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Working As An Electrical Apprentice

  • Interacting With Computers
  • Getting Information
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards
  • $40,000

    Average Salary

What Does An Electrical Apprentice Do

Electrical and electronics engineering technicians help engineers design and develop computers, communications equipment, medical monitoring devices, navigational equipment, and other electrical and electronic equipment. They often work in product evaluation and testing, using measuring and diagnostic devices to adjust, test, and repair equipment. They are also involved in the manufacture and deployment of equipment for automation.

Duties

Electrical engineering technicians typically do the following:

  • Put together electrical and electronic systems and prototypes
  • Build, calibrate, and repair electrical instruments or testing equipment
  • Visit construction sites to observe conditions affecting design
  • Identify solutions to technical design problems that arise during the construction of electrical systems
  • Inspect designs for quality control, report findings, and make recommendations
  • Draw diagrams and write specifications to clarify design details of experimental electronics units

Electrical engineering technicians install and maintain electrical control systems and equipment, and modify electrical prototypes, parts, and assemblies to correct problems. When testing systems, they set up test equipment and evaluate the performance of developmental parts, assemblies, or systems under simulated conditions. They then analyze test information to resolve design-related problems.

Electronics engineering technicians typically do the following:

  • Design basic circuitry and draft sketches to clarify details of design documentation, under engineers’ direction
  • Build prototypes from rough sketches or plans
  • Assemble, test, and maintain circuitry or electronic components according to engineering instructions, technical manuals, and knowledge of electronics
  • Adjust and replace defective circuitry and electronic components
  • Make parts, such as coils and terminal boards, by using bench lathes, drills, or other machine tools

Electronics engineering technicians identify and resolve equipment malfunctions and then work with manufacturers to get replacement parts. They also calibrate and perform preventative maintenance on equipment and systems.

These technicians often need to read blueprints, schematic drawings, and engineering instructions for assembling electronic units. They also write reports and record data on testing techniques, laboratory equipment, and specifications.

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How To Become An Electrical Apprentice

Electrical and electronics engineering technicians typically need an associate’s degree.

Education

Programs for electrical and electronics engineering technicians usually lead to an associate’s degree in electrical or electronics engineering technology. Vocational–technical schools include postsecondary institutions that serve local students and emphasize training needed by local employers.

Community colleges offer programs similar to those in technical institutes but include more theory-based and liberal arts coursework. Some of these colleges allow students to concentrate in computer electronics, industrial electronics, or communications electronics.

Prospective electrical and electronics engineering technicians usually take courses in ANSI C, C++ programming, Java programming, physics, microprocessors, and circuitry. The Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET accredits programs that include at least college algebra, trigonometry, and basic science courses.

Important Qualities

Logical-thinking skills. Electrical and electronics engineering technicians must isolate and then identify problems for the engineering staff to work on. They need good reasoning skills to identify and fix problems. Technicians must also be able to follow a logical sequence or specific set of rules to carry out engineers’ designs, inspect designs for quality control, and put together prototypes.

Math skills. Electrical and electronics engineering technicians use math for analysis, design, and troubleshooting in their work.

Mechanical skills. Electronics engineering technicians in particular must be able to use hand tools and soldering irons on small circuitry and electronic parts to create detailed electronic components by hand.

Observational skills. Electrical engineering technicians sometimes visit construction sites to make sure that electrical engineers’ designs are being carried out correctly. They are responsible for evaluating projects onsite and reporting problems to engineers.

Problem-solving skills. Electrical and electronics engineering technicians create what engineers have designed and often test the designs to make sure that they work. Technicians help to resolve any problems that come up in carrying out the engineers’ designs.

Writing skills. These technicians must write reports about onsite construction, the results of testing, or problems they find when carrying out designs. Their writing must be clear and well organized so that the engineers they work with can understand the reports.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

The National Institute for Certification in Engineering Technologies (NICET) offers certification in electrical power testing. This certification would benefit those technicians working in the electric power generation, transmission, and distribution industry.

ETA International also offers certifications in several fields, including basic electronics, biomedical, and renewable energy.

The International Society of Automation offers certification as a Control Systems Technician. To gain such certification, technicians must demonstrate skills in pneumatic, mechanical, and electronic instrumentation. In addition, they must demonstrate an understanding of process control loops and process control systems.

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Electrical Apprentice Career Paths

Electrical Apprentice
Electrician Foreman Superintendent
Project Superintendent
10 Yearsyrs
Electrician Foreman Supervisor
Service Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Electrician Maintenance Supervisor
Maintenance Director
11 Yearsyrs
Journeyman Electrician Foreman Superintendent
Construction Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Technician Engineer Manager
Site Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Technician Technician Maintenance Supervisor
Facilities Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Technician Field Service Technician Owner
Construction Superintendent
9 Yearsyrs
Journeyman Electrician Maintenance Electrician Maintenance Supervisor
Chief Engineer
9 Yearsyrs
Technician Team Leader Property Manager
Director Of Property Management
6 Yearsyrs
Technician Production Supervisor Superintendent
General Superintendent
11 Yearsyrs
Journeyman Electrician Owner Maintenance Manager
Facilities Maintenance Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Service Technician Electronics Technician
Electronics Technician Lead
5 Yearsyrs
Service Technician Field Service Technician Owner/Operator
General Contractor
5 Yearsyrs
Service Technician Engineer Project Engineer
Quality Control Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Driver Field Service Technician Electrical Engineer
Senior Electrical Designer
14 Yearsyrs
Installer Electronics Technician Electrical Technician
Lead Electrical Technician
7 Yearsyrs
Operator Electronics Technician Electrical Technician
Senior Electrical Technician
8 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Electrician Maintenance Manager Facilities Maintenance Manager
Facilities Project Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Electrical Foreman Electrical Superintendent
Electrical Manager
10 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Journeyman Wireman 6.5 years
Inside Wireman 5.1 years
Electrical Foreman 5.0 years
Electrician 4.3 years
Lead Electrician 3.9 years
Electrical Worker 3.4 years
Helper/Apprentice 2.0 years
Electrical Helper 1.9 years
Top Careers Before Electrical Apprentice
Cashier 9.1%
Apprentice 4.5%
Technician 4.3%
Helper 3.5%
Cook 3.2%
Driver 3.0%
Manager 2.9%
Server 2.8%
Top Careers After Electrical Apprentice
Electrician 23.7%
Technician 4.5%
Foreman 3.2%
Apprentice 3.1%
Cashier 2.8%
Driver 2.6%
Owner 2.4%
Journeyman 2.2%

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Top Skills for An Electrical Apprentice

  1. RUN Conduit
  2. Electrical Systems
  3. Light Fixtures
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Assist master electrician, rough in wiring, install lighting fixtures, outlets, run conduit and wiring.
  • Assisted electricians in inspecting electrical systems, equipment and components to identify.
  • Install measure and bend all new electrical conduits for outlets, wall switches, light fixtures, and power feeds.
  • Trouble-shoot temporary lighting and receptacles.
  • Operated construction hand tools and other specialized equipment safely, efficiently and effectively.

Electrical Apprentice Resume Examples And Tips

The average resume reviewer spends between 5 to 7 seconds looking at a single resume, which leaves the average job applier with roughly six seconds to make a killer first impression. Thanks to this, a single typo or error on your resume can disqualify you right out of the gate. At Zippia, we went through over 19,352 Electrical Apprentice resumes and compiled some information about how best to optimize them. Here are some suggestions based on what we found, divided by the individual sections of the resume itself.

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Electrical Apprentice Demographics

Gender

Male

84.4%

Unknown

9.2%

Female

6.4%
Ethnicity

White

61.2%

Hispanic or Latino

18.2%

Black or African American

11.6%

Asian

5.5%

Unknown

3.4%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

75.3%

French

4.2%

Portuguese

3.3%

Italian

2.8%

Dakota

2.8%

Chinese

1.9%

Japanese

1.4%

Arabic

1.4%

Vietnamese

0.9%

Russian

0.9%

Polish

0.9%

Swahili

0.5%

Romanian

0.5%

Lakota

0.5%

Hindi

0.5%

Blackfoot

0.5%

Khmer

0.5%

Ukrainian

0.5%

Welsh

0.5%

Norwegian

0.5%
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Electrical Apprentice Education

Schools

Porter and Chester Institute

16.5%

University of Phoenix

9.7%

The Academy

9.2%

Community College of the Air Force

7.8%

Everest Institute

5.4%

Apex Technical School

4.8%

Houston Community College

4.7%

Lee College

4.1%

Southern California Institute of Technology

3.8%

Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College

3.7%

Central New Mexico Community College

3.7%

New England Institute of Technology

3.2%

Hinds Community College

3.2%

Oklahoma State University

3.1%

A-Technical College

3.1%

Berk Trade and Business School

3.0%

Ashford University

2.8%

Kaplan University

2.8%

Anne Arundel Community College

2.8%

Carl D. Perkins Job Corps Center

2.7%
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Majors

Electrical Engineering Technology

38.3%

Business

9.9%

Electrical And Power Transmission Installers

9.4%

Electrical Engineering

8.2%

General Studies

4.6%

Criminal Justice

4.0%

Industrial Technology

3.4%

Automotive Technology

2.7%

Computer Science

2.4%

Heating And Air Conditioning

2.1%

Precision Metal Working

2.0%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

1.9%

Education

1.8%

Construction Management

1.5%

Graphic Design

1.5%

Liberal Arts

1.3%

Management

1.3%

Engineering

1.3%

Psychology

1.2%

Drafting And Design

1.2%
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Degrees

Other

50.0%

Associate

17.5%

Bachelors

13.8%

Certificate

11.5%

Diploma

4.6%

Masters

1.5%

License

0.9%

Doctorate

0.1%
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