What is an Electrician Apprentice?

As an electrician apprentice, you'll learn to install, maintain, and repair electrical systems in homes, businesses, and manufacturing plants. Several electrical industry sectors and specific duties depend on what part of the trade you get into. Your most important role as a new apprentice is to assist the journeyman electrician. The goal of every apprentice is to educate and guide the individual to their journeyman level. Every apprentice will be assigned to a journeyman who will oversee and guide their work throughout the apprenticeship.

Potential Hazards of the Electrician Position

Electrician apprentices are subject to several potentially hazardous conditions. Electricians are often required to work in cramped areas, on high ladders near ceilings, or on the roofs of homes. They can be exposed to unfavorable weather for long periods. Since they are called buildings without functioning Electricity, they are also subject to extreme hot or cold temperatures inside a location.

Other dangers include working with high voltages and current flow. As an Electrician, you must wear protective clothing and properly dispose of used chemical agents. They need to know the environmental regulations controlling how such fluids are used.

Electricians work in a variety of settings and may be exposed to several hazards, including:

  • Risk of fatal electrical shock.
  • Risk of electrical burns.
  • Fire.
  • Working in confined spaces.
  • Lead, solvents, solder, and other materials.

Are Electrician apprentices employed full time or part time?

Many Electrician apprentices work full-time. However, they commonly work around 60 hours per week, depending on the season. Work in this field also requires extensive traveling time as Electricians are required to move from one job site to another.

Job Outlook for Electricians and Their Apprentices

The need for Electrician apprentices will continue to rise steadily. According to the Electricians: Occupational Outlook Handbook: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (bls.gov) job growth in this field is attributed to the expected increase.

What training will you receive?

Our four year apprenticeship prepares students for immediate employability in today's workforce.

  • OSHA 10-Industry and Safety
  • Math for Skilled Trades
  • Electrician and Electrical Tool Use and Applications
  • Basic Electricity: needed for reading basic blueprints and troubleshooting equipment
  • Electrical Motor Theory and Application(s)
  • Ladder Diagrams (Basic Schematic) and Motor Controls
  • Residential Wiring
  • Commercial Wiring
  • Industrial Wiring
  • National Electric Code
  • Low Voltage and Communication Wiring
  • Fire Alarm Systems
  • NFPA 70E Electrical Safety
  • High Voltage Systems

Completing these courses will earn the student a Certificate of Completion from the program and make them eligible to take their Electrician Journeyman License Examination.