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Electrician and Low Voltage Technician Job Preview and Expectations

Electricians install, connect, test, and maintain electrical systems for a variety of purposes, including climate control, security, and communications. They also may install and maintain the electronic controls for machines in business and industry. Although most electricians specialize in construction or maintenance, a growing number do both.

Low Voltage Technicians test, service, and maintain low voltage electronic and control systems equipment. Technicians are often divided into two categories: Voice Data Video technicians (or VDV techs), and Fire Life Safety technicians (or FLS techs). Voice Data Video technicians establish communications systems by installing, operating, and maintaining voice, data, and video telecommunications network circuits and equipment. Fire Life Safety technicians work on proprietary systems related to fire, life, and safety.

Electricians work with blueprints when they install electrical systems in factories, office buildings, homes, and other structures. Blueprints indicate the locations of circuits, outlets, load centers, panel boards, and other equipment. Electricians must follow the National Electric Code and comply with State and local building codes when they install these systems. In factories and offices, they first place conduit (pipe or tubing) inside designated partitions, walls, or other concealed areas. They also fasten to the walls small metal or plastic boxes that will house electrical switches and outlets. They then pull insulated wires or cables through the conduit to complete circuits between these boxes. In lighter construction, such as residential, plastic-covered wire usually is used instead of conduit.

Electricians' work is sometimes strenuous. They bend conduit, stand for long periods, and frequently work on ladders and scaffolds. Their working environment varies, depending on the type of job. Some may work in dusty, dirty, hot, or wet conditions, or in confined areas, ditches, or other uncomfortable places. Electricians risk injury from electrical shock, falls, and cuts; to avoid injuries, they must follow strict safety procedures. Some electricians may have to travel great distances to jobsites.

Learn more about what working an electrician is like by visiting WECA's YouTube Channel and watching the "WECA Electrician Career" video.

 

Minimum Application Requirements

  1. Applicants must be at least 18 years old to apply. Proof required with the submittal of application
  2. Applicants must possess a High School Diploma or General Education Certificate (GED). Proof required with the submittal of application.

Entrance Qualifications/Testing

WECA ATC is an Equal Opportunity Organization. The recruitment, selection, employment and training of apprentices during their apprenticeship, shall be without discrimination because of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, or any other basis prohibited by applicable law.

All applicants that meet the application requirements are required to successfully pass the following:

  1. Color Identification Test
  • For the safety of yourself and others, it is necessary to ensure that you can correctly identify colors.
  1. Basic Skills Test
    1. Measurement
    2. Reading
    3. Arithmetic
  2. Multi-Craft Aptitude Test
  3. Oral Interview
    Prior to being scheduled for an interview, you should make sure that this trade is for you. If you aren't 100% sure that this is something that you will be committed to for at least 3-5 years (depending on the program you choose), there is no way for the interviewers to know either. If you have no doubt that this program is right for you, you need to be able to articulate your desire to be in this program during your interview. Learn more about a career as an electrician in Apprentice FAQs and by watching the WECA Electrician Job Preview video here. See Electrician Apprentice Job Description.
  4. Drug Test

Resources

To help you succeed:

WECA Apprenticeship Application Packets

Download and complete this apprenticeship application packet. Submit it and all required materials to WECA, following the submission instructions in the packet.