A Career as a Electrician

By Jacob Embacher

Career Overview

Electricians install, test, and maintain electrical systems. Electricians chose to work either in construction or maintenance. Many work in both.  Construction electricians assemble and install electrical systems. Electricians may install fiber optic or coaxial cables for computers and telephones. They may also install elctronic contols for industrial equipment. All electricians use tools such as: Screwdrivers, Piles, Knives, Hacksaw, Power tools, and Voltmeters.

Career Skills and Interests

Electricians need to listen to others understand and ask questions. Express ideas clearly when speaking or writing. Read and understand work related materials. They need to notice when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. Combine several pieces of information and draw conclusions. Use Math skills to solve problems. Be able to check how ell one is learning or doing something. Teach others how to do something. Also can repair machines or systems. Be able to quickly and accurately compare letters, numbers, objects,pictures, or patterns. They like to make decisions and try out ideas on their own.

Career Working Conditions

Have a moderately high level of social contact. They explain tasks to helpers but also work alone a lot of the time. Responsible for the work outcomes of the people they supervise. Also responsible for the health and safety of others. They work both indoors and outdoors. Wile outside they are often undercover. They nearly always work without heating or air conditioning.  Are often exposed to very hot or very cold temperatures. this depends on the time of year they are working outside. They wear safety attire often such as goggles or other protective clothing. Also work in an enclosed vehicle.

Career Wages and Outlook

In Minnesota it is $30.07 and is also very high in the annual openings. In the United States its $23.96 and also again very hight in the annual openings as well.  Wages very by type of work. In general electricians who work in the motor vehicle industry earn more than those who work in construction. pay also varies with the area of the country, employer, and worker experience. Apprentices start at about half the wage a skilled worker would earn. Full time workers may receive benefits such as health insurance, sick leave, and paid vacation. 

Career Related Occupations

Aircraft Mechanics

Construction and Building Inspectors

Drafters

Electrical and Electronics Engineers

Electrician Helpers

Energy Auditors

Engineering Technicians

Program of Study

Electrical and Power Transmission

Program Overview

electrical and power transmission programs prepare people to work as licensed electricians. Electrical and pawer transmission programs include Installation of wires, Electrical codes, safety rules, and blueprint reading. Many electrician programs include apprenticeship training. apprentices complete a set number of classroom hours and receive training on the job from experienced workers.

Programs Admission

You can prepare for this program of study by getting your high school diploma or GED. Most apprenticeship programs require that you be at least 18. Some training programs require that applicants take aptitude test and physical activity test.  You must have good color vision to work as an electrician. Here are a list of high school courses that will help prepare you for this program of study:

Construction

residential wiring

industrial electricity

electronics

drafting

blueprint reading

physics

Algebra

Geometry

Fitness and Conditioning Activities

Program Typical Course Work

This program typically includes courses in the following subjects:

Blueprint Reading

Communications

Cranes and Elevators

Electrical Code Requirements

Electrical Theory

Electronics

Fire Alarm Systems

Math

Safety and First Aid

Welding

Related Programs

Blue-Collar Worker Supervisors

Construction and Building Inspectors

Electrician Helpers

Electricians

Line Installers and Repairers

Schools that Offer my Program of Study

South Central

Minnesota State University

College Choice

Riverland Technical College

College Info

Size and Location- Riverland community and technical college in Albert Lea MN

Admission Requirements- You have to be 18 and graduate High school.

College Expenses- Tuition and gas to Albert Lea for classes.

Informational Interview

I met with my great uncle Charlie Embacher who is a retired electrician. I gained much more Knowledge of this career path and am still strongly considering it. I learned many of the tasks he performs each and every day at work. I learned that every day consists of different challenges which I think I would really like because that it makes every day different which is better than doing the same thing everyday. He also told made me aware that I will need to apply myself and study hard to get my electrician license if it is the career I choose.  He strongly advised me to do an apprenticeship so I get payed for my time and then i will nore than likely be guaranteed a job after it. He explained that the work environment was alot of both inside and