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Light Up Your Life with an Electrician Career

22 JUL 2012
Career Path : Electrician Trade

They keep us out of the dark. They keep our drinks cold and make our meals warm. They keep us connected to the internet, and up to date with the news of the world. They are electricians, responsible for tubular highways of wiring that lines the floors, walls and ceilings of our homes, schools, hospitals and airports. Whether crouched into tight corners or high up on electrical poles, the electrician’s handiwork is all around us. Because of our ever-increasing dependence on the electrical world of technology, electricians will always continue to be necessary and successful. And because technology is always advancing, a career as an electrician will always present new challenges and never go flat.

 

Training

The training involved to become an electrician is thorough and rigorous, involving theoretical classroom education and hands-on practical experience. There is no better way to round off a good electrician course at a college than to take advantage of an apprenticeship program. While a college graduate can always begin seeking an apprenticeship or work experience on their own after graduation, the best electrician programs have apprentice placement programs as part of their college. If you are considering enrolling in electrician school, make sure to find out if your school has an apprenticeship program.

 

Construction Specialization

Another thing to be aware of when looking into schools is whether or not the school has more than one specific kind of electrician apprenticeship program. There are two major kinds of electricians one should be aware of before embarking on a career. The first is referred to as a construction or maintenance electrician. This person often works through contractors with small to medium sized teams of people in the construction, modification and repairs of residential buildings and smaller privately-owned commercial buildings. A proper training course and apprenticeship for construction electricians should include the legalities of electrical code, electrical theory, installation, and instrumentation. All of these skills are optimally learned with the real-world experience gained as an apprentice.

 

Industrial Specialization

The other kind of career path is the industrial electrician or institutional electrician. Industrial electricians usually work with much larger teams of specialists on bigger projects. These will often be major public and private works, like factories, mills, dams, and mines, and also public buildings like hospitals, universities and airports. Because of the larger scale of the projects and the use of public money for them, working as an industrial electrician will commonly require more permits and accreditation than a construction electrician. Getting a formal college education combined with an recognized industrial electrician apprenticeship program is a great way to make sure you have all the necessary qualifications.

 

Some things just can’t be fully taught at school. For those who seek nothing more than worldly education found in books and on the internet, we have to be grateful to those who keep these institutions in power. If you are looking for something that combines a specialized knowledge as well as hands-on work, then an apprenticeship program for electricians will surely spark a great career.

 

Visit Mohawk College for more information on apprenticeship programs.