What to Expect From You Apprenticeship As an Electrician

Jul 26, 2022

 

 

Becoming an electrician takes time and a lot of work. The intricacies of electrical setups can be very dangerous, especially if installed incorrectly. For this reason, the process of becoming a licensed electrician can take a lot of hours of extended training. This training is, in more formal terms, considered an apprenticeship. Much like everything in the trades, the application process will vary depending on the route you choose and the organization you decide to join. For electricians, there are generally two choices. You can look for a professional organization that offers official apprenticeship training programs, or you can attend and apprentice at an electrician school. Both require a distinct application process and can provide different benefits depending on the organization and your learning style. Once you have decided on what path you would like to take and have been accepted into your program, you are ready to start your apprenticeship. Here are a few tips to let you know what you can expect from the experience. 

Bootcamp 

Suppose you've applied for a professional program such as IBEW and have been accepted. You will likely receive a call to notify you of the open classes available if you would like to accept. A two-week boot camp will follow. This boot camp is exceptionally important because it can be viewed as an extended interview. The school will have you learn terminology and code and require a good amount of physical labor. The boot camp aims to give its participants a look into an electrician's workspace and help weed out the people who might not be an excellent fit for the job. Therefore, keep in mind that it is difficult and laborious for a reason, show up on time, keep your attitude in check and do your best to learn as much as you can from your activities. 

School 

When you think of an apprenticeship, you are likely to focus mainly on the hands-on portion of the experience. While working with your hands and solving problems with wires, laters, and tools is part of the job, apprentices also have to go through an extensive school-based course. These school sessions can be challenging to manage. With job responsibilities, study sessions, and exams, everything can seem overwhelming to handle. It's essential to remember that the school-based portion of the apprenticeship is also significant. Much like the boot camp, make a conscious effort to keep a good attitude, show up for class and pay attention. 

Mentor 

Mentors can be a fantastic resource when participating in an apprenticeship. You will likely be working under a more experienced electrician, otherwise known as a mentor. Like everything that has to do with people, the experience will vary depending on the personality and working style of the person who mentors you. No matter the circumstance, keep in mind that you are there to improve your skills. Attitude is everything, and doing your best to maintain a positive relationship with your mentor can help take you a long way. Ask questions when you can, and keep an open mind. It's better to ask questions than not to ask and have to redo everything. 

At the end of the day, your apprenticeship will be one of your career's most significant learning experiences. You have a lot to learn and will continue to come across learning opportunities through the remainder of your time as an electrician. So remember to keep a learning attitude from the start and work to improve in everything you do.