If you are thinking about becoming an electrician, there are some things you should consider. The electrical field is a growing one and it takes time and training to become a certified electrician. You may be working on a home remodelling one day and a large construction project the next, which means you will need to know exactly what types of electrical issues you might face in many different situations. Here are a few tips and some advice on entering the electrical field.
Understand The Job
The first thing you should do is learn about what it involved in being an electrician. Depending upon what type of work you do, these requirements may vary, but you can still get a basic understanding of the type of work electricians perform. There are two basic types of electrical work: commercial and residential. Each of these has distinct codes and tasks. It is important to learn about both and decide if you want to specialize in one area or be trained to do both kinds of work. It helps to be able to answer the following questions with a Yes:
- Do you enjoy working with your hands?
- Can you work in confined spaces?
- Do you enjoy working outside?
- Do you like heights?
- Could you work on a ladder or a lift all day?
- Do you enjoy working with others?
- Do you enjoy learning new skills?
If you can answer yes to these questions, you may make a good electrician.
However, understanding the job also means getting the right training! Here at Rebus Training, we specialise in 17th edition courses, Part P courses and all kinds of basic electrician training for the Stoke, Manchester, and Birmingham areas.
The electrician’s job typically includes the following:
- Repairing, maintaining, and installing components and equipment in compliance with state and national electrical standards, codes, and regulations.
- Knowledge of electrical equipment, tools, and materials.
- The operation of various testing equipment to locate types of malfunctions and determine how to fix them.
- Ability to work off a ladder for an extended length of time.
- Knowledge of the national and state electrical standards, codes, and regulations.
- Ability to pass a background check, drug screen, and physical abilities test.
- Good verbal and written communication.
- A valid drivers’ license.
Get The Right Training
Joining an apprenticeship program is the best way to get trained. In this program, you will learn all the technical requirements of becoming an electrician. It is hard to learn these while on the job since teaching a skill while performing a task can cause problems and add to the time it takes to complete the job.
While master electricians can teach certain tasks while on the job, some of the more technical tasks such as calculations are best taught in a controlled environment. An apprenticeship program provides you the training and skills necessary to go to work in the electrical field when you graduate.
Once you graduate and get hired, chances are you will still be apprenticed to a master electrician for a time. The master electrician can teach you the little tips of the trade that will make you a better electrician.