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JOURNEYMAN ELECTRICIAN: Provide A Path For Electricty To Travel

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Troy shares his story about working as a journeyman electrician. (A journeyman is permitted to work unsupervised on any type of electrical system.) He describes what kind of work he does and tells us the steps he took to get into this field.

Job Title: Journeyman Electrician

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
National Statistic Change Location
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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
Office, Indoor, Physically demanding
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Problem solving skills, Leadership ability, Technical skills, People skills

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m='11370'>And what</span> <span m='11570'>do you</span> <span m='11680'>do?</span> </p><p><span m='14770'>Pretty</span> <span m='15140'>much</span> <span m='15920'>provide</span> <span m='16346'>a</span> <span m='17200'>path for</span> <span m='17620'>electricity</span> <span m='17875'>to</span> <span m='18130'>travel</span> <span m='18870'>is</span> <span m='19800'>what</span> <span m='20000'>we</span> <span m='20070'>do,</span> <span m='21600'>everything</span> <span m='22020'>from</span> <span m='22930'>bending</span> <span m='23280'>pipe</span> <span m='23650'>to give</span> <span m='23950'>a</span> <span m='24350'>place to</span> <span m='24655'>put</span> <span m='24960'>wire</span> <span m='25530'>to</span> <span m='27360'>running</span> <span m='27590'>MC</span> <span m='27960'>cable</span> <span m='28310'>through</span> <span m='28470'>walls.</span> </p><p><span m='29150'>I</span> <span m='29260'>got</span> <span m='29480'>here</span> <span m='29570'>by</span> <span m='29890'>accident.</span> </p><p><span m='30370'>How?</span> </p><p><span m='31990'>I</span> <span m='32290'>worked</span> <span m='33310'>for the</span> <span m='33500'>fire</span> <span m='33670'>department</span> <span m='34010'>also,</span> <span m='36130'>and</span> <span m='38050'>electrical</span> <span m='38530'>was always</span> <span m='38770'>something</span> <span m='39110'>I</span> <span m='39336'>did</span> <span m='39562'>on the side.</span> <span m='40466'>And</span> <span m='42274'>it</span> <span m='42730'>still</span> <span m='43005'>is.</span> <span m='43890'>I</span> <span m='44090'>needed</span> <span m='45455'>to</span> <span m='45900'>secure</span> <span m='46510'>a</span> <span m='47470'>second</span> <span m='47740'>means of</span> <span m='48010'>income.</span> <span m='48380'>That</span> <span m='48750'>way</span> <span m='49650'>if</span> <span m='50100'>something</span> <span m='50390'>ever</span> <span m='50590'>happened,</span> <span m='50900'>I always</span> <span m='51290'>had a backup</span> <span m='51680'>plan.</span> <span m='52970'>I'm</span> <span m='53190'>very</span> <span m='53410'>fortunate</span> <span m='53770'>that I</span> <span m='53890'>have</span> <span m='53970'>a</span> <span m='54010'>very</span> <span m='54200'>good</span> <span m='54380'>backup</span> <span m='54865'>plan.</span> </p><p><span m='55950'>There's</span> <span m='56380'>a</span> <span m='56580'>test</span> <span m='56820'>you</span> <span m='56900'>take</span> <span m='57190'>and</span> <span m='57390'>whatnot</span> <span m='57610'>to go</span> <span m='57670'>through the</span> <span m='57980'>union.</span> <span m='59580'>And</span> <span m='59940'>you</span> <span m='60180'>go</span> <span m='60300'>through</span> <span m='60470'>an</span> <span m='60510'>apprenticeship</span> <span m='61390'>which is,</span> <span m='61800'>I believe,</span> <span m='62210'>five</span> <span m='62480'>years.</span> <span m='62820'>And</span> <span m='63966'>from</span> <span m='64349'>there,</span> <span m='64540'>you</span> <span m='64989'>turn out</span> <span m='65464'>as a</span> <span m='65939'>journeyman and</span> <span m='67840'>either</span> <span m='68200'>work</span> <span m='68410'>your</span> <span m='68520'>way</span> <span m='68750'>up</span> <span m='69241'>to</span> <span m='70714'>foreman,</span> <span m='71205'>or</span> <span m='71696'>wherever</span> <span m='72187'>you may</span> <span m='72678'>go.</span> <span m='74642'>That</span> <span m='75133'>is</span> <span m='76115'>kind of</span> <span m='76606'>the</span> <span m='77097'>pathway</span> <span m='77588'>to it.</span> </p><p><span m='78570'>And what</span> <span m='79070'>do you</span> <span m='79320'>know</span> <span m='79480'>now about</span> <span m='79650'>your</span> <span m='79730'>career</span> <span m='80115'>that you</span> <span m='80500'>wish you</span> <span m='80650'>would have</span> <span m='80900'>known</span> <span m='81070'>when</span> <span m='81210'>you</span> <span m='81300'>first</span> <span m='81550'>started?</span> </p><p><span m='83260'>I</span> <span m='83520'>guess</span> <span m='83900'>how</span> <span m='83940'>to</span> <span m='84090'>deal</span> <span m='84610'>with</span> <span m='84860'>the</span> <span m='84940'>downtimes.</span> <span m='86930'>Just like anything</span> <span m='87320'>else,</span> <span m='87710'>there's</span> <span m='88132'>uptimes</span> <span m='88554'>and downtimes.</span> <span m='89820'>So</span> <span m='90160'>how to</span> <span m='90440'>deal with</span> <span m='90770'>the</span> <span m='90860'>downtimes</span> <span m='92420'>and</span> <span m='92610'>preparing</span> <span m='92950'>yourself</span> <span m='93380'>for the future</span> <span m='93840'>a little bit</span> <span m='94287'>better--</span> <span m='95630'>something,</span> <span m='96020'>unfortunately,</span> <span m='96310'>I learned</span> <span m='96640'>the hard</span> <span m='96970'>way</span> <span m='97468'>instead</span> <span m='97966'>of listening</span> <span m='98464'>to others.</span> <span m='99460'>So</span> <span m='100960'>always</span> <span m='101240'>listen.</span> </p>","file":{"id":276863,"video_id":"2708329773001","name":"72918800","duration":102313,"thumbnail_url":null}});