"WHERE TRAINING AND ACADEMICS COME TOGETHER…"
Electrical apprenticeship is similar to college in that it is a four to five year program in length.
Earn a wage while you learn. The apprentice works side-by-side with an experienced journeyman.
The vast majority of training occurs on-the-job and is supplemented by classroom instruction.
The classroom instruction of at least 144 hours a year is held in the Fall and Winter, generally
two evenings a week, from 6pm to 9pm, until all related classroom hours are complete.
TO BECOME AN ELECTRICIAN
Include manual dexterity, eye-hand coordination, physical fitness and a
good sense of balance. The ability to solve arithmetic problems quickly and accurately
also is required. Good color vision is needed because workers frequently must identify electrical
wires by color. In addition, a good work history or military service
is viewed favorable by apprenticeship committees and employers.
NATURE OF THE WORK
Electricians connect all types of wire to circuit breakers, transformers, outlets, or other components.
They join the wires in boxes with various specially designed connectors.
During installation, electricians use hand tools such as conduit benders, screwdrivers, pliers, knives,
hacksaws, and wire strippers, as well as power tools such as drills and saws. After they finish installing
the wiring, they use testing equipment, such as ammeters, ohmmeters, and voltmeters,
to check the circuits for proper connections, ensuring electrical compatibility, and safety of components.
Electricians work with blueprints when they install electrical systems. Blueprints indicate the locations of circuits, outlets,
load centers, panel boards, and other equipment. Electricians must follow the National Electrical Code
and comply with State and local building codes when they install these systems. Regulations vary depending
on the setting and require various types of installation procedures.
Applicants for apprenticeships must be at least 18 years old and have a high school diploma or a GED certificate of equivalency. Applicant must have completed one full year of high school algebra course with a passing "C" or better.
A current valid driver’s license may be required for employment.
Job opportunities are expected to be good, especially for those with the right skills.
Most electricians acquire their skills by completing an apprenticeship program lasting 4 to 5 years.
Nearly three-fourths of electricians work for building contractors or are self-employed, but
there also will be many job openings for electricians in other industries.
Electricians work both indoors and out; at construction sites, in homes, and in businesses or industrial areas.
Work may be strenuous at times and include bending conduit, lifting heavy objects, and standing, stooping, and kneeling
for long periods of time. When working outdoors, they may be subject to inclement weather conditions.
Some electricians may have to travel long distances to jobsites.
Electricians risk injury from electrical shock, falls, and cuts; they must follow strict safety procedures to avoid injuries.
Most electricians work a standard 40-hour week, although overtime may be required.
In addition to jobs created by the increased demand for electrical work,
many openings are expected to occur over the next decade as a large number of electricians
are expected to retire. This will create good job opportunities for the most qualified jobseekers.
Job openings for electricians, though, will vary by area and will
be greatest in the fastest growing regions of the country.
Employment of construction electricians, like that of many other construction workers, is
sensitive to changes in the economy. This results from the limited duration of construction projects
and the cyclical nature of the construction industry. During economic downturns, job openings
for electricians are reduced as the level of construction activity declines.
Apprenticeship opportunities also are less plentiful during these periods.