If you are looking to pursue a career as an electrician, you might want to start as an electrician’s apprentice. Actually most electricians get their training through an internship that lasts four or five years. You can choose a formal apprenticeship program or an informal one. Some formal apprenticeship programs are offered by unions often paired with local chapters of electrician and building associations while others are offered by individual electrician companies. Once you have completed a formal apprenticeship program, you can work in either maintenance or construction.
A large apprenticeship program normally provides about 144 hours of classroom work each year and 8,000 hours of training on the job for the entire internship. Some of the many things you will learn in the classroom include mathematics, electrical code requirements, and electrical theory among other subjects. Their on the job training consists of performing tasks that an electrician would under the supervision of an experienced electrician.
The alternative to a formal apprenticeship is an informal one which can be done by working with an experienced electrician. Some in this type of program also take courses or go to a trade school. High school classes in mathematics, science, electronics, and shop are a good way to start preparing for becoming an electrician’s apprentice. Most areas require that in order to become an electrician an apprentice must be licensed which requires passing an exam. The job outlook for electrical apprentices and electricians is good. Jobs in the electrician field are expected to grow as fast as the national average for other industries. Electricians will also be in higher demand as more construction is done and people rely more on automated equipment in factories. Electrical apprentices make about 30 to 50% of the wages of a licensed electrician, although there are pay raises throughout the course of an internship.