Electrical Workers

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ACCESS CONTROL ELECTRONICS TECHNICIAN MAINTENANCE ELECTRICIAN
APPLIANCE SERVICEMAN MAINTENANCE ELECTRICIAN/ELECTRONICS
CABLE SPLICER MARINE ELECTRICIAN
CONSTRUCTION AND INDUSTRIAL ELECTRICIAN METER ELECTRICIAN
ELECTRIC UTILITY TECHNICIAN MOTOR SHOP ELECTRICIAN
ELECTRICAL ESTIMATOR NEON AND ELECTRICAL SIGN ELECTRICIAN
ELECTRICAL/ELECTRONIC MAINTAINER OIL BURNER ELECTRICIAN
ELECTRICIAN CONSTRUCTOR QUALITY CONTROL APPRENTICES
ELECTRONICS TECHNICIAN RADIO TELEVISION ELECTRICAN
HYDRO ELECTRICIAN RESIDENTIAL ELECTRICIAN
INDUSTRIAL ELECTRONIC MAINTENANCE TECHNICIAN SHOP ELECTRICIAN
INDUSTRIAL MAINTENANCE ELECTRICIAN SIGNAL - LIGHTING ELECTRICIAN
INDUSTRIAL MAINTENANCE ELECTRICIAN/ELECTRONICS SOUND COMMUNICATION AND ELECTRONIC CONTROL
INDUSTRIAL SUBSTATION ELECTRICIAN STATION ELECTRICIAN/WIREMAN/POWER SUPPLY ELECTRICIAN
LIMITED RESIDENTIAL ELECTRICIAN WIRE ELECTRICIAN
LOW ENERGY/SOUND AND COMMUNICATION TECHNICIAN  

The Work
Construction and residential electricians work in all phases of the electrical construction and service industry. They do the electrical construction work on projects ranging from single-family residences to state-of-the-art industrial plants. Workers install conduits and wire all lighting, along with switches and converters, to complex systems incorporating computerization and high technology in the installation and maintenance of electrical systems. Their work includes both small and large commercial installation up to and including high-rise buildings. Electricians also do repair and maintenance on all electrical installations. The low voltage/sound and communication apprenticeship includes work processes in fiber optics, telephone systems, sound and fire alarm systems, LAN and structured wiring systems.

Working Conditions
This work is done in the full range of environmental conditions to include outside in the dirt, cold, sun, rain, and snow; inside in climate-controlled modern offices, and in state-of-the-art clean rooms in hospitals and manufacturing plants. The work can require considerable standing, bending and reaching and may be conducted in cramped spaces or at great heights.

The Apprenticeship
This program, depending upon trade, consists of 2,000-10,000 hours on-the-job training. Additionally, 144-216 hours of classroom instruction is required per year. Generally the additional training is conducted two nights per week.

Apprenticeship Entry Requirements
(Requirements vary slightly in different regions)

  • At least 18 years old (birth certificate or reliable proof of age).
  • High school graduate or GED.
  • At least one year of high school or one quarter of post high school algebra with a grade of C or better (sealed high school transcript or GED scores with proof of algebra grades).
  • Resident of the geographical area covered by the program for one year prior to application.
  • Discharge papers, if applicable.
  • Physically able to perform work of the trade.
  • Must score "high" on GATB or NJATC test.

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