If you are looking for electrician jobs in Seattle, you are in the right place. The Northwest is among the best places to be for jobs in this skilled trade. Oregon and Washington rank number two and seven in a list of the best states to be an electrician. And Seattle is an area where electricians are in high demand.
The salaries for electricians in the Northwest are among the best, averaging more than $70,000 a year. So, if you want to become an electrician, how do you go about it? It begins with training.
Getting an Apprenticeship
In order to work as an electrician, you need to become licensed or certified, and to do that, you have to go through an apprenticeship. You can get your apprenticeship in several ways, including through a trade school or a union.
If you go through a union, they will hook you up with an employer for hands-on training and give you the classroom training you need. You should be aware that when you apply for an apprenticeship, you might have to take a test that will evaluate your math and reading comprehension skills. Also, depending on the state you are working in, you may have to register with the state before working at job sites.
During the apprenticeship, you will get training on the job as well as in the classroom under the supervision of a master electrician. In most states, the apprenticeship takes four years. After completing it, you need to pass an exam to become a licensed electrician.
As an apprentice, you will learn to read technical diagrams and electrical layouts on construction blueprints. You will install and repair electrical wiring and equipment. You will also learn about local, state and national regulations that electricians need to comply with. And you will test and inspect electrical systems.
Generally, apprentices need to spend about 570 to 1,000 hours in the classroom and four to five years for the hands-on training.
Looking for a Job?
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