How to Become an Electrician

To become an electrician, you will be required to go through apprentice program that may last from 3 to 5 years. Unlike other fields of constructions where people are able to acquire their skills informally on the job, to become an electrician, you will be required to enroll for the program since you will to have to have  a license before operation.

Basic skills in English and math

To become an electrician, you will be required to have good English and mathematics skills. Most of the electrical instruction manuals are written in English, hence the need of one to have good English skills. One should also have passed other requirements the training institution may set like having a high school certificate. You can take advantage of the electrical courses offered by various training institutions like the military force before enrolling for apprenticeship program.

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Enroll for Electrician apprenticeship programs.

By enrolling for electrician apprenticeship program you will have the chance to get classroom instructions and on-the-job electrician trainings. This program mostly runs for at least four years. The classroom instruction teaches one electrical theories as well as techniques used in the installation and maintenance of electrical systems. One also takes classes in blueprint reading, electrical safety practices and mathematics. Apprentice electricians may also be given specialized training in alarm systems, soldering, heavy equipment handling and communications. By the end of the program you will have had over 144 hours in class work.

In the on-the-job training, apprentices are allowed to work under the supervision of trained and experienced electricians. The trained instructors will show you how to drill holes, set anchors and perform many other basic things electricians have to do. You will be shown how to measure, and install channels, connect electrical wiring and install and connect switches.

During the training you will be taught how to lay out and draw circuit diagrams.  By the time you are through with the apprentice program, you will be required to show mastery in work practices and the use of electrical tools correctly.

If you choose to first have the classroom trainings, then look for an electrical apprenticing job where you will be taught the practical part of the program. After successfully completing the program you will be required to sit for an exam for licensing.

Get your License

Though the licensing requirements vary from state to state, most areas require electricians to be licensed. You will be required to sit for and pass the areas’ examination that is aimed at testing your know-how in different fields such as in electrical theory, local electric and building codes, national electrical code and other electrical fields.

Pursuing further studies

After completing this program, you will be required to gain some experience in the field before enrolling for further education. The continuing education is mainly for specialized areas like to learn how to be able to install and maintain low voltage in video systems. After completing this class you can advance your job and work as an electrician supervisor or become construction superintendents.


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