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Careers in the Electrician Field

September 28th, 2021

Electrician performing repairs at construction site

Choosing a career as an electrician is the start of a fascinating, stable, and lucrative career path. Electricians have a variety of options with multiple choices for a future career path. We help students and alumni plan for trade careers after graduation. Learn more about our lifetime career services in NJ & PA at Pennco Tech.

The opportunity for growth and advancement are critical elements of a rewarding career. There are many options and possibilities for advancement in this skilled trade, making a career as an electrician an opportunity worth considering. With the proper training and skills, as an electrician, you won’t be stuck in the same routine for your entire career, and you will have many options for a rewarding career.

Residential and Commercial Electricians

As an electrician, you will be a skilled tradesperson who designs, installs, maintains, and repairs electrical systems in businesses, factories, multi-family residential units, and single-family homes. Electricians work outside and inside buildings to ensure lights, appliances, and industrial equipment function safely and reliably.

Many electricians specialize in specific applications, such as residential or commercial electricians. For example, residential electricians may find themselves installing wiring and solving electrical problems. In contrast, a commercial electrician typically performs new construction or installs lighting, receptacles, control systems, motors, transformers, generators, and other electrical equipment in businesses and factories. Thus, the specific job responsibilities for each may vary significantly.

Master Electrician

With enough experience under the supervision of a master electrician, you can become a licensed master electrician yourself. A master electrician has extensive knowledge in all aspects of the field and a thorough understanding of electrical codes.

A master electrician is specially licensed, can pull permits, work unsupervised, and train and supervise other electricians. In addition, as a master electrician, you will have a broader range of opportunities offering increased wages to go with your experience.

The requirements for taking your master’s electrician exam vary from state to state.

Electrical Contractor

If you have ever considered being in business for yourself, a career as an electrician is the first step to being an electrical contractor. Most states have specific licensing for electrical contractors, which is a position that enables you to start an electrical contracting business and hire other electricians to work for you.

The regulations for electrical contractors vary among states. In some, you need to have a master electrician on staff, while others only require a contractor’s license. Typically, as an electrical contractor, you will also be required to maintain a certain level of insurance.

Solar Photovoltaic Technician

A solar photovoltaic technician is an electrician that works in the solar energy industry. Solar energy has been around for decades, but advancements in technology have made solar power the fastest-growing source of new energy. As a solar photovoltaic technician, you will be working with photovoltaic panels, which convert sunlight into electricity.

Photovoltaic panels are installed on residential and commercial buildings. The latest technology incorporates them into roof tiles and shingles, enabling homes to create a mini micro-grid and produce electricity. In commercial applications, thousands of photovoltaic panels are installed at ground level. These massive installations are known as solar fields or farms and generate enough electricity to sell to large businesses or utility companies.

Start Your Career as an Electrician With Pennco Tech

A career as an electrician offers a wide range of opportunities for growth and advancement. Electricians are in demand as the industry is growing at a much faster rate than most other occupations. Increased construction and the demand for renewable energy sources promises to drive the demand for electricians.

The first step to achieving your goals for the future is to get the training and build the networking opportunities you need to succeed. At Pennco Tech, we’ve been helping students achieve their career goals since 1973.Contact us today to learn more about how our electrician program can give you the skills and knowledge needed to quickly prepare you for a fulfilling and rewarding career.

‘I got it!!!!!I got it!’, Anthony said as he raced into the Career Services Office. He was talking about his new job. Hired by a former graduate of Pennco Tech, Anthony will begin his new career with a two-day OSHA training course.

Anthony Z. - Air Conditioning/Heating Graduate

I enjoyed all my teachers. They made it interesting and challenging. I enjoyed going back to school at the age of 48! Career Services was a big help to me. Danielle was great. She helped me with my resume and showed me how to apply. I got the job with Dietz and Watson! Pennco Tech was the right choice for me as I get ready to start my career.

Mark E. - Electrician Graduate

I just wanted to say thank you again for all your help…I just got a full time job at Kennedy Healthcare in Stratford, NJ as a Patient Services Representative. Thank you again.

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