Education & Careers
Careers in the Industry
A career in the electrical industry can be very rewarding. The electrical industry is always changing to keep up with the latest in technologies, products and services. The industry is so wide and varied, that there really is exciting employment opportunities for everyone. Here are a few opportunities to consider:
- Are you interested in an electrical apprenticeship to learn more about the trade? Consider employment with a utility company.
- Do you have an apptitude for math and science? How about a career as an electrical engineer?
- Are you interested in manufacturing or sales? A job with an electrical manufacturer might be just the ticket for you!
- Does the idea of working with circuits and wiring light you up? Maybe you should consider a career in lighting.
Cable Splicers splice, terminate, and maintain power cables in a network distribution system. They install and maintain conductors, transformers, network protectors, switches, and related electrical equipment. They also locate and repair electrical faults and perform physically demanding work in confined areas such as manholes, vaults and tunnels.
Electrician Constructor work with electrical circuits while they install, maintain and repair equipment at substations. They perform work on commercial and residential transformers, conductors, circuit breakers, switches, and control devices. Electrical constructors read prints, construct major components of a substation, install wire and troubleshoot control circuits.
Generation Electrician Constructor
Generations Electrician Constructors work with electricity and provide service and maintenance to powerhouses and switchyards equipment. They perform work on transformers, exciters, electronic governor’s motor controllers, conductors, high voltage circuit breakers, switches, protective devices, and cutouts. Generation electrician constructors maintain, construct, troubleshoot and repair major components of powerhouses using blueprints, manuals and raw materials.
Line workers install and maintain overhead and underground distribution and transmission electrical circuits. This includes installing and maintaining poles, wires, transformers, switches, terminations, underground cables, etc. Climbing wooden poles is an essential skill.
Meter Electricians install single and poly-phase, transformer-related, and self-contained meters as well as advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) using wireless technology and instrument transformers.
Utility Construction Worker
Utility Construction Worker workers use hand, electric, pneumatic and power tools for the construction, maintenance and repair of underground electrical distribution system infrastructure and other components of city power grids. Utility construction workers are comfortable with manual labor, large machinery and roadside worksites.
How to become a utilities apprentice?
You can prepare for apprenticeship by maintaining or refreshing your math skills, your knowledge of electrical theory, your physical fitness, and your mechanical reasoning. Please contact your local utility for more information.
Engineering & Contracting
Electrical engineers design, develop, test and supervise the manufacturing of electrical equipment such as electric motors, machinery controls, automobiles, aircraft and transmission utilities. Engineers are also responsible for the design of building electrical systems and maintaining the systems to specification.
How to become an electrical engineer?
A four year Electrical Engineering degree is required.
Manufacturing & Distribution
Jobs available in electrical manufacturing include sales and marketing, CAD operators and designers, wiremen, technicians, management, and support staff. In addition, electrical distributors link manufacturers and end users.
How to start a career in electrical manufacturing?
An education in engineering, computer sciences, or CAD Design is preferred.
Lighting & Lighting Controls
Electricians install and repair electrical wiring and related equipment for residential, commercial and industrial customers. Electricians test circuits, interpret architectural drawings, and install fixtures and electrical equipment and electrical equipment.
How to become an electrician?
Obtain the required amount of experience to qualify for a general journey level or specialty electrician certificate (8,000 documented hours working as an electrical trainee under the supervision of a certified electrician - 4,000 hours must be spend working in commercial industrial installation.)
Obtain the required amount of Basic Classroom instruction.
Apply for and pass the required exam.