Electricians install, maintain, and repair electrical wiring, equipment, and fixtures. They ensure that work is in accordance with relevant codes.
People with good math, reading skills and an interest in technology and working with their hands and on their feet.
Experienced electricians can, with additional management and supervision training and well-developed communication skills, advance to jobs as supervisors, project managers or superintendents, and may eventually start their own contracting business.
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Vocational training, OJT, Apprenticeship or an AAS. May require a Bachelor’s degree.
Electricians learn through apprenticeship programs that typically last 4 years, each with 144 hours of classroom instruction and 2,000 hours of on-the-job training under the supervision of experienced electricians. Licensing is required with continuing education that includes changes in code, safety training, and manufacturer-specific training. Electricians may specialize with additional classes on data, video, communications or energy systems.