What is an electrician’s apprentice?
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) defines electricians as workers who “install, maintain, and repair electrical power, communications, lighting, and control systems in homes, businesses, and factories.” The business of being an electrician requires some very specific education on the part of anyone looking to make a career in the industry. The physics of electricity is only basic knowledge for an experienced or master electrician; a lot of an electrician’s experience is earned by working as an apprentice alongside an industry veteran. Technical schools offer certificates and degrees to folks pursuing a career as an electrician before they earn practical experience. A high-school diploma is often the educational requirement for anyone entering the industry as an electrician. Most states require electricians to be licensed.
Why become an electrician?
According to the BLS, electricians will have a 23 percent growth rate in the decade between 2010 and 2020, which is higher than the national average job-growth rate. The BLS reports that, in May 2015, the median pay for an electrician in the United States was $51,880 per year, or about $25 an hour. In 2014, electricians in America numbered 628,800 workers.
The Independent Electrical Contractors (IEC) identifies the various functions of a typical electrician as:
Apprentice Electrician – Installs, alters, adds and/or repairs electrical systems, conductors and associated materials and equipment under the supervision of a journeyman electrician.
Journeyman Electrician – Installs, alters, adds and/or repairs electrical systems, conductors and associated materials and equipment. May work independently of direct technical supervision. Supervises apprentices. Holds a journeyman’s license in states requiring journeyman licensing. Will read blueprints, terminate cable, install and troubleshoot control wiring from drawings.
Master Electrician – Installs, alters, adds and/or repairs electrical systems, conductors and associated materials and equipment. A master electrician may supervise journeymen electricians. This classification is sometime synonymous with the term “electrical contractor.” This classification is not recognized in all states.
The electricians of Effective Electric are a six-person team of professionals, began in 2005 as a solo effort by one of Westchester’s most experienced and well-rounded journeyman electricians, with a reputation so impeccable that they regularly service the finest homes and most successful businesses in Yorktown and throughout Westchester County, Putnam County and Fairfield County, Connecticut. Master Electrician Butch Gilbert is a graduate of SUNY Delhi and has worked in Westchester County, NY for more than 20 years, some of those as foreman on some of Westchester’s largest projects. He’s a member of the Westchester County Licensed Electrical Contractors Association and International Association of Electrical Inspectors.