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What Is the Electrical Trade?

Electricity grew popular in the late 19th century, and this demand led to the formation of the electrical profession. In fact, many skilled electricians—such as Thomas Edison and Nikola Tesla—became famous for their electrical inventions.

The electrical trade consists of three areas: industrial, commercial and domestic. Throughout history, tradesmen have often specialized in one electrical discipline, but many have knowledge of more than one. Today, electricity powers nearly everything we use in our daily lives, and there are more exciting electrical trends on the horizon.

If you’re curious about trade schools for electricians or interested in basic training for electricians, you might be a good fit for the electrical trade. Learn more by exploring some common questions of the electrical trade.

What does an individual in the electrical trade do?

An electrical tradesperson installs, maintains and repairs power and lighting in homes and businesses. Some focus on construction or maintenance, while others specialize in both. Common tasks include:

  • Reading technical diagrams
  • Installing and connecting wires to circuit breakers, outlets, transformers or other systems
  • Using basic electrical tools of the trade
  • Repairing and replacing equipment when it breaks
  • Making quick repairs, often in small or dark areas
  • Correcting potential problems before they occur
  • Fixing motors, generators, and other machines
  • Taking proper safety precautions to avoid injury and electric shock

All individuals in the electrical trade must follow local and state building codes and the National Electric Code.

Where does an electrical tradesperson work?

Many work in residential homes, installing wiring and solving electrical problems for homeowners who don’t have a tradesperson’s hands-on skills or knowledge in electrical theory, math and power distribution. However, many men and women in the electrical trade work in factories, warehouses or business buildings, applying their skills on a larger scale.

How long is electrical trade school?

Basic electrical training at a trade or vocational school involves students learning core electrical skills—both in the classroom and in the shop. Students spend many hours learning electrical safety, residential wiring, breakers and fuses, grounding, bonding, splicing, currents and outlets.

Because learning a new skill is a time investment, students dedicate weeks and months to brightening their futures. At Apex Technical School, students in the electrical program gain 900 hours of entry-level electrician-skill training in as little as seven months.

After studying several hundred hours in a classroom and shop setting, many students go on to apprenticeships and entry-level positions in the electrical industry.

Learn more about the electrical trade at Apex, including classes and areas of study.

What tools does an electrical tradesperson use?

Learning how to use the right tools is an important part of basic electrical training programs. A tradesperson uses many tools to install, maintain and repair electrical boxes, fuses and wiring. Some valuable tools on your tool belt include:

  • Digital multimeter
  • Tape measure
  • Fish tape
  • Wire stripper
  • Wire crimper
  • Screwdrivers
  • Pliers

As you learn about working in the electrical industry, read more about electrical tools of the trade and how to use them.

How do I gain electrical skills in New York?

Enrolling in an accredited trade school is a great place to start if you want to learn entry-level electrical skills. Because every vocational school for electricians has its own look, feel and personality, it’s a good idea to visit the school to see if you feel comfortable there. This is also an ideal time to ask questions you may have about technical school training, classes and instructors.

At Apex Technical School in Long Island City, Queens, we meet one-on-one with you to discuss your goals and to explain what our school offers:

  • Seven 900-hour certificate courses
  • Hands-on technical training
  • Day and evening classes
  • Job placement assistance
  • Financial aid and work-study to those who qualify

Find out if Apex Technical School in New York is right for you. Contact us today to learn more about our trade school for electricians.

*Apex Technical School and its instructors are licensed by the State of New York, New York State Education Department.

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