Job Description, Salary, Job Requirements and more
What Does an Electrician Do?
An Electrician is responsible for installing, maintaining, repairing electrical systems. They work in both commercial and residential settings: from homes, to stores, schools, manufacturing facilities, and more.
An Electrician can also specialize in certain areas such as building wiring, outside linemen, or focus specifically on new construction projects. You can also specialize in maintenance working on repairing electronic equipment when it breaks.
- Read blueprints.
- Install, repair, and maintain electrical systems and components (lighting, wiring, transformers, outlets, circuit breakers, etc.).
- Identify electrical problems.
- Adhere to best practices when wiring, re-wiring, or repairing existing electrical systems.
Depending on your State, you may need to become licensed.
- Blueprint reading.
- Knowledge of electrical systems.
- Electrical system installation.
- Knowledge of local regulations and code.
- Continual learning to stay up to date on codes and best practices.
Often requires a high school diploma or GED. If you’re entering in through apprenticeship, you’ll need to successfully complete a vocational training program or apprentice under a supervising person or company.
How Much Does an Electrician Make?
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How do I become an Electrician?
To become an electrician, you can enter either a formal or informal apprenticeship program, or you can attend a trade school. Many companies will give either formal training on the job, or do an apprenticeship. You can also attend trade schools and enroll in their plumbing programs. Electrical work can be dangerous if you don’t know what you’re doing so most states require an electrician to be licensed.
Depending on your level of training or experience there are three categories you can be placed into: Journeyman, Master, and Independent contractor. Regardless of your formal education training you will need to finish an apprenticeship to become lincensed. Some states also require an apprenticeship in order to be licensed.
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