small Industrial Electrician programs, click the links on the side of the page. Commercial Electrician information is below.




There are many different fields for electricians to specialize in. Becoming a commercial electrician is one of these fields. The need for a commercial electrician as oppose to a residential electrician is the fact that commercial buildings require a different type of electrical work, mainly based on the fact that a lot more electricity is needed in comparison to a residential building. Our Commercial Electrician program focuses on commercial wiring, motors, transformers, generators, raceways, and National Electric Code (NEC) standards. Students will learn the knowledge and skills needed to install, repair, and maintain commercial electrical systems.




As the name suggests, commercial electricians work in commercial places and properties, such as retail stores, schools and office buildings. The average salary for an electrician in Louisiana is $22.21 per hour/$46,197 per year (LA Workforce Commission, Occupational Wage Data, 2012).




Click here for Commerical Electrician Certificate of Technical Studies, C.T.S. curriculum