Electricians plan the electrical systems for structures. They install wiring and other electrical components such as breaker boxes, switches, light fixtures, and telephone and television wiring. They must be familiar with local and national codes. Electricians must be carefully trained and safe because they can be exposed to hazardous conditions and situations. In Wisconsin, upon completion of apprenticeship, completed apprentices receive a Journeyman Certification. Future career path opportunities include jobs as estimators, distribution manager, inspectors, project managers, trade instructors, and foreman.
Electrical work can be indoors or outdoors. Their work is sometimes physically strenuous requiring prolonged standing in cramped or uncomfortable positions. Electricians may work in dusty, dirty, hot and wet conditions, or in confined areas, ditches or other uncomfortable places. The working environment varies with each job and may include working on ladders and scaffolding. Electricians follow strict safety procedures to prevent injuries from electrical shock, falls and cuts.
- Five year training program
- 8,000 hours on-the-job training
- 700 hours paid related instruction
- 110 hours unpaid related instruction
- Additional related instruction may be required
- High school diploma or equivalent
- Algebra with a passing grade of "C" or higher or equivalent
- Meet required norms on aptitude test (if required)
- Physically able to perform trade
- Valid driver's license or reliable transportation
International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 14
1920 Ward Avenue
La Crosse, WI 54601