Why Become an Electrician?

Powering Your Future. Powering Your Career

Start your future as an electrician today!

As an electrician, you control your destiny. Your powerful career puts cutting-edge technology in your hands and places you in one of America's most in-demand occupations. As our reliance on energy sources rises, so does the need for skilled electricians.

 As your career grows, you will have unlimited career paths to choose from. What inspires you? Leading a team? Owning a company? Working on complex construction projects? You have the POWER to build the exciting future of your dreams.

What Do Electricians Do?

Here’s a quick look at what electricians actually do day-to-day. The electrical profession is always expanding to new areas and is an essential occupation, meaning job security and a solid future.

Electricians install, maintain, and repair electrical power, communications, lighting, and control systems in homes, businesses, commercial buildings, and industrial facilities.

  • Read blueprints and technical diagrams
  • Install and maintain wiring, control, and lighting systems
  • Inspect electrical components, such as transformers and circuit breakers
  • Identify electrical problems using a variety of testing devices
  • Repair or replace wiring, equipment, or fixtures using hand tools and power tools
  • Follow state and local building regulations based on the National Electrical Code
  • Direct and train workers to install, maintain, or repair electrical wiring or equipment

Almost every building has an electrical power, communications, lighting, and control system that is installed during construction and maintained after that. These systems power the lights, appliances, and equipment that make people’s lives and jobs easier and more comfortable. Maintaining equipment and systems involves identifying problems and repairing broken equipment that is sometimes difficult to reach. Maintenance work may include fixing or replacing parts, light fixtures, control systems, motors, and other types of electrical equipment.

Experienced electricians may work with building engineers and architects to help design electrical systems for new construction. They may also consult with other construction specialists, such as elevator installers and heating and air conditioning workers, to help install or maintain electrical or power systems. Electricians employed by large companies are likely to work as part of a crew, and they may direct helpers and apprentices to complete jobs.