You could earn over $50,000 per year as a commercial electrician.
But do you know what is required to get into the business?
Well, keep reading because we've got all the tips right here - and, unlike the equipment you'll be working with, they're free of charge.
We've broken down the process into 5 easy steps. Each step should be considered a requirement if you want to become a commercial electrician.
The first step to becoming a qualified commercial electrician is to obtain your high school diploma. This step is essential as apprenticeships and training courses further on will require a high school diploma at a minimum.
Brush up on your math and electrical skills, as commercial electricians use these skills frequently while on the job. Tasks, like measuring electrical current or calculating the length of a wire, are important skills that require a working knowledge of math.
If you want to stand out from the competition, consider pre-apprenticeship training. Candidates undergo both classroom and on-the-job training which will give them a headstart over the competition.
The US Department of Labor has information on how to search and apply for an apprenticeship. As soon as you have completed your high school diploma or pre-apprenticeship training course you are eligible to apply for an apprenticeship.
The application process may consist of an examination and interview. The candidate will be tested in math, as we mentioned before, and will need to display some degree of mechanical aptitude. It is at this stage that the pre-apprenticeship course will benefit you.
It is important to learn what employers are looking for when hiring electricians. Doing so will give you a further edge.
This is not necessary in every state, but you may need to register as an electrician in training. For example, in California, you are required to be enrolled on a state-approved Electrician Trainee program. We would recommend looking up the requirements with your state authority.
An apprenticeship is the first big step on the road to becoming a fully certified engineer. Not only will you get the chance to learn real-world skills on-the-job, but you will also be paid for your work. In addition, you will receive recognition upon completion of your apprenticeship and you make connections that might prove invaluable in finding a permanent job in the future.
You will begin by shadowing an experienced electrician who will teach you the fundamental skills required to perform their day-to-day duties. The work you undertake will be fairly rudimentary in the beginning. As you learn, you will be able to take on more complicated tasks such as installing electrical wiring outlets or service malfunctioning electrical equipment.
The final step on your journey to becoming an electrician is to obtain your license or certification. The requirements vary by state, so be sure to check which authority issues licenses and what type of license you are required to have.
We hope this article has given you the inspiration to begin your career as a commercial electrician.