How To Become a Professional Electrician

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Being an electrician can be an excellent career path for anyone looking for a challenging, hands on, and rewarding career.  Due to the difficulty of completing electrical projects, electricians will always be in demand and will always be well compensated.  Many electricians earn over $40 per hour.  The following article will give steps needed to be taken and tip on how to become an electrician.

Becoming an electrician will require some education, most of which is offered by high schools and colleges.  If you are still in school and interested in becoming an electrician, you should take courses such as industrial arts, which may focus a portion of the curriculum on electronics.  Other courses which teach vital information needed to become an electrician include math, sciences, and engineering.  If you are in college, electrical engineering coursework will teach you much of what you need to know to become an electrician.

After completing your education, the next step in how to become an electrician is to find a job.  Electricians are highly sought by the armed forces.  Joining the armed forces as an electrician may be the best option for many individuals, as the armed forces offer many benefits including good pay, and stable retirement benefits.  The army may also pay for your electrical training.  After serving in the army, many people opt to focus their electrical career in a private field.

Another option of how to become an electrician would be to look into becoming an electrical apprentice.  The National Electrical Contractors Association will offer you advice in how to apply for an apprentice position.  Positions as an apprentice vary, and can either be very general or can be quite specialized.  Specialized electrical apprentices can choose fields including outside linemen, inside linemen, residential wiremen, or commercial wiremen.

Apprentices typically need to complete 144 or more hours of classroom training as well over 2,000 hours of on the job training.  Apprentices are given increasingly more difficult tasks as the apprenticeship continues.  After completing the apprenticeship, you can then apply for electrical license.

After obtaining your electrical license, you have many options.  You may want to consider joining an electrical union who will give you consistent work flow.  There are many benefits of joining a union, such as consistent pay, and good benefits.  Disadvantage of joining a union are that you won’t run your own business, and your personal compensation is somewhat limited.

If you don’t want to join a union, you can either work for another electrical contractor or start your own contracting business.  It is normally a good idea to work for another electrical contractor to get your feet with.  Once you feel you are in a good position to find customer, you may want to consider starting your own electrical contracting business.


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