In this career, your responsibilities may include:
- Installing and maintaining electrical systems in buildings.
- Identifying electrical problems and performing repairs or making replacements as necessary.
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Training can occur on the job, in technical school, or through an associate degree program. Most electricians must participate in a 4-5 year apprenticeship, after which they may work independently. A certain amount of work experience or education can sometimes count toward part of the apprenticeship requirement.
Obtaining a bachelor’s degree in Engineering Technology would allow you to work as an Engineering Technologist, if you do not already have the U.S. equivalent of a bachelor’s degree. Obtaining a bachelor’s degree in engineering would allow you to work as an Electrical Engineer or Electronics Engineer. Your associate degree might give you advanced standing or transfer credit toward a bachelor’s degree, reducing the time it would take you to graduate.
Certification is not required.
Licensure is required in most states.