What You Need To Know Before Choosing A Career As An Electrician
After graduating from high school, most people find themselves at a crossroads, unsure of which route to take. If you are faced with the same dilemma, consider your preferences or what you envisioned yourself doing in the future. If you like working with your hands and see yourself working locally, you may want to consider a profession as an electrician.
Becoming an electrician is an excellent career choice as it allows you several opportunities and challenges you in different ways, so no project is ever dull. It also happens to be a well-paying career and in relation to others, it takes minimal time in a classroom and offers adequate job security.
However, if you’d like to explore the possibilities of becoming an electrician, you need to be aware of a few requirements before committing to this career path. To give you an idea of the necessities from your end, Hoover Electric has explained a few things you need to know before choosing a career as an electrician.
The primary educational requirements to become an electrician are a high school diploma. After this, you need to get signed up as an electrical apprentice. Once signed up as an apprentice, you need to complete nine thousand hours of practical experience and go to school for a total of twenty-nine weeks over a three year period.
In addition to this, you can take an introductory electrical course in college that will help you get hired on as an apprentice and will exempt you from your first year of school as an apprentice.
The primary skills required to become an electrician are a decent ability to handle different tools and a good mind for numbers. You will also need to be able to communicate well with others (i.e., coworkers or customers). Being in decent shape can be beneficial too as you may need to scale heights to fix electrical problems or install electrical components. You also need to be hardworking as electrical work is a serious job that demands focus and precision to ensure durability and safety.
The benefits and challenges of a career as an electrician
The electrical field is vast, and once you have your ticket, you can branch-off into many different career opportunities. With the growing demand for electricians, you can also be assured of job security and fair pay.
An entry-level position as an electrician will guarantee you anything between the high teens to low twenties depending on your skills and whether it is a union company that you are working for. But, as you grow in experience and proficiency, you will be able to demand more pay and even venture out on your own as an entrepreneur.
While the opportunities as an electrician are many, there are also challenges that you’ll need to face head-on. For starters, electrical work can be a very physical job and can be hard on your shoulders and knees. Similarly, you may often find yourself in unpleasant places such as attics, crawl spaces, etc., to lay wires or fix electrical issues. That said, the satisfaction from doing the job right tends to outweigh these challenges.
At Hoover Electric, we take great pride in providing commercial and residential electrical heating, lighting, electrical renovations, and other electrical services across Ignace, Sioux Lookout, Perrault Falls, Ear Falls, and Dryden.
We have been in the electrical industry since 1987 and have successfully served hundreds of clients over the years. We are well trained and quick to deliver quality services. We are also trustworthy and reliable when it comes to installations, electrical advice, estimates, and contracts.