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How To Become A Master Electrician

The master electrician belongs to the elite of an extraordinary skilled trade and a professional of this field usually owns his own contracting business or works as a supervisor. Master electricians are responsible for maintaining and installing the complex wiring and circuitry which brings power to all of the electrical devices people use daily in factories, offices or homes. Becoming a professional of this field involves a lot of studying, but it mainly requires years of experience and on-the-job training. The primary growth areas for professionals of this field today are in applications which involve operating and installing computer-based audio, video and data-processing systems. We will tell you more about the process of becoming an electrician of this level, so read this article further.

Starting With High School Courses

The education for this profession starts as early as high school. A person interested in this profession should take the high-school courses in physics, mathematics and blueprint reading or working with the electrical components. Computer science courses are also a big plus of knowledge for a future professional of this field because computer-based wiring and infrastructure are becoming a big part of the work an electrician is required to do. After high school is over, completing a two-year associate’s degree in the field of electronics is recommended at a technical school or a community college. Classes used to be a part of apprenticeships before, but the most aspiring electricians today begin with a program of courses in mathematics, electrical theory (physics), electronics and building and safety codes. Placement programs and internships are a huge advantage in the electrician training process.

The Apprenticeship

The person that wants to become a master electrician is required to complete an apprenticeship in order to first become an electrician with a license. In general, it requires two years for completing that program if the classroom work has been finished, and it takes four years otherwise. Apprenticeship programs are supervised and sponsored by organizations like the National Association of Contractors and the International Brotherhood of Electricians, which creates many opportunities for finding a job with a recognized electrical contractor. After the apprenticeship is completed, the individual will need to take an exam for obtaining an electrician’s license. All states of USA require the electrician to successfully pass a written test in order to be licensed. There isn’t a standardized national test, so everyone should check with their apprenticeship supervisor in order to study and arrange to take that exam.

Becoming A Master Electrician

An ambitious and well-trained electrician shouldn’t stop after getting the license and they should continue their education on the job in order to earn the electrical engineering Bachelor of Science degree. The requirements of becoming a master electrician vary between states, but the electrician needs either the college degree or seven years of experience in order to be eligible to take the master electrician exam. Some of the states also have requirements for a separate test for becoming a contractor. The education process doesn’t stop after obtaining the master license. The electrician will need constant education in order to be able to keep up with the changes in building codes and the regulations of the field. This is a field that changes fast and requires awareness of those changes, but can yield a higher salary as a result of higher education.