Ever thought about getting involved with the electrical trade? It’s an ever-evolving business, with no shortage of work. And, there are a few ways you can get started. In today’s guide, we’re going to talk you through some of the routes available to you. Read on to find out more – we hope we can point you towards the road to success!
So, the big question is – why become an electrician? The answer is simple. The whole country depends on skilled electricians to set up, maintain, and repair all kinds of electrical systems. One minute you could be working in a customer’s home, the next you could be arranging the power points in an enormous concert hall. There is such high demand for electricians that the number of jobs has risen by 40% in the past ten years. There is no sign of this slowing down.
As we mentioned above, there are many different specialties in the electrical trade. Construction is an obvious example. But, you can refine your skills even further and specialise in things like setting up large lighting systems. You can work for one of the many big electrical companies, or settle for a local firm. You could even buy into an electrical franchise, set up your own business, or work as a sole trader. Whatever you feel comfortable with, there will be opportunities.
Here in Australia, you have to have an electrical license to work as an electrician. You will need to check your local state, too, as there could be slight variations to each license that you will have to fulfill. However, most states need you to take on an apprenticeship before you get your license.
In general, you will need to finish a four-year apprenticeship with an employer. During your time as an apprentice, you will take lots of training classes. You can also expect examinations and practicals with a certified trainer. As soon as you are confident enough in your skills, you can move on to apply for your license.
Finding an apprenticeship
Apprenticeships can be tricky to find as there is a lot of competition. As in many other things in life, if you know people in the trade already, it can work to your advantage. They might be able to help you by giving you an apprenticeship, or pointing you in the right direction to a company that can help. Keep an eye open for opportunities in your local area, too. And, don’t be afraid to visit electrical companies in your area to see if there is anything available. Not only might it be a successful visit, but you will also get your face known by the people that matter.
You will need to be systematic, good with your hands, and have a mind ready for solving problems to make a good electrician. You will also need to be good with people, as customer service will be an important part of your success. Try and get some basic business skills, too – especially if you plan on starting your own company.
Becoming an electrician is a rewarding career move – and it can be lucrative if you have a business brain. Good luck!