WHAT DO APPRENTICE ELECTRICIANS DO?
Apprentices electricians are people who are on their first step toward becoming fully licensed and capable journeyman electricians. Apprentices are people who have started to learn from other journey and master electricians in apprenticeship programs, usually through a union or trade organization.
Apprenticeships are a blend of classroom and paid, on-the-job training. Typically, this will be 144 hours in the classroom and 2000 hours on the job, and last about 4 years. Apprentices learn theory, mathematics, how to read blueprints and schematics, state and local electrical codes, safety, and more.
Once training is complete, apprentices become journey electricians.
HOW MUCH DO APPRENTICE ELECTRICIANS MAKE?
The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) states that the 2010 median hourly income for electricians was $23.20, or $48,250 a year. Apprentices will make less than the median.
WHAT ARE THE EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS?
To start as an apprentice, you need to be at least 18 years old, have a high school diploma or G.E.D. In addition, apprentices need at least one year of algebra, pass an aptitude test and be drug free.
JOB SKILLS AND REQUIREMENTS
- Color Vision: Apprentice electricians work with colored wiring and must be able to identify them by sight.
- Troubleshooting: Apprentice electricians must be able to find the root cause of issues and think logically about solutions.
- Customer Service: Apprentice electricians often work for many different customers, and must be friendly when working on site.
- Critical Thinking: When diagnosing problems, apprentice electricians must think critically in their process of repairing the issue.
- Mechanical Skills: Apprentice electricians read blueprints and schematics and use an array of tools and diagnostic devices to service and install electrical parts.
CAREER PATHS FOR APPRENTICE ELECTRICIANS
THE FUTURE OF APPRENTICE ELECTRICIANS
Electrician jobs will grow 23% between 2010 and 2020, according to the BLS. As new energy field emerge, and businesses need more and more complex wiring, job growth should continue.