An electrician is a tradesperson specializing in electrical wiring of commercial buildings, electrical transmission lines, power distribution systems, mobile machinery, and other related electric-mechanical equipment. Electricians can also be employed in the repair and installation of already existing electrical infrastructure or the construction of new electrical units. Whatever their job description, an electrician’s main role is to make sure that everyone in the building or structure has access to electricity.
A long time ago, before there were any electrical wires or power distribution systems, people learned how to do things by hand, which was not only slow but inefficient and often dangerous. This led to the development of what we now call the ‘benefits’ of learning to draw on the knowledge of others in order to learn how to work with electricity. To this end, electrician apprentice programs were created to train apprentice electricians in all aspects of the trade. Today’s electrician apprentice program comes with both classroom and on-the-job training and may last a few weeks to a few months, depending on the specific trade.
A benefit of learning how to work with electricity through apprentice programs is that electricians learn how to safely handle all types of wiring and electrical equipment they will be using around the workplace. By the time most electricians have graduated from their apprentice programs, they are generally considered very knowledgeable about all types of electricity and the safest ways to handle it. Most electricians today receive some type of industry certification during the course of their apprenticeship and continuing education for electrician licensing.
When you sign up for an apprenticeship program, the first step you will take to get started is to inquire about job training and education requirements. Some states only require that you complete an apprenticeship program; others require that you complete a certain amount of job training and education as well. Regardless of what your state requires, it is important that you find out what is required for the position you are applying for. In some cases, you may even be able to submit an application and guarantee acceptance if your state doesn’t mandate a minimum amount of education or training.
Once you have found a legitimate apprenticeship and obtained the proper education, you can either choose to attend a vocational program through your school or online, or you can enroll in some of the more popular online electrician schools. The choice of which school to attend really depends on your comfort level and personal preference. By taking a vocational program or an online course, you will be able to complete some of the necessary learning faster and have more time available to complete the requirements. If you decide to attend a vocational program at a school, you can choose from high school diploma holders, GED courses or other academic alternatives. You will be able to complete the necessary practical courses, such as electrical installation or maintenance, wiring procedures, along with many others, in a short period of time.
Upon completion of the coursework, you will become certified as an apprentice electrician. At this point, you will have a greater understanding of what you need to know and you should be able to find work fairly easily. Most employers prefer to hire an apprentice over a journeyman electrician because the journeyman has more experience and is able to perform a wider range of tasks than the apprentice. Depending on your location, you may also want to consider becoming licensed while working as an apprentice. This will give you more job security and increase your earning potential.