Mr. Christos Xerras, Mr. James Gangi


The Electricity Program prepares students for meaningful employment in the fields of electrical contracting, design, or engineering. Achieving proficiency in Electricity requires a s systematic progression beginning with apprenticeship during high school (co-op) or upon graduation. Students are placed with local electrical contractors based on their specific skill sets and applicability to contractor business models. Prior to internships or co-op work, the students are prepared with a comprehensive curriculum based on Massachusetts frameworks and National Standards:

  • Safety and State Licensing Regulations (All students are OSHA 10-Hour CareerSafe certified as well as trained for electrical work safety)
  • Technical Schematics
  • Drawings and Blueprints
  • Proper use of Power and Hand Tools and Diagnostic Equipment
  • Electrical Theory
  • All aspects of Electrical Construction: techniques, material selection, and application
  • Proper use of the National Electrical Code with Massachusetts Amendments

Electricity Program graduates have partial credit toward the education and work requirements for licensure in Massachusetts as a Journeyman Electrician. They may continue their education in two- or four-year programs at technical institutes, colleges or universities and complete licensure requirements through employment and continuing licensure coursework.

Career Paths

  • Master Electrician
  • Journeyman Electrician
  • Public Utility Linesman
  • Solar/Wind Power Installer, Technician
  • Energy/Sustainability Research
  • Engineer—Electrical, Mechanical, Construction, Facilities
  • Architect
  • General Contractor
  • Systems Contractor for Fire/Burglar Alarm
  • Telephone/CATV Technician
  • Electrical Equipment Distribution Supplier

Related Activities and Programs

  • Co-operative Education
  • SkillsUSA
  • Summer internship/employment
  • Simulated Contracting Project—Junior and Senior students create a simulated electrical contracting company and work on campus at Essex Tech and across the North Shore completing jobs including service work, troubleshooting issues, remodeling, new construction, and participating in energy efficient green energy projects.


  • Parents Night for Electricity Seniors
  • Senior Portfolio Presentations
  • Open House