An electrician school will teach you basic electrical theory as well as how to install, connect, test and maintain electrical systems.
It will teach you to become a qualified journeyman electrician.
Have you ever noticed how many things we take for granted? Lights, heating, air-conditioning and even hot water are so common in our lives we never think about who makes this possible.
It is the electricians that are on every job site when new houses, offices, commercial buildings and factories are built.
As useful and fascinating as electricity may be, not just anyone can start installing the complex electrical circuits and conductors. It takes training from a proper electrician school, and years of apprenticing with a certified industrial electrician.
You may also specialize in the area that interests you most, like maintenance or construction once you have qualified.
The best part is that this is a growing trade. As the economy and population grows, so does the need for trained industrial electricians.
Industrial electricians are also the highest paid, because the competition isn’t as great as with regular electricians and the risks are higher.
The work usually involves larger equipment, high voltages, working in remote locations and exposed to poisonous gases. You will be required to understand how to read and work with blueprints.
Over four years, you have a total of 36 weeks of electrician school, broken up into three 8-week sessions and one 12-week session, as well a total of 5,315 working hours is required to become a certified journeyman electrician.
At the end of each school period, the apprentice is required to take a TQ (Trades Qualification) exam. After the fourth year TQ, you gain journeyman status.
After three years of being a journeyman, one can apply to become a Master electrician.
So, how do you begin your journey towards becoming an industrial electrician?
You can go straight into the trade as an apprentice, or go to school.
At an electrician school, you will learn the fundamentals, like how to interpret electrical schematics, test and troubleshoot controls, replace, repair or upgrade every type of electrical circuit. Electrician advice will be provided throughout your training.
You will learn Electrical Codes, become familiar with generators, three phase circuits, switchgear, transformers and many other types of equipment you may have to work on later in your career.
To be eligible for admission, you must have completed high school or equivalent. You have to fill out an application form and provide proof of your education.
There are special circumstances when you can apply without completing high school if you receive a recommendation from your principal or guidance counselor. Adult students may also be eligible.
You don’t need to attend an electrician school to apply for an apprenticeship or jobs for electricians. Apprenticing while you learn gives you valuable on-the-job training and additional knowledge and skills under the supervision of professionals.
An added bonus is that you can earn a wage while you gain industry-standard knowledge and skills. After three to six months of working, you can be signed into apprenticeship if the company sees potential in you.
The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) union will sign you on as apprentice if you pass. To continue as an apprentice, you would have to stay in the union. Read more about the important benefits of membership at ibew.org/