Professional Care: What to Look for in an Electrician
Electricians work in an industry that guarantees the smooth utilization of power in homes, communities, and establishments. They install, maintain, and secure electrical devices and systems. To do these, they have to be well versed in science (particularly physics) and mathematics and must have solid practical experience.
In the market, electrician job openings in staffing firms such as PeopleReady go along with engineering and technology jobs; hence, one should expect a required level of expertise (and, thereby, competition) among applicants.
When hiring an electrician, look for key attributes gained from education and practical training.
It is expected that electricians are knowledgeable in the science of electricity. They should know the mathematics and physics behind electrical devices and infrastructures. Technical skills are a given since electricians prepare, install, and maintain electrical systems.
They also test them if they are working properly. More so, they must be experts in electrical safety. Handling electrical components and devices require careful and detail-oriented work.
An electrician must have at least a high school diploma or a GED, although taking an electrical engineering degree is ideal. For non-engineering training, education is a combination of lecture classes and an apprenticeship.
Classes are at least three years, while an apprenticeship to follow full time. Normally, students take non-degree formal training at a technical school or a local college where they offer electrician-apprenticeship programs.
Continuing education is also necessary during professional work as technologies and structural codes change.
After completing an apprenticeship (for non-degree training), students take their license by passing a written exam. Often, they work as master electricians through contract work or full-time work with electrical and engineering companies or contractors.
To be a master electrician, one has to have at least a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering or seven years of experience as a licensed electrician.