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Is the Electrical Trade the Path for You?

Is technical school my next step? Should I turn my interest in electrical school into a reality? How do I know if electrical training courses are a good fit for me?

These questions are common when you’re determining how—and where—to pursue your education. If you’ve always had an interest in electricity or wondered how it works, consider what you like about the industry. Next, imagine yourself as an individual in an entry-level electrical position. Do your interests, personality traits, and strengths make you a good fit for the trade? Explore four indicators to learn more about yourself and the electrical trade below.

  1. I’m persistent when projects get tough.

  2. You’re a patient person who knows how to keep your cool. When team members, classmates or friends get frustrated, you’re the strong voice in the group with a plan. Your knack for endurance has helped you through hard times. You’re capable of finding the silver lining in tough situations because you trust yourself to solve problems.

     

    In the electrical trade, persistence helps you stay focused. Electrical repairs require concentration, attention to detail, and adherence to best practices learned in electrical training courses. Your determination is an essential trait that makes you an asset for jobs that need maintenance or installations because these jobs can be time consuming and complex.

     

  3. I’m a dependable person.

  4. As a family member, friend, student and co-worker, you are trustworthy. People know they can count on you because you honor commitments. Not only do you hold others accountable but also yourself. You don’t wait around—you take initiative and jump into a project or situation with confidence. If you make an error, you own up to it. Next time, you’ll incorporate what you learned from that mistake.

     

    Individuals in the electrical trade must be reliable. Customers, managers, and co-workers depend upon electrical tradespeople to get the job done right. If a job is performed incorrectly, it can result in repairs that do not meet code standards or installations that cause dangerous electrical fires. Dependable people working in the electrical field take their skills seriously and use them to maintain safety and ethical standards.

     

  5. I learn by doing and working with others.

  6. Do you learn best in a hands-on situation? Many individuals in the electrical trade are tactile learners. This means they thrive by getting their hands dirty and remember things by physical movement. You prefer to touch, move, draw, or plot out information as you learn. You feel like you learn more when you’re in a lab or shop compared to a traditional classroom.

     

    People in the electrical industry start by learning from skilled instructors with on-the-job experience. Because you’re a hands-on learner, you can learn new things by trying something yourself several times or observing others completing a task. Once you’ve learned the basics, you can use this skill throughout your time in the industry because new methods, electrical tools, and technology require electrical tradespeople to be lifelong learners.

     

  7. I’m a critical thinker with a strong memory.

  8. You’re a logical person who considers all sides of an argument or problem before rushing to a conclusion. You’re clear, rational, and open-minded in how you approach life and work. As a student and employee, you don’t take information at face value; instead, you ask questions if you don’t understand. When you uncover the facts, you try to commit them to memory.

     

    Individuals working in the electrical industry are required to remember best practices and uphold important safety codes. The National Electric Code is the manual that all electricians rely on in the field. Critical thinking skills and a steadfast memory can help set you apart and make you a strong candidate for pursuing a future in the electrical trade.

     

    There are many exciting trade industries and countless reasons to consider a technical school to continue your education. If you’re interested in learning how to learn entry-level electrical skills or start trade school classes, explore our electrical and advanced electrical program or schedule a tour online today.

*Apex Technical School and its instructors are licensed by the State of New York, New York State Education Department. Grad rates, debt and other consumer disclosures at apexschool.com.

 

Disclaimer: Apex Technical School provides training for entry-level jobs. Not everything you may read about the industry is covered in our training programs.

 

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6 Possible Misconceptions About the Electrical Industry

Dispelling Misconceptions About Entering the Electrical Industry

If you’re considering going into the electrical trade, you probably know that it requires industry-specific training. And since virtually everybody uses electricity, the public often forms misconceptions about what those in the electrical trade do every day. Find out what those common misconceptions are, and what’s covered when preparing to enter the electrical field of trade.

Misconception #1: Entering the electrical trade doesn’t require an education.

Many employers will not hire people without experience or industry specific training, and pursuing higher education in the electrical industry can greatly increase employers’ interest in hiring you. Pursuing your training from a school with a strong history in the following can increase your future success even further:

  • Installation and safety
  • Conductors
  • Grounding and bonding
  • Fuses and wiring
  • Outlets and circuits
  • Electrical loads
  • Theory and application
  • Wire tables
  • Motors and controllers
  • Transformers

Misconception #2: The electrical industry doesn’t offer room for career growth.

Because you don’t need a four-year degree to enter the industry, it’s assumed that there isn’t opportunity to grow in your electrical career. Contrary to popular belief, a person in the electrical field is not finished learning as soon as he or she begins working. Years of experience improve electrical knowledge, and individuals can pursue advanced electrical training.

Misconception #3: Electrical work is too dangerous.

While electrical work requires attention to detail and solid knowledge of how electricity works, it shouldn’t be dangerous for those with proper electrical industry training. Ensure your electrical training covers electrical safety, and check the accreditation of your school. While shocks, burns, cuts, and falls are possible, a reputable school will be accredited and recognized for its ability to graduate safety-minded electrical person in the electrical field who are trained on risk prevention.

Misconception #4: Electrical is a dying field.

Because the trade has been around for decades while new technologies have evolved, people often consider electrical an industry no longer at its peak – an industry for older workers who will soon retire. However, electricity remains a fundamental component of most technologies, even as we enter an age of green energy. Households and businesses are in need of a younger generation of people in the electrical field to serve their evolving electrical needs. The Bureau of Labor Statistics can give you a sense of the size of the electrical field.

Misconception #5: All people in the electrical field do the same thing.

Not all people in the electrical field are linemen. Those in indoor or building electricity often focus on one specialized area, which could be one of the following:

  • Commercial
  • Residential
  • Industrial
  • Light industrial
  • Voice-Data-Video wiring

If you’re not sure what type of electrical work you’re interested in – or even that you’ll want to specialize – it’s important that you pursue electrical industry training that covers all the focus areas. Get a firm foundation in all the basics so you can make an informed decision about the type of electrical job you want to pursue – whether it’s one with daily tasks focused on one type of electrical or one that allows you to explore several types of electrical work in a single week.

Misconception #6: Individuals in the electrical field will never have full-time jobs.

While many in the electrical field are paid hourly, the amount of hours they work usually equals a full-time job. Rising, electrical program graduates should have an advantage over non-grads in seeking an entry-level job in the field.
As you consider pursuing electrical training, remember to talk to schools about what their electrical graduates do in the real world and what job placement assistance they have available.

 

Disclaimer: Apex Technical School provides training for entry-level jobs. Not everything you may read about the industry is covered in our training programs.