Frequently Asked Questions
Why choose M.E.I?
M.E.I. has state-of-the-art hands-on labs, engaging classroom instruction, and the most flexible options available. Our courses are set up so you can work during the day… earning money and accruing hours of experience in the field.
We do not require “British Literature,” “German Polka History,” or any other unrelated courses. We are all about producing electricians in the state of Maine. Our courses and our programs are exactly that. They will ACTUALLY be useful and profitable for you to take.
Our costs include the use of books. We do not play games with “tuition AND books.” The advertised prices have no hidden fees (parking, administration, book, or any other fees that raise the price of your schooling experience).
We are born and raised Mainers who have been in the electrical industry for an average of 25 years or more. Why not choose M.E.I.?
When do classes meet?
Our regular in-class program courses are held one day a week for our first-year students. In 2022, they will take place on Wednesdays at two different times. Either from 8am-1:30pm or from 2:30-7:30pm. Class runs from September through June.
We offer other stand-alone courses throughout the year during the daytime and during the weekends for those who need enrichment courses.
How long does it take to complete the program?
The full Journeyman program takes 2 school years (September through June). We choose to take the summer off so that we can all enjoy summer evenings which come and go so quickly in Maine.
NOTE: The first year of the program is designed to allow you to get your “Limited to Residential” license (if you also have the required hours of field experience).
What do I need to provide?
- Laptop & internet connection for required homework
- Hand tools (see tools required in course catalog)
- Current version of the National Electrical Code Book
- Pen, Pencil, Notebook
- A great attitude
What is the difference between Self-Paced and Livestream Classes?
Livestream classes are a method of education where you join the class remotely. We have state-of-the-art audio/visual equipment which allows you to join the class remotely and still have a quality experience. This requires you to be logged in and participate live with the class.
Self-paced correspondence courses are just that–we mail you a book and you study on your own with limited to no instructor interaction.
What if I move away or cannot finish?
One of the things that makes us unique as a trade school is that we have designed each course to stand alone. Many schools have a program that is all or nothing, and if you leave before finishing, you get no credit for all your work.
Our courses, on the other hand, are each individual courses and as long as you finish a course, your transcript will reflect completion of those courses.
This is extremely important in the event that you have a life disrupting event that prevents you from continuing on with M.E.I. Your effort will not be wasted. The state of Maine will recognize those courses which you have completed with us.
Do I get my electrical license upon completion?
No. Upon completion of the program, you will have met the educational requirements for the state of Maine. However, you need to have the required work experience as well (see how to become an electrician). Once you have both requirements met, you will be eligible to take your license exam. You will not receive your license until this point.
Is M.E.I. accredited? What do I get upon completion?
M.E.I. is a “State Approved Course Provider.” Our provider # is 137 and can be found on Maine.gov as such.
If you desire to become an electrician, we offer the training required to get your license, therefore we are not a degree program.
M.E.I. is not accredited per se through a national accreditation board. Rather, we strive to satisfy the requirements of the state of Maine (one of the strictest in the nation). We do not issue a degree, but we do not make you take courses that do not pertain to becoming an electrician either.
So what do you get? You will get a Certificate of Completion for each course you take and/or an official transcript that will satisfy the Maine Electrical Board to allow you to sit for your exam.