Electricity & Cabling I & II


Program Synopsis:  Electricity & Cabling I & II are designed to allow students to gain the skills and knowledge necessary to enter the electrical trade in the construction industry.

Electricity/Cabling I: Electricity & Cabling I is designed to provide preparation of students for entry into electricity-related occupations. Basic principles of electricity are stressed in the first year, with emphasis on residential wiring. Fundamentals are learned through the use of materials, tools, and techniques used in installation, maintenance, and repair of electrical equipment. Students will spend time at actual construction sites. NOTE: Students can earn one year of a four-year state/national approved apprenticeship program. Students will have the opportunity to earn the 10-hour OSHA certification. Students who qualify may be placed with an electrical contractor for summer work.

Electricity/Cabling II:  The second year Electricity & Cabling student continues to study direct, and alternating current (AC/DC), industrial electricity, and motors, as related to practical laboratory work in home, and industrial wiring. All projects include applied math, theory, and fundamentals in the field of electricity. Students may participate in the construction of a house. With approval, and recommendation of the teacher, students may spend time in actual work experiences during the second semester. NOTE: students can earn one year of a four-year state/national approved apprenticeship program.

Instructors:  Both of the electricity instructors at Highland Springs Technical Center work closely together to bring their many years of experience in the fields of residential, commercial, industrial and maintenance electrician construction.  Together they produce a well-rounded electrical helper that will be ready to start an electrical apprenticeship after graduating from high school


Mr. Spicer entered into his electrical apprenticeship in 1997 and graduated top of his class.  After several years of working as a Journeyman electrician in the areas of commercial and industrial construction, he then decided to become an electrical instructor at Highland Springs Technical Center.  Mr. Spicer was a former student of the Highland Springs Technical Center Electricity program in 1990-1991 and was Teacher of the Year in 2009! He has been an Instructor here since 2005.



Mr. Cline has been in the electrical trade since 1996. He did mostly renovations, additions and service work with the Residential side of the trade. In a few short years, he became a Journeyman and began running jobs throughout Virginia. After working as an Electrician for Henrico County Public Schools for four years, he decided to come to Highland Springs Technical Center to teach young people the trade. Mr. Cline is a Master Electrician and Teacher of The Year in 2010 and 2013! He has been an Instructor at HSTC since 2007.

Desired Aptitudes:  Good health, manual dexterity, and good eyesight. Good hand-eye coordination, and following instructions are vital, as is the ability to manipulate small tools, and electrical equipment.

Employment Outlook (According to the Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-13 Edition):


Job Summary

Median Salary
Electricians Electricians install and maintain electrical systems in homes, businesses, and factories. $48,250