If you become an electrician, there are endless possibilities for career growth. With this job currently in demand in different countries and even in your local area, you don’t have to worry about having no job if you are willing to do the work that it entails. To become an electrician, the best way is to become an apprentice.
To qualify for an electrician apprenticeship program the following are required:
- Must be at least 18 years old
- Must be a high school graduate
- Must achieve the qualifying score of the aptitude test
- Must be physically and mentally fit
- Passed high school algebra
- Must be drug-free
An electrician apprenticeship program is a 3-5 year study under the supervision of a Journeyman or a Master Electrician. The apprentice will have classroom lectures, hands-on trainings, on-the-job trainings, internships, and on-site jobs. Since a lot of electrician apprenticeship programs offer salaries, you can earn even if you’re still an apprentice learning to do electrical work. On-the-job trainings are usually around 2000 hours while the lectures are usually 144 hours per year.
In the classroom you’ll have theoretical lectures about electrical works, discussions on building and electrical codes, familiarization on safety standards (because becoming an electrician is an extremely dangerous job due to the nature of work), and you will also be trained how to read blue prints and building plans.
Your first set of tasks as an apprentice is to assist the licensed electricians in doing electrical work. Your jobs will include drilling electrical system holes, assist the licensed electricians with the tools (you may hand each tool to the electrician who does the work so you’ll also get to know the function of the tools), and from time to time, you’ll be assigned harder tasks to test your skills and abilities.
You’ll eventually be assigned to install different electrical wirings, inspect establishments if it complies with safety and security standards of a building, electrical repairs, and read the building plan to effectively install electrical wirings, switches, devices and outlets. You will be practicing thoroughly until you’ve done all the tasks required of an electrician.
Since technology involves a lot of electrical work, you also need to be updated with all the current tools, techniques and skills to cope with the new technological advancements.
At the end of your electrician apprenticeship program, you need to take a licensing exam to be able to operate legally. There are requirements (requirements may also vary in different states of countries) you must comply with, so you need to take note of them and fulfill them all to become a full-fledged licensed electrician.
After successfully completing the electrician apprenticeship program, you can choose to work in a company (since there are a lot of companies hiring different kinds of electricians in different countries), serve local clients by being a self-employed electrician, or you can also establish your own business in the electrical industry. Electricians also have competitive pay compared to other jobs due to the hard nature of the work.