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How To Be an Electrician

Today’s electrical world is booming. There are more new technologies to explore, wiring to upgrade, and control systems to bring up to code than ever before. The demand for electrical technicians is high and the field can always benefit from more electricians! Are you wondering how to become an electrician? Keep reading to find out!

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Career Outlook for Licensed Electricians

According to the bureau of labor statistics, employment of electricians is projected to grow 9 percent from 2020 to 2030, with almost 85,000 job openings each year (1). The BLS also states that the median annual wage for electricians is almost $57,000 (2). People leaving the electrical field are typically leaving as a result of retirement. (2)

With so many new alternative power sources that we are exploring, electricians will be sought after as we move towards solar and wind power. Certified electricians will need to link these alternative power sources to homes and businesses all over the world (1) This increase in the number of electricians needed could mean job security for those looking to enter the field.

Steps for How to Become an Electrician

1. Determine if you are qualified to become an electrician

The basic qualifications for beginning a career as a certified electrician include verifying you are at least 18 years old. More qualifications are below:

  • Have a high school diploma or GED
  • Maintain good physical condition
  • Have reliable transportation

2. Complete training at a local trade school

Receive the classroom instruction and hands-on experience necessary to prepare you for a career as an electrician.

3. Pass an exam

Most states require electricians to pass a test to become a licensed electrician. More information on specific state requirements can be found here.

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Important Qualities for be an Electrician

1. Color vision:
Electrical technicians must be able to identify different types of wires, often color coated by the type of wire it indicates.

2. Critical-thinking skills
Electrical Technicians will often perform various tests and use the results to diagnose a problem. For example, they could use a multimeter to check voltage, amps, and/or resistance to properly diagnose an issue and come up with a solution using this data.

3. Customer-service skills
Electrical technicians will often work with people and customers regularly. They should show a friendly and supportive attitude towards customers’ questions and concerns.

4. Physical stamina
Electricians are known for being on their feet and moving around throughout the day to perform their various tasks.

5. Physical strength
Electricians may need to be strong enough to move heavy objects which may weigh up to 50lbs.

6. Troubleshooting skills
When it comes to troubleshooting, electricians are second to none when it comes to possessing this skill. Diagnosing, testing, and repairing are all important qualities when it comes to being an Electrician.

Begin a Fulfilling Career as an Electrician at CBT!

CBT Technology Institute offers two programs for those looking to begin a career as a licensed electrician.

1. Electricity Technician Diploma Program

Where? How Long? Outcome
Cutler Bay Campus

Flagler Main Campus (Miami)

Hialeah Campus

8 Months

24 Credits

  • Entry level proficiency
  • Learn the basic skills and knowledge that you will need to work in the electrical industry

Electrical technicians generally are hired in two areas of work; in construction and maintenance. Some jobs you may see qualified electricians at may include:

  • Construction sites
  • Home builder companies
  • Industrial factories
  • With independent electrical contractors
  • And more!

2. Electrical Technology Associate Degree

Where? How Long? Outcome
Flagler Main Campus

Hialeah Campus

20 Months

60 Credits

  • Prepare you for building trade by electrical industry
  • Curriculum integrates electrical theory and practical application to combine installation and mathematical/practical knowledge

After completing the A.S. in Electrical Technology program, you could have the ability to work in the technological field. This degree program will help to prepare you with the following skills and competencies:

  • Accomplish specific and general OSHA regulations associated with the profession of electricians
  • Select and manipulate power tools and hand tools properly
  • Properly handle measuring instruments to troubleshoot electrical circuits, electrical equipment, and electrical components
  • Understand electrical principles, laws and calculation methods for DC and AC circuits
  • Select and install electrical materials (fittings, boxes, conduits, panel boards, breakers, fuses) according to the regulations of the National Electrical Code (NEC).
  • Properly interpret electrical specifications for projects and be able to read blueprints.
  • And so much more!

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Choosing the right college is one of the most important decisions that you can make as you embark on your educational journey. Let CBT help you fulfill your career dreams!

Sources:

  1. https://www.bls.gov/ooh/construction-and-extraction/electricians.htm#tab-6
  2. https://www.bls.gov/ooh/construction-and-extraction/electricians.htm#tab-5
  3. https://www.bls.gov/ooh/construction-and-extraction/electricians.htm#tab-4

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