With the Department of Labor projecting job prospects for electricians to grow more than the national average through 2024, now is the time to get in on this highly rewarding field.
Electricians are capable of a wide range of tasks, ranging from the installation of wiring in a new construction project to replacing older electrical systems.
There are two fundamental routes to take if you would like to become an electrician, and both take time to travel. As a result of the specialized equipment and techniques electricians use, as well as the essential safety practices, becoming an electrical technician may require five years of education and training. However, the thorough training generates highly skilled technicians able to take on any job. Because most of the work is done on the job, an electrician is capable of earning money while learning their trade.
Most electricians are trained through an apprentice or a technical training program. In either case, a high school diploma is essential, along with knowledge of algebra-level math.
Completing the education and training needed to become an electrician is one thing, succeeding at the job is another task in itself. Successful electricians have mechanical aptitude, problem-solving skills, reading comprehension, business skills and customer service skills.
If you want to succeed as an electrician, it helps to have a natural interest in mechanics. If you like taking things apart to fix them or see how they work, electrical work might be a solid career choice. Conversely, if basic do-it-yourself projects turn into disasters, leaving you irritated, electrician might not be the proper career path for you. Bottom line: Being at ease around technical work is a must.
Diagnosing and fixing electrical issues is a big part of an electrician’s job. As soon as an electrician is fully trained, they will be expected to respond to issues and resolve them. Recognizing an overall electrical problem and looking into ways to fix it is a fundamental part of this job. Good electricians know the relative strengths and weaknesses of various solutions to issues, as well as which solution to use in which situation.
Work orders are a form of written communication, either they are in writing or via email. Understanding work orders and writing an overview of the job are critical components to make certain job details are followed correctly and so other electricians can follow up on work you have done.
Because so many electrical technicians become independent contractors, business know-how is something that becomes very valuable. A basic understanding of business practices, like invoicing, negotiation and strategic planning helps electrical contractors thrive on their own.
The degree of interaction an electrician has with customers can vary significantly depending on position. Those who work for a big corporation will spend most of their time doing technical work, while those in small business are typically asked to regularly interact with customers.
At Action Group Staffing, we routinely connect electricians with high-quality career opportunities. If you’re currently looking to take the next step on your electrical career path, please contact us today.