Are you looking for a trade job you can land without a four-year degree? Do you want to work in a challenging field that involves solving puzzles and using in-demand skills? Does earning a competitive wage and benefits appeal to you? If so, you may want to become an electrical apprentice and work your way up to become a master electrician.
Learn what it takes to become an electrical apprentice and how it can lead to exciting career opportunities.
Your Role as an Electrical Apprentice
As an entry-level electrician, you begin your path of education and on-the-job training to become a journeyman electrician and, later, a master electrician. Be prepared to start in the early morning hours, work at least 40 hours per week, and have homework to complete each afternoon.
You typically begin training by doing very basic work under the guidance of journeyman electricians and master electricians. Common tasks include gathering tools, digging holes, running electrical wire, observing, and cleaning up. Make sure you are on time, do as instructed, and stay until dismissed.
As you progress, you will receive more challenging duties and responsibilities like repairing, testing, and installing electrical circuits. This lets you earn money as you gain the skills and experience required to become a licensed electrician. The more you advance, the more income you can earn.
Qualifications for an Electrical Apprenticeship
You must be at least 18 years old, have a high school diploma or GED, be physically able to do electrical work, and pass a color blindness test to distinguish the colors of wiring. Other requirements include having 1 year of algebra or passing a math assessment test, participating in an in-person interview, passing a drug screen, and providing a DMV printout.
Your apprenticeship should require 4 weeks of classroom training per year and 4 to 6 years to finish. Completion of your program shows employers you are dedicated to the work, are able to perform it, and have mastered the basics of the trade.
Landing an Electrical Apprenticeship
Since becoming an electrical apprentice can be a competitive process, you need to differentiate yourself from all other applicants. One way to do this is by reading all you can about the interview questions that may be asked. Also, practice your firm handshake and confident introduction to create a positive first impression and clean presentation. Additionally, demonstrate your dedication to taking the initiative, following directions, and doing what it takes to succeed.
Find an Electrical Job
When the time comes to land your first electrical job, get in touch with CCS Construction Staffing. Use this link to our job board.