Clean windows and perform repairs after buildings close for the day.
You see them on every construction site—the Electrician with the overflowing tool belt, testing and pulling wires, installing circuit boxes, and mounting light fixtures. If you dream of doing that one day, you must first earn your own tool belt—and certification—through a position as an Electrical Apprentice.
The position of Electrical Apprentice is the golden opportunity to gain firsthand experience from a licensed Electrician, but it requires dedication and focus. Your apprenticeship typically lasts three to five years before you become eligible for a Journeyman Electrician position. Some apprenticeships even require the completion of a pre-apprenticeship before you can apply.
However you get into the position, you spend your days working side-by-side with the Electrician. Under his or her direct supervision, you learn how to install, replace, test, and diagnose wiring. This wiring provides all of the electricity to houses, businesses, ships, shops, and many other structures, so watch and listen to learn the ropes. As an Electrical Apprentice, you learn to run wires from the circuit breaker, through the walls, and into outlets, light fixtures, and appliances.
This is specialized work, so it requires specialized tools. You have your own set of screwdrivers, hammers, wire cutters, gloves, voltage meters, and insulated pliers. Electricity can be a dangerous thing, so you treat it with respect, always think twice before touching a wire, work with a partner, and use the proper tools to avoid electrocution.