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If you've always been fascinated by electrical systems and how
they work, a career as an electrician may be for you.
Electricians In a Nutshell
Responsible for truly keeping the lights on, electricians are
the go-to labor workers when it comes to electrical power,
communications and control systems. From your home to your
business, they make sure these essential systems are always in
Why Electricians Are Needed
From frayed wires to total system meltdowns, electricians are
needed to diagnose and repair the power systems we depend on every
day. They inspect electrical components and identify electrical
problems using testing devices, repair or replace wiring, fixtures
and equipment with tools and maintain electrical systems. They also
read blueprints, follow state and local building regulations as
well as train others.
How Electricians Get the Job Done
These are the common tools you may find in an electricians tool
Tool Belt: Complete with plenty of pockets and
a padded waist, this belt is essential for keeping all of the tools
an electrician needs on hand no matter where they are.
Pliers: These are used to twist wires
together for the best connection. They are also used to cute wires
to specified lengths.
Channel Locks: These tools are used to
tighten nuts and connectors.
Nut Drivers: These are helpful for
installing breakers in electrical panels.
Voltage Detector:This comes in handy when an
electrician needs to find out if an electrical circuit is on or
Types of Electricians:
Apprentice Electrician: Under the
supervision of a journeyman electrician, they install, change and
repair conductors, electrical systems and other related equipment.
This work is done while completing the necessary 2,000 hours of
on-the-job training and 144 hours of technical education to become
a journeyman electrician.
Journeyman Electrician: Aside from the work an
apprentice would do, journeyman electricians read blueprints,
install wiring and fixtures, terminate cable and supervise
apprentices. They also troubleshoot electrical problems.
Master Electrician: These experienced
electricians are responsible for the design, installation and
maintenance of electrical systems. They make sure these systems are
up to code and supervise the apprentices and journeyman doing the
work. Most states require master electricians to have a certain
amount of on-the-job experience in order before being.
While on the Job
In order to find and repair electrical problems, electricians
need critical thinking and troubleshooting skills to perform tests
on electrical systems and components to find out what's behind
power issues. They also inspect transformers, circuit breakers and
other electrical components to make sure they're working
What it Takes
To become an electrician, you must have a high school diploma or
something equivalent to start. Then you may enroll in a technical
school to take courses in topics such as circuitry and safety
practices. Continuing education courses may be required after
completing the program and most states require you pass a test and
obtain a license before officially becoming an
High School Education, Technical School, License
Preferred Skills / Experience
Critical Thinking, Troubleshooting, Ability to work with
Tools on the Job
Pliers, Channel Locks, Voltage Detector, Nut Driver
Jobs are expected to grow by 20 percent by 2022
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor,
Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition, Electricians,
on the Internet at
Electrician Mentor, Electrical Tool list at http://www.electricianmentor.com/electrical-tool-list/
Independent Electrical Contractors, Apprenticeship at http://www.ieci.org/apprenticeship/careers