The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that employment opportunities for electricians will grow 20 percent between 2012 and 2022. Since there is a shortage of electricians, becoming an electrician is a career to consider. Here’s what you should know about becoming an electrician.
Attend a Technical School
The path to getting a job as an electrician may begin by attending a technical school and taking a course in electrical technology. After finishing the course, you receive a certificate or a diploma. After finishing technical school, most students get more training by taking an apprenticeship.
To find out about apprenticeship programs, you can start by contacting the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers or the National Electrical Contractors Association, which together formed the Electrical Training Alliance. You may also want to contact your local chapter of the Independent Electrical Contractors association, Additionally, try local unions of the building trades and contractors’ associations.
Have an Interest in Math and Mechanics
If you did not attend technical school, before enrolling in an apprenticeship program, it’s helpful to have studied electricity, math and mechanical drawing. Also note that electricians need stamina because they may have to use ladders and scaffolds. They may also need to move heavy objects and work in all kinds of weather conditions.
Apply for an Apprenticeship
Though lengths may vary, apprenticeships typically last four to five years. Generally, they require that candidates be at least 18 years old and have a high school diploma or a GED. Additionally, many require at least one year of algebra and passing scores on an aptitude test. Candidates may also have to pass a drug test.
Get an Electrician's License
After you get your training, you need to get a license. Some states regulate electricians and issue them licenses after they pass a test. Other states play no part in the licensing process and leave it to local governments.
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