You have probably heard the adage, “All work is good work.” Indeed, if you want to feel a sense of accomplishment each night before you go to bed, being an electrician will certainly give you that. If you like solving problems, enjoy technology, and appreciate serving people you already have the right mind set. Your friends at Team Electric Plumbing & Air want to help you succeed. If you decide that you want to become a New Jersey electrician, here are the steps you will need to take.
The steps to becoming an electrician
1. High School Diploma: The very first step is making sure you have your high school diploma or some type of equivalent. If you don’t have tangible proof, you will need to get in contact with your old High School and get a copy. This will come in handy later.
2. Trade School: The next thing is to find the appropriate trade school. You might want to do a little bit of research and find out what type of electrician you want to become. That way, you can take the right courses. Another thing you will need to do is make certain that your chosen trade school is recognized by the New Jersey Board of Examiners of Electrical Contractors. The last thing you want is to spend your time and money on a school that isn’t even recognized.
3. Apprenticeship: Sometimes your trade school will work in an apprenticeship, sometimes they do not. Regardless, you are going to need to accumulate around 8,000 supervised hours in order to get your license. Keep a detailed record of your hours. Your apprenticeship will be the time to ask questions, and learn from master electricians. Another nice thing about your apprenticeship is that you will be paid. Remember to put your best foot forward, the work ethic you show as an apprentice can land you a permanent job.
4. Applying for the License: Once you have graduated from your trade school and you have the obtained the necessary hours, you can apply for a license. You will need to prove that you have taken at least 576 hours in the classroom, and show a record of your hours as an apprentice. You will also need to provide proof that you have a high school diploma or GED.
5. Taking the Test: Once your application has been approved, you need to pay a fee and take the test. The test is based on the National Electric Code as well as New Jersey Electric Codes. Your test will be assessed by the New Jersey Board of Examiners of Electrical Contractors. Once you have passed the test you will be issued a journeyman electrician license.
Keep it Current
Once you have you license, it becomes you responsibility to keep it current. Pay close attention to the expiration date on your license and make certain you renew your license when needed. If you ever miss the deadline, you will be forced to pay a fine. By keeping your license current and always following the National Electric Code, you will build up your rapport with your clients and your company.