Electricians are responsible for safely securing the supply and distribution of electrical power throughout residential, commercial, and industrial buildings via electrical wiring. The specialties within the field range from working outdoors with high voltage lines to working with underground conduit. Requires situational awareness, physical fitness, computational reasoning, improvisational problem solving, mechanical intuition, ability to read blueprints, and communication skills.
Electricians have numerous specialties including the following areas (and more):
Low Voltage electricians deal with systems that carry less powerful electrical loads and include applications like landline telecommunication systems, closed-circuit television systems, fiber optic systems, or broadband systems.
Residential Electricians wire residential homes for power; wiring is sheathed in plastic for protection and is located in attics or crawl spaces to keep residents safe.
Commercial Electricians work in business environments like retail stores or restaurants; wiring may be run through open areas to permit access but is located in tubes called conduits.
Industrial Electricians help construct or maintain high voltage systems for industrial manufacturing or production facilities with highly specialized equipment.
APPRENTICESHIP & TRAINING
To join an apprenticeship program you must be 18 years old, have a high school diploma or GED and the physical ability to do the work.
Apprenticeship is a five year program in which students are paid to receive both on-the-job practical training and conventional classroom instruction.
On-the-job training is completed by the Apprentice working full-time with a contractor, and Related Training is completed at training facilities. There is no charge for tuition. Apprentices are required to purchase books each school year.
The Local 343 training center is located in Rochester, MN. The Local 110 apprenticeship training center (JATC) is located in St Paul Minnesota.
Steve Cardell | Business Manager
St Paul Apprenticeship Training Center