How To Get an Electrical License

As long as humans are dependent on electricity, there will always be the need for electricians. Therefore, this can be a lucrative field for someone with interest in circuits and electrical concepts. There are many different fields one can follow that related to electricity, such as inspection, repair, house wiring, construction, motors, appliance repair, computers, and troubleshooting.

Eventually, everything that uses electricity will fail or break and someone has to fix it. Here is where an electrician comes in handy. If you think this is the right career path to follow, then becoming a licensed technician with an electrical license is the best path to pursue. It’s no walk in the park, though, as it might take some time and effort to achieve the proper license.

Young electrician fixing the switchTo become a licensed electrician, one must pass a state mandated test to determine if an individual is qualified enough. There are many ways to approach getting ready for this test, such as going to a trade schools for electricians, taking online courses or even learning on your own at home. No matter what you do, you need to make sure you are familiar with everything involved in the trade before you even think about taking that test.

If attending a trade school or online classes, the first course that you will undergo will discuss and explain electricity, electrical distribution and house circuits. With these concepts in mind, instructions would also include a discussion of safety, federal OSHA standards, national electrical codes and emergency procedures for electrocution.  After the above things have been discussed, you will learn all about the basic tools of the trade which include meters, insulators, resistors, conductors, conduits, switches, remote controls, circuit analyzer tools, relays and thermostats.

After you have learned all the tools and became familiar with how each one operates, you will use them to learn and perform basic installation techniques. Math does come into play a lot in an electrician's job. The level of math knowledge you need would even increase as the level of the electrical work increases, so a general interest in knowledge in mathematical skills would be to your advantage when trying to obtain your electrician's license. As you learn and become familiar with each of the formulas associated with electrical work, you will find that the work gets much easier. You will also want to become comfortable with the metric system, because a lot of the equipment and parts are made in foreign countries in which the metric system is used.

You may also continue to take more specific courses that will help you learn more about certain areas of the industry to more broaden your knowledge. You can specialize in electrical installations for buildings, or perhaps in maintaining generators, and the like.

The next step in the learning process would be learning and understanding parallel circuits, resistance theories and Ohm's law. After you have learned those and the other skills necessary for getting your electrician's license, you will be ready for the state licensing test. After successfully taking the test, you will be given your electrical license and you are ready to offer your services either as an electrical contractor, or as part of a contracting company.


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