Welcome to SDETC, the San Diego Electrical Training Center information hub, where you earn while you learn. Join us at SDETC where you can earn a salary and build your career while receiving FREE College credits!

At SDETC, we provide a qualified, highly-skilled work force for the unionized electrical and sound telecommunication industries for San Diego and Imperial Counties of California.

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If you're interested in furthering your career, apply for one of our tuition-free apprenticeship programs:

Inside Wireman Apprenticeship Program

This program is a 5-year training program approved by the Division of Apprenticeship Standards for the State of California. The program requires that each apprentice receive a minimum of 8000 hours of on-the-job training in the electrical construction industry with the supervision of a journeyman wireman electrician.

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Telecommunications Apprenticeship Program

This program is a 4-year training program approved by the Division of Apprenticeship Standards for the State of California. The program requires that each apprentice receive a minimum of 6400 hours of on-the-job training in the electrical construction industry with the supervision of a journeyman sound electrician.

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Intelligent Transportation Systems Apprenticeship Program

This program is a 4-year training program approved by the Division of Apprenticeship Standards for the State of California and the Department of Labor Office of Apprenticeship. The Transportation Systems Apprenticeship scope of work covers street lighting, traffic signals, and intelligent freeway systems.

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How it works...

Apprenticeship combines on-the-job and classroom training, preparing the apprentice for a career as a skilled craftsman. Apprentices work during the day at training assignments with contractors (employers), who pay the apprentice directly for time worked. Apprentices may be sent to work anywhere in San Diego and Imperial counties.

Apprentices attend school two nights per week two semesters during the year (SDETC operates on a tri-semester year. Our apprenticeship classes are credited through Palomar College, San Marcos, California. All classes are held in classrooms and labs at our training facility in San Diego and/or Imperial Valley.

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Are you a US Military Veteran?

Military experience gives you a jump-start!

You’ve already honed your technical skills. Why start your career from scratch when you leave the military? Use those skills to advance your career right now through the San Diego Electrical Training Center.

The San Diego Electrical Training Center programs are approved for V.A. benefits, and with military background you can automatically by-pass some of our entrance requirements.

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PRESS RELEASE: $3 million grant will fund San Diego Electrical Training Center in Imperial County

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