There are commercial schools that take 9-12 months and you could probably find employment in a plant at that level but with lower pay. If you were to seriously consider learning the trade, I'd recommend contacting the IBEW (International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers) who offer paid training for a limited number of interested candidates. Selection is competitive and based on a number of different factors that vary by location and economy. IBEW training typically takes 4 years.
my tech school was 2 years for an associates, although some other programs are shorter. it's rather possible to get an apprentice position at any type of commercial plant right out of tech school, but a lot of that depends on grades and if you are familiar with plc's, with a utility plant plc's might not play that much of an issue into anything as a new hire. whether you go to school or not, you still have to start out as an apprentice before you can take the state journeyman's test.