Is Becoming an Electrician For You?
Have you thought about becoming an electrician? Most great electricians are natural problem solvers. Imagine your power going out just before Thanksgiving dinner – who would you call? Electricians are vital to everyone, everywhere. Being an electrician offers plenty of challenges. You’ll install and repair wiring in all kinds of buildings – from homes to factories. And you’ll play a crucial role in identifying problems and testing equipment like circuit breakers and transformers. There are thousands of entry-level electrician jobs and helper jobs available across the country. and companies are actively looking for employees. Some even provide on-the-job training. You could receive around 2,000 hours of paid training for each year of a typical five-year program. It’s worth knowing, electricians are considered journeymen, meaning you can progress your career to perform alone.
- Plan electrical systems
- Inspect and maintain circuit breakers and transformers
- Decode circuit diagrams and blueprints
- Troubleshoot electrical issues
You’ll need a high school diploma or equivalent.
Train through a tech trade school and earn credits towards an apprenticeship.
Learn on the Job
Find an electrician apprenticeship through an employer or association and learn as you work – pass your exams to gain your license.
Get your Qualifications
Learn on-the-job through an apprenticeship program (typically takes four to five years).
Ex-military may qualify for a shorter apprenticeship.
Enjoy Job Security
Create job opportunities and increase your salary potential with further certifications as a journeyman.
Pass the trade-knowledge and exams to get licensed and become certified.
Continue training to become a licensed master electrician.