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How To Become An Electrician

By on February 3, 2012

how to become an electricianCompleting an apprenticeship program is essential to become an electrician. There are several apprenticeship programs for training aspiring electricians in different areas of specialties.

Entry requirements usually vary with the type of apprentice program you select to become an electrician. If you have a good physical health, aptitude in math and enjoy working with tools under challenging conditions then you can select a career as an electrician.

How To Become An Electrician

Electrical Apprentice Program

An electrical apprenticeship program can last for 3-5 years depending on the nature of program. Such programs are designed to give the trainees a thorough knowledge of all aspects of trade. They are sponsored by local unions and different electrical contracting companies.

For entering into a standard apprentice program you need to be at least 18 years old with a high school diploma (or its equivalent). You need to pass a skills test and it is desirable to have a background in electronics and mathematics.

As an apprentice you get the opportunity to have a blend of on-the job and off-the job training. A typical apprenticeship program for training electricians provide at least 2000 hours of on-job training and 144 hours of classroom instruction per year.

During on-job training an apprentice is trained in fundamentals like connecting wires, electrical code requirements, testing circuits and using blueprints under supervision of experienced electricians. They instruct and guide apprentice electricians how to drill holes, measure, fabricate and install conduit and test wiring.

Apprenticeship program also teaches basics of engineering, mathematics and electrical safety procedures. As an apprentice you also learn how to draw diagram that is required to set up an electrical system. You qualify to work as maintenance and construction electrician on completion of apprenticeship program.

Licensing

Licensing is essential after you have successfully completed apprenticeship program to become an electrician. Requirements to get a license may vary from area to area.

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Licensing exam tests the knowledge of electricians in local electric codes, electrical theory and National Electrical Code. As an electrician you may need to take periodic courses offered by unions to learn about the changes in methods of installation, materials and electrical code.

Specialization

Electricians are also known as electrical technicians or communication installer depending on the type of their job.

You can select a certain area or pursue a specific type of work to become an expert electrician in that field. There are several areas like electronics, control, low voltage repairing, data communication, cable splicing, etc. available for specialization.

Scope of work

Licensed and experienced electricians are eligible to become supervisors and rise to the position of superintendents. A licensed electrician can become electrical inspector. If you have sufficient capital, contacts and management skills then you can also start your own contracting business for electrical works.

However, you may need to acquire a separate contracting license for this purpose.  Job description of an electrician varies with the specialty and nature of job. Specialized electricians can find jobs that offer higher salary and better prospects for career development.

Finally

Time and procedure required to become an electrician is fairly lengthy. You need to plan early from your high school days, select a proper apprentice program and area of specialization and stay focused.

In a society, where electrical power is a necessity, there will be a steady demand for skilled electricians for keeping the electrical systems running.

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