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Electrical & Power Transmission Installers, Other

CIP Code 46.0399

​Electricians bring electricity into homes, businesses, and factories. They install and maintain the wiring, fuses, and other components through which electricity flows. Electricians usually start their work by reading technical diagrams that show the locations of circuits, outlets, load centers, panel boards, and other equipment. To ensure public safety, electricians follow the National Electrical Code, and state and local building codes.

Electricians generally focus on either construction or maintenance, although many do both. Electricians specializing in construction primarily install wiring systems into factories, businesses, and new homes. Electricians who specialize in maintenance, usually repair and upgrade existing electrical systems and equipment. Specialized electricians may assist in the installation and repair of solar photovoltaic or thermal systems, security or fire alarm system wiring and equipment, heavy duty power transmission lines, or railroad communication systems.

Electricians may work indoors or outdoors, at construction sites, in homes, and in businesses or factories. Work may be strenuous at times and may include bending conduit, lifting heavy objects, and standing, stooping, and kneeling for long periods. Electricians risk injury from electrical shock, falls, and cuts. They must follow strict safety procedures to avoid injuries. When working outdoors, they may be subject to inclement weather conditions. Some electricians may have to travel long distances to jobsites. Most electricians work a standard 40 hour week, although overtime may be required.

Most electricians learn their trade through apprenticeship programs. Because of the comprehensive training received, those who complete apprenticeship programs qualify for both maintenance and construction work. Apprenticeship programs may last four years. In the classroom, apprentices learn electrical theory, blueprint reading, mathematics, electrical code requirements, and safety and first aid practices. They also may receive specialized training in soldering, communications, fire alarm systems, and cranes and elevators.

A number of public and private vocational technical schools and training academies offer training to become an electrician. Employers often hire students who complete these programs and usually start them at a more advanced level than those without this training. A few people become electricians by first working as helpers, assisting electricians by setting up job sites, gathering materials, and doing other nonelectrical work, before entering an apprenticeship program. Electricians may also need classes in mathematics because they solve mathematical problems on the job.

Most States and localities require electricians to be licensed. Although licensing requirements vary from State to State, electricians usually must pass an examination that tests their knowledge of electrical theory, the National Electrical Code, and state and local electric and building codes. Experienced electricians periodically take courses offered by their employer or union to learn about changes in the National Electrical Code.

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Approved Secondary School Partners

Admiral Peary AVTSEbensburg2010-2011
Beaver County CTCMonaca2010-2011
Berks CTC - East CampusOley2010-2011
Berks CTC - West CampusLeesport2010-2011
Bethlehem AVTSBethlehem2011-2012
Bradford Area HSBradford2010-2011
Bucks County Technical High SchoolFairless Hills2010-2011
Carbon Career & Technical InstituteJim Thorpe2011-2012
Career Institute of TechnologyEaston2009-2010
Central Westmoreland CTCNew Stanton2009-2010
Chester County Technical College HS-BrandywineDowningtown2010-2011
Chester County Technical College HS-PickeringPhoenixville2010-2011
Clearfield County CTCClearfield2011-2012
Columbia-Montour AVTSBloomsburg2011-2012
Connellsville Area CTCConnellsville2011-2012
Crawford County CTCMeadville2011-2012
CTC of Lackawanna CountyScranton2011-2012
Cumberland-Perry AVTSMechanicsburg2010-2011
Dauphin County Technical SchoolHarrisburg2010-2011
Delaware County Technical High School-AstonAston2010-2011
Delaware Valley HSMilford2010-2011
Eastern Center for Arts & TechnologyWillow Grove2009-2010
Edison HS/Fareira SkillsPhiladelphia2010-2011
Erie County Technical SchoolErie2015-2016
Fayette County Career & Technical InstituteUniontown2011-2012
Forbes Road CTCMonroeville2009-2010
Franklin County CTCChambersburg2010-2011
Greater Altoona CTCAltoona2010-2011
Greater Johnstown SHSJohnstown2010-2011
Greene County CTCWaynesburg2010-2011
Hazleton Area Career CenterHazleton2011-2012
Huntingdon County CTCMill Creek2010-2011
Lancaster County CTC-Brownstown CampusBrownstown2010-2011
Lawrence County CTCNew Castle2011-2012
Lebanon County CTCLebanon2010-2011
Lehigh Career & Technical InstituteSchnecksville2010-2011
Mastbaum Jules E AVTSPhiladelphia2010-2011
Middle Bucks Institute of TechnologyJamison2010-2011
Mifflin Co Academy of Science & TechnologyLewistown2014-2015
Mifflin-Juniata CTCLewistown2011-2012
Mon Valley CTCCharleroi2010-2011
Monroe Career & Technical InstituteBartonsville2011-2012
North Montco Technical Career CenterLansdale2009-2010
Northern Tier Career CenterTowanda2011-2012
Parkway West CTCOakdale2013-2014
Reading-Muhlenberg CTCReading2009-2010
Schuylkill Technology Centers - SouthMar Lin2010-2011
Somerset County Technology CenterSomerset2011-2012
Steel Center AVTSJefferson Hills2009-2010
Sun Area Technical InstituteNew Berlin2009-2010
Swenson Arts & Technology HSPhiladelphia2010-2011
Universal Audenried Charter SchoolPhiladelphia2013-2014
Upper Bucks County AVTSPerkasie2011-2012
West Side CTCKingston2010-2011
Western Area CTCCanonsburg2010-2011
Western Montgomery CTCLimerick2011-2012
Wilkes-Barre CTCWilkes-Barre2011-2012
York County School of TechnologyYork2010-2011