An apprentice electrician will work with a licensed electrician and will perform any duties that are instructed. The apprentice will help the licensed electrician to install and maintain electrical systems. When repairs are needed, the apprentice will carry these out. The electrician will install wiring and will measure, cut, and manipulate the wiring to fit a certain context, such as receptacles, switches, transformers, or distribution boxes.
The apprentice may also be involved in answering emergency calls, so it is extremely important to be able to work under pressure while observing the necessary safety procedures. The work done may be in a commercial or residential environment. It is important to be able to use hand and power tools in order to perform the duties of this job. Safety rules should be observed, as relating to company policy or general regulations. Strong communication skills are important, in order to work well with other electricians and to maintain good safety practices. After performing a job, the apprentice electrician will be expected to clean up the area where work had been done, so as to leave it as it had looked prior to performing any work.
An apprentice electrician will use this job as a stepping stone to becoming a licensed electrician. To become an apprentice, it is important to be currently enrolled in an apprentice program at an electrical school. Generally, a minimum of a high school diploma is needed. Training at a vocational school is often required. Minimum physical requirements may be tested prior to becoming an apprentice, such as heavy lifting, climbing, walking and standing.
Apprentice Electrician Tasks
Assist in wire pulls.
Handle and install materials under supervision of an assigned electrician.
Accurately identify colors of wire and conductors.
Mount and install assigned work, conduit, wires and strapping.
Keep all materials, tools and equipment, in an orderly fashion and maintain a clean work area at all times.