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Electricians install, maintain, and repair electrical power, communications, lighting, and control systems in homes, businesses, and factories.
Electricians enjoy building, creating, problem solving, and have an eye for detail. To become an electrician, most people will participate in a 4- or 5-year apprenticeship program, or you can start out at a technical school. For each year of the apprenticeship program, you typically receive 2,000 hours of paid on-the-job training as well as classroom instruction.
To be an electrician, you will need to have good communication skills in order to work with customers and address their questions on a regular basis. Electricians will also need strong critical-thinking skills and troubleshooting skills to effectively find, diagnose, and repair problems. Physical stamina and strength are also important as you will often need to move around all day while running wire, connecting fixtures to the wire, and moving heavy components.
After two years, if you have gone to a technical school or have begun participating in an apprenticeship program, you can expect to have started learning and mastering skills related to electrical theory, blueprint reading, mathematics, electrical code requirements, and safety and first-aid practices.
After five years, you can expect to have completed your apprenticeship program and you will advance to the next step in which you are considered a journey worker. As a journey worker, you may begin to perform duties on your own.
After ten years of experience and on the job training, you can expect to be considered a master electrician. Some master electricians choose to own their own business and even train other electricians.