What is an electrician?
An electrician is a skilled tradesperson who combines electrical theory with the knowledge of the operating characteristics of electrical equipment and devices. Along with this knowledge and the necessary job skills, this individual safely and correctly wires commercial, industrial, residential and other types of building facilities. Thus, the electrician performs a service which enables the consumer to use electrical energy for such purposes as lighting, heating and the operation of electrical equipment, motors, control systems and appliances.
Why become an electrician?
Electricians earn high hourly wages and experienced men and women are always in demand. Many who complete apprenticeship move up the career ladder as estimators, supervisors and superintendents. You might even own your own company someday.
What are the job opportunities?
During the apprentice’s training period, if he or she is not employed, the IEC will assist the apprentice in obtaining employment with an IEC Electrical Contractor Member. Apprentices should also search opportunities on their own. After the training period and when the apprentice has achieved electrician status, job opportunities will exist locally and nationally. The demand for an electrician’s services will be in direct proportion to attitude and eagerness to produce quality, useful work.
What pay can an apprentice expect?
The minimum pay an apprentice can expect is 40% of the hourly rate of pay of a beginning Journeymen Electrician. This rate is determined by a local industry survey. When the apprentice has successfully completed the apprenticeship and training program, including qualifying tests, that person will be eligible for Journeyman Electrician wages as determined by their employer.