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APPRENTICE ELECTRICIAN: The Electrical Trade Is Very Vast

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John is an Apprentice Electician and member of a labor union. He shares what a typical day looks like for him and how he got into this line of work. For those considering paths other than college, John advises them to look into a career in the trades and joining a union, because the training is superior.

Degree: Philosophy
Job Title: Apprentice Electritian

Job Summary: Electricians

Job Description

Electricians install and maintain electrical systems in homes, businesses, and factories. Almost every building has an electrical system that is installed during construction and maintained after that. Electricians do both the installing and maintaining of electrical systems.

On-the-Job Training

Apprenticeship

Additional Info

Most states require licensure. Requirements vary by state. Contact your state's licensing agency for more information.

Quick Facts

Average salary
Average salary
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$30,000 - $80,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
20 to 30 percent
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Full-time
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Indoor, Physically demanding, Office
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Leadership ability, People skills, Problem solving skills, Technical skills

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m='14890'>either</span> <span m='15120'>moving</span> <span m='15600'>material</span> <span m='16170'>around,</span> <span m='16840'>depending</span> <span m='17320'>on</span> <span m='19370'>what</span> <span m='19570'>material</span> <span m='19940'>we're</span> <span m='20000'>using</span> <span m='20250'>for</span> <span m='20380'>the</span> <span m='20500'>day,</span> <span m='20940'>and</span> <span m='21210'>anything</span> <span m='21900'>that</span> <span m='22110'>has</span> <span m='22260'>to</span> <span m='22350'>do</span> <span m='22470'>with</span> <span m='22600'>electrical</span> <span m='23080'>installations,</span> <span m='23870'>whether</span> <span m='24200'>it</span> <span m='24280'>be</span> <span m='24450'>motor</span> <span m='24790'>controls,</span> <span m='26120'>running</span> <span m='26430'>conduit,</span> <span m='27120'>which</span> <span m='28150'>we</span> <span m='28300'>will</span> <span m='28660'>eventually</span> <span m='29030'>have</span> <span m='29150'>to</span> <span m='29250'>pull</span> <span m='29460'>wire</span> <span m='29760'>through</span> <span m='29930'>the</span> <span m='30050'>conduit.</span> <span m='32470'>We</span> <span m='32600'>could</span> <span m='32689'>be</span> <span m='32790'>setting</span> <span m='33120'>up</span> <span m='33240'>a</span> <span m='33280'>light</span> <span m='33540'>switches,</span> <span m='34260'>lights,</span> <span m='35450'>digging</span> <span m='35750'>ditches</span> <span m='36430'>in</span> <span m='36880'>conduit</span> <span m='37600'>that</span> <span m='37790'>we're</span> <span m='37890'>going</span> <span m='38000'>to</span> <span m='38240'>put</span> <span m='38430'>conduit</span> <span m='38770'>into,</span> <span m='39170'>so</span> <span m='40470'>setting</span> <span m='40870'>up</span> <span m='41000'>lighting,</span> <span m='41490'>temporary</span> <span m='41960'>lighting,</span> <span m='42970'>Basically,</span> <span m='43580'>like I</span> <span m='43700'>said,</span> <span m='43930'>anything</span> <span m='44250'>that</span> <span m='44360'>has</span> <span m='44480'>to</span> <span m='44580'>do</span> <span m='44710'>along</span> <span m='45150'>the</span> <span m='45260'>lines</span> <span m='45590'>of</span> <span m='45800'>electrical</span> <span m='46280'>work.</span> </p><p><span m='46610'>I</span> <span m='46800'>was</span> <span m='47000'>actually</span> <span m='47800'>studying</span> <span m='48460'>for</span> <span m='48690'>my</span> <span m='48860'>Bachelor's</span> <span m='49690'>at San</span> <span m='49940'>Francisco</span> <span m='50320'>State,</span> <span m='50940'>and</span> <span m='51940'>I</span> <span m='52060'>happened</span> <span m='52280'>to</span> <span m='52330'>be</span> <span m='52440'>driving</span> <span m='52880'>by</span> <span m='53190'>the</span> <span m='53400'>apprenticeship</span> <span m='54500'>program.</span> <span m='55260'>And</span> <span m='55440'>I</span> <span m='55480'>saw</span> <span m='55690'>the</span> <span m='55810'>line</span> <span m='56050'>out</span> <span m='56150'>the</span> <span m='56250'>door,</span> <span m='57180'>so</span> <span m='57340'>I</span> <span m='57420'>decided</span> <span m='58040'>I'd</span> <span m='58120'>poke</span> <span m='58410'>my</span> <span m='58530'>head</span> <span m='58720'>in</span> <span m='58870'>and</span> <span m='58970'>apply.</span> <span m='59700'>I</span> <span m='59940'>applied</span> <span m='60970'>years</span> <span m='61320'>before,</span> <span m='61730'>but</span> <span m='61920'>it</span> <span m='62000'>was</span> <span m='62130'>during</span> <span m='62300'>the</span> <span m='62400'>downturn,</span> <span m='63270'>so</span> <span m='63930'>I</span> <span m='64030'>didn't</span> <span m='64260'>get</span> <span m='64379'>into</span> <span m='64540'>the</span> <span m='64629'>program</span> <span m='64970'>at</span> <span m='65050'>that</span> <span m='65230'>time.</span> </p><p><span m='65710'>I</span> <span m='65940'>was</span> <span m='66150'>studying</span> <span m='66880'>philosophy.</span> <span m='67840'>I</span> <span m='67940'>was</span> <span m='68270'>actually</span> <span m='68580'>working</span> <span m='68900'>on my</span> <span m='69180'>way</span> <span m='69420'>to</span> <span m='69480'>get</span> <span m='69800'>my</span> <span m='70010'>teaching</span> <span m='70380'>credential.</span> <span m='71220'>The</span> <span m='71420'>trade</span> <span m='71740'>itself</span> <span m='72140'>is</span> <span m='72290'>a</span> <span m='72350'>lot</span> <span m='72540'>more</span> <span m='72720'>vast.</span> <span m='73540'>I</span> <span m='73630'>mean,</span> <span m='73880'>when</span> <span m='73990'>you hear</span> <span m='74230'>electricians,</span> <span m='75000'>you</span> <span m='75130'>think</span> <span m='75660'>screwing</span> <span m='76080'>in</span> <span m='76180'>light</span> <span m='76410'>bulbs,</span> <span 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<span m='91640'>where</span> <span m='91760'>we</span> <span m='91920'>do</span> <span m='92690'>setting</span> <span m='93030'>up</span> <span m='93170'>networks,</span> <span m='94620'>setting</span> <span m='95100'>up a</span> <span m='95300'>video</span> <span m='95820'>camera,</span> <span m='96150'>so</span> <span m='96270'>security</span> <span m='96780'>work.</span> <span m='97150'>So</span> <span m='97680'>the</span> <span m='98270'>field</span> <span m='98570'>itself</span> <span m='98850'>is</span> <span m='98960'>a</span> <span m='99010'>lot</span> <span m='99190'>more</span> <span m='99360'>vast</span> <span m='99990'>than</span> <span m='100300'>I</span> <span m='100370'>thought</span> <span m='100610'>it</span> <span m='100660'>would</span> <span m='100780'>ever</span> <span m='100970'>be.</span> </p><p><span m='101500'>If</span> <span m='101710'>you</span> <span m='102000'>are</span> <span m='102450'>kind</span> <span m='102750'>of</span> <span m='103170'>not</span> <span m='103470'>sure</span> <span m='103740'>you're</span> <span m='104200'>ready</span> <span m='104400'>for</span> <span m='104570'>college,</span> <span m='105240'>or</span> <span m='105950'>if</span> <span m='106150'>you</span> <span m='106260'>know</span> <span m='106450'>that</span> <span m='106690'>college</span> <span m='107000'>is</span> <span m='107090'>not</span> <span m='107440'>the</span> <span m='107530'>right</span> <span m='108190'>path</span> <span m='108460'>for</span> <span m='108550'>you,</span> <span m='108720'>then</span> <span m='108880'>definitely</span> <span m='109240'>look</span> <span m='109410'>into</span> <span m='109580'>the</span> <span m='109680'>trades,</span> <span m='111160'>especially</span> <span m='111890'>union.</span> <span m='113190'>Not</span> <span m='113700'>to</span> <span m='113800'>say</span> <span m='113970'>that</span> <span m='114110'>nonunion</span> <span m='114540'>work</span> <span m='114760'>isn't</span> <span m='115010'>great,</span> <span m='115330'>but</span> <span m='115560'>you</span> <span m='115680'>want</span> <span m='115880'>to</span> <span m='115980'>go</span> <span m='116200'>pro-union,</span> <span m='116900'>pro-labor.</span> <span m='118310'>The</span> <span m='118480'>brotherhood,</span> <span m='119050'>the</span> <span m='119120'>people</span> <span m='119380'>that</span> <span m='119520'>I've</span> <span m='119640'>met,</span> <span m='120700'>it</span> <span m='120850'>just</span> <span m='121040'>shows</span> <span m='121330'>you</span> <span m='121410'>that</span> <span m='121560'>you're</span> <span m='121710'>part</span> <span m='121960'>of</span> <span m='122050'>such</span> <span m='122270'>a</span> <span m='122310'>bigger</span> <span m='122550'>movement,</span> <span m='123500'>and</span> <span m='124200'>the</span> <span m='124410'>training</span> <span m='124790'>that</span> <span m='124910'>you</span> <span m='125030'>get</span> <span m='125390'>in</span> <span m='125720'>the</span> <span m='125820'>union</span> <span m='126170'>is</span> <span m='127100'>head</span> <span m='127400'>and</span> <span m='127490'>shoulders</span> <span m='127830'>above</span> <span m='128090'>anything</span> <span m='128419'>else</span> <span m='128610'>you'd</span> <span m='128720'>receive.</span> <span m='130000'>I was</span> <span m='130190'>a</span> <span m='130240'>nonunion</span> <span m='130740'>worker,</span> <span m='131270'>and</span> <span m='132390'>there's</span> <span m='132670'>just</span> <span m='132900'>so</span> <span m='133020'>much</span> <span m='133240'>more</span> <span m='133430'>paths</span> <span m='133800'>once</span> <span m='133950'>you</span> <span m='134030'>get</span> <span m='134230'>through</span> <span m='134350'>your</span> <span m='134520'>apprenticeship</span> <span m='135020'>that</span> <span m='135140'>you</span> <span m='135240'>could</span> <span m='135370'>get</span> <span m='135520'>into.</span> <span m='136130'>And</span> <span m='136350'>for</span> <span m='136560'>someone</span> <span m='136850'>like</span> <span m='137010'>myself,</span> <span m='137460'>who</span> <span m='137690'>didn't</span> <span m='137930'>really</span> <span m='138250'>know college</span> <span m='138540'>was</span> <span m='138830'>for</span> <span m='138960'>me,</span> <span m='139610'>I</span> <span m='140090'>wish</span> <span m='140330'>I</span> <span m='140380'>would've</span> <span m='140570'>got</span> <span m='140820'>into the</span> <span m='140970'>trades</span> <span m='141250'>a lot earlier</span> <span m='141710'>because</span> <span m='142020'>my</span> <span m='142120'>life</span> <span m='142440'>is</span> <span m='142700'>probably</span> <span m='143040'>about</span> <span m='143310'>100</span> <span m='143570'>times</span> <span m='143860'>better</span> <span m='144410'>ever</span> <span m='144610'>since</span> <span m='144830'>I've</span> <span m='144960'>gotten</span> <span m='145190'>into</span> <span m='145460'>the union,</span> <span m='145760'>hands</span> <span m='146020'>down.</span> </p>","file":{"id":364583,"video_id":"3274036527001","name":"2142-John-Apprentice-Electrician","duration":147215,"thumbnail_url":null}});