How To Go About Becoming An Electrician
How many of us have, out of necessity, made a quick electrical repair of our own? Did that make you think about becoming an electrician for real? Things have changed drastically in the world of electronics. Electricians are a hot commodity these days.
Are you up to the challenge of becoming an electrician?
Almost anyone can be an electrician, as long as the mental and physical aptitude is present. There are tests you can take to see if you’re suited for the job. First off, quiz yourself:
1. Are you alright with cramped areas, working with your hands, or working in awkward positions?
2. Are you good at math?
3. Are you physically fit?
4. Are you interested in physics and science? If you were able to answer yes to those questions you’re more likely than not a good candidate for becoming electrician.
How do I go about becoming an electrician?
There are apprenticeship programs that take theory, classroom and on the job training and roll them all together. This is a ‘learn as you go’ and get paid for it type of a program. These apprenticeships are usually sponsored by certain contracting companies, unions, or chapters of independent contractors. Once the education is finished a person should be qualified in both construction work and maintenance as it relates to electronics.
How long does it take?
2000 hours of training on the job/four years and classroom learning consisting of 144 HRS each year. Electrical code requirements, theory, blueprint reading, math, safety, construction plans and first aid are all covered in the classroom. Specific training can include soldering techniques, fire alarm systems, elevators, cranes and communications. You’ll cover the simple stuff first like hooking up electrical conduits, setting anchors and drilling holes. Then as you progress you will learn how to calculate load requirements, test and install electrical wiring, how to draw wiring diagrams and how to install outlets and switches.
A large part of becoming an electrician is the course in regulations and permits which are essential in the profession of an electrician. Updates are another important part of the regulation and permit aspects of the job. The person interested in becoming electrician can either choose to specialize in maintenance or construction; or, as many people today are doing, choose to be equipped to do both. The completion of your apprenticeship will consist of an exam, which upon successful completion of; you will be issued your electricians license. Without the license, you cannot work legally as an electrician. Learning on-the-job, developing a reputation for credibility and having in a mentor to show you the ropes is the best way to begin your electrician’s career.
What happens after training?
Clearly, your learning does not end in the classroom. You must do everything in your power to keep up with the latest updates in the realm of electrical systems. Regular training and continued education are essential in order to stay in tune with the latest developments and advancements.
The job prospects for electricians are unlimited. Anything that runs on electricity, and that includes just about everything, at one time or another will need an electrician to service it. Whether it’s part of a maintenance staff for large buildings and factories or house calls through your own business, diligence and continued education will allow you to establish yourself as a trained and trusted electrician. And with decent pay becoming an electrician truly pays off.