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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.

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An electrician may rewire a home one day and install a fuse box in a factory the next. (Credit: guruXOX/Shutterstock)
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A Day In the Life
A Day In the Life

Electrician Adolfo Terrero trained on-the-job and does everything from installing breakers to re-wiring houses. He sees himself becoming a manager at his company in years to come. For Adolfo, it’s all about satisfaction. He says “I’m so proud of my job. You can come back to the job site and can see people smiling, and it’s all because you did a really good job.” Watch the video or see how Adolfo is shaping his career.

Job Responsibilities
  • Plan electrical systems
  • Inspect and maintain circuit breakers and transformers
  • Decode circuit diagrams and blueprints
  • Troubleshoot electrical issues
Education + Training
Get started

Get Started

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

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.

Qualifications

Get your Qualifications

Get your license. Learn on-the-job through an apprenticeship program. 
Ex-military may qualify for fast-track apprenticeships.

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Enjoy Job Security

Create job opportunities and increase your salary potential with a journeyman certification or continue training to become a licensed master electrician.

Electrician License and Certificate Requirements

You may need a state license before you can begin working as a Electrician in your state, but most states have different requirements, license fees, and application forms. The good news - we make it super easy for you to find what you need to get your Electrician License. Enter your zip code to get started.

Electrician Work Requires:

Communicate

Communication and listening skills

Heavy materials

Handling heavy materials and tools

Stamina

Stamina and flexibility

Math

Basic math knowledge

Safety

Safety-consciousness

Color blindness

Non-color blindness

Electrician Training in Your Area

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Residential- Electrical Technology Certificate

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Commercial- Electrical Technology Certificate

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Electrical / Electronic Fundamental

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Electronic Technology, A.A.S.

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Basic Electronics Technician

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Electrical Engineering Technology, A.A.S.

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