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Electrician / Electricity Apprentice Careers
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Electricians install, connect, test and maintain electrical systems for a variety of purposes, including climate control, security and communications. The electricians use a variety of electrical equipment and apply appropriate techniques; plan wiring installation from blueprints; properly locate boxes and outlets and test continuity of electrical circuits to ensure compatibility and safety of components following national electrical code and complying with state and local building codes. In addition to wiring a building's electrical system, electricians may install coaxial or fiber optic cable for computers and other telecommunications equipment.
Details and Requirements
- 5-year training program
- 8,000 hours on-the-job training
- 400 hours paid related instruction
- Additional related instruction may be required
- Applicants must be at least 18 years of age
- Entry requirements vary by employer
- High school diploma or equivalent
- Physically able to perform trade
- Applicants apply directly to participating employers
The apprentice is taught the theory and the knowledge related to safety procedures while working with electrical components, blueprint reading, electrical theory, electronics, mathematics, electrical code requirements and safety and first aid practices. Instruction also consists of local, state and national electrical codes pertaining to the industrial application.