Electrician Apprenticeship Tips

There's almost no limit to what an electrician apprentice can achieve. The electrician apprenticeship is a lot more than just wiring things up properly. Electricity runs the world. The apprenticeship is an introduction to the heart of science and technology. It's also the beginning of a career that can take you to the forefront of technology in aerospace, physics, and other disciplines.

Finding an apprenticeship

Electrician apprenticeships are advertised all over the world. Apprenticeship programs are run continuously every year by apprenticeship providers. Wherever you live, you'll be able to find several local apprenticeship providers. It's worth getting in touch with your local providers to get information about getting started. Most professional trades people can tell you a lot about the profession and working in the industry. It's valuable local knowledge, and can save you a lot of time looking for information.

Prerequisites for electrician apprentices: To become an electrician apprentice, you must:

  • Have a high school diploma, or equivalent.
  • Some applicants may require additional training in mathematics to qualify.
  • Color vision is a requirement in the US.

The work environment

Electrical apprenticeships are a combination of practical and academic work. The practical work is overseen by experienced trades people. That's important, because at all stages of an electrician's career, safety is a major issue. You get trained to do things properly and safely.

Learning on the job is one of the most effective and reliable methods of training. The training is done in basic stages, from drilling holes in fittings to measurements and drawing full diagrams of circuitry. Each facet of the work is personally experienced, backed up by academic training. There's a lot of manual work, which builds core competencies and confidence.

Electricians work on the move. Working conditions can vary a lot. Depending on the internship provider, electrician apprentices may work in very different environments from day to day.  This is a client-based business, and there's no better introduction to the demands of the industry than trying to fit all the work into one day and one set of hands.

Throughout their training, apprentices are required to pass regular testing. To work as an electrician, apprentices must have qualified as trades people and pass a compulsory licensing test.

Salary: Apprentices are paid at approximately half of the adult rate at the beginning of their apprenticeships, which is about US $10 an hour. This wage increases incrementally with years of experience until qualification. Overtime is also available.

Hours: Hours worked for meeting apprenticeship requirements are set by academic requirements. In practice, apprentices usually work considerably more hours due to the needs of employers.

Career options

Having qualified, new electricians can choose a range of career options and specializations. Many of these choices require additional qualifications, but they lead to fascinating careers, as well as excellent wages and career opportunities. In many cases professional trades people also do ongoing training, learning new technologies and systems.

Possible career choices include:

  • Electrical engineering
  • Electronics
  • Aerospace
  • Industrial electrical
  • Their own commercial business (Electrical contracting, construction industry electricals, domestic services, etc)

Electricians are the people who provide the systems that drive the world.