Electrical apprentices assist and learn from trained electricians. Their duties include measuring, cutting and bending wire; maintaining tools and equipment; examining electrical units; drilling; and digging holes and trenches. They also conduct installation and maintenance for various electrical systems, break up concrete and clear out materials, solder connections, and handle positioning equipment, constructing controllers, and panels. They may also operate welding equipment.
Electrical apprentices may work indoors and/or outdoors depending on the needs of their employer. They are typically employed by electric companies, construction companies, and independent companies that contract workers. These apprentices usually work with at least one electrician, as well as their supervisors. Their clientele may include homeowners, business owners, and others. This position may be part time or full time, with overtime potentially required depending on the needs of the employer, and some companies may require electrical apprentices to travel to work sites.
Requirements for this career generally include at least a high school diploma or equivalent, as well as relevant trade certification. Some skills needed by electrical apprentices include troubleshooting, communication, and critical thinking skills. These individuals should also have the ability to repair equipment and machinery, work with the equipment, and properly install and repair equipment.
Electrical Apprentice Tasks
Prepare and run string wiring.
Work safely around the ground mount structure and panels to prepare wire stripping, and connecting and run wiring.
Perform all live electrical work.