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Electrician

If you enjoy working with your hands, troubleshooting and repairing electrical problems, and forming good business and customer service skills, then a career as an electrician may be the right choice for you.

Discovering your passion

There's often construction around military installations. With most construction jobs, electricians are in demand. If you are considering a career as an electrician, review the Research Occupations tool on MySECO. Take self-assessments to make sure your skills and interests align with this career path.

Education and training

Once you have decided to pursue a career as an electrician, you can explore the many tools and resources on MySECO to help you get the necessary education to practice in your profession. After completing a high school degree or equivalent, most aspiring electricians enter a four-year or five-year apprenticeship program. Each year of your program will consist of at least 144 hours of technical training and 2,000 hours of paid on-the-job training.

To find an electrical apprenticeship program near you, visit the following sites:

Some electricians attend technical school directly out of high school, where programs can target a specific area of expertise. However, completing a technical school program does not immediately qualify you to enter the workforce. Typically, completion of a technical school program will earn you credit toward the completion of your apprenticeship program.

College Scorecard is a great starting point for researching and selecting an education institution. When you visit College Scorecard, search by program/degree, location, size and more to find a program of study near you. You can also use the MySECO Scholarship Finder to help you find funding to help pay for classes.

Most states require electricians to pass a test and complete licensure requirements before they can work. To prepare for and pass the test to receive a license, you will need to know about the National Electrical Code, state electrical codes and local electrical codes. Contact your local or state electrical licensing board to learn about your state-specific requirements. Be sure to visit the Military Spouse Interstate License Recognition Options for up-to-date legislation and licensure information for your specific state.

Finding employment

Once you’ve met the education requirements to become an electrician, it’s time to find a job in your occupation. One of the first places to look is the Military Spouse Employment Partnership Job Search. Hundreds of partner employers have made the commitment to recruit, hire, promote and retain military spouses in portable careers. Visit the MSEP Job Search to find open positions with committed employers.

You can also search your local state and national job bank for electrician positions or use the MySECO Job Search Tools, which include the following:

Professional organizations and networking

Join a professional organization in your chosen field to gain a better understanding of current industry practices and policies. Professional organizations are great ways to continue your education through workshops and conferences, which will add to your transferable skill set as you move. Network with other professionals in your industry to give you an edge in meeting the right people who may have the connections you need to get an interview at your new location

Read The Value of Professional Associations for more information on how becoming a member can help enhance your career.

Next steps

To find more information about starting your career as an electrician, check out the Research Occupations tool on MySECO. Enter the keyword 'electrician' to learn more about your specialty field. If you need more information on obtaining the proper license or certification as part of your specialty field, visit the Advantages of Licensure article in the Education, Training and Licensing lifecycle stage of MySECO.

If you have questions about apprenticeship programs, you can check out the article Learn Skills Through Apprenticeships. You can also speak with a SECO career coach by calling Military OneSource at 800-342-9647 to discuss any questions or concerns you may have. Coaches are available to review your resume, practice interviewing, discuss networking or assist you in understanding employer requirements for this field. For additional guidance, use the Live Chat feature on the MySECO website.

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