Working as an electrician can be one of the most rewarding careers out there. As far as working in the trades goes, electricians rank among the most complex and satisfying career paths that a person can take.
At Electrika, we are proud to be the only 100% residential-focused electrical company in Montreal and Laval. Our only focus is on serving the needs of our customers: homeowners all over the area! That’s why we make sure our best and brightest are properly trained and certified for the trade they work on. Our electricians of course are no different. If you’d like to know what it takes to become one of them, read on.
Starting Your Apprenticeship
When times are good, most companies will be looking for either licensed tradesmen or ones that are in their final year. Some employers might be will to take on someone “green” to start their apprenticeship. This means that they will be starting from scratch with no skills and will work under the supervision of a master electrician.
Acquiring the Diploma of vocational studies (DEP), which is a 1,800 hour long training program, is a requirement for entering the industry in Quebec.
Rewards From Hard Work And Dedication
Electricians can work in a variety of settings and can specialize their skillsets. Electrical work may be required in doors, outside on small to large sites, or within businesses and commercial or institutional worksites (electricians working with Electrika are exclusively residential-focused). What makes a well rounded electrician is the history of their work experience.
Typical tasks that an electrician will do in their day to day jobs include:
- Read blueprints or building plans to determine where wiring and electrical components go
- Install, maintain, and repair wiring, control, and lighting systems
- Test for electrical faults using various devices
- Repair or replace wiring, equipment, or fixtures using hand tools and power tools
Depending on who you work for, work sites can be remote are require long commutes, or they may even be in work-camps where you’ll stay and work on a rotation with extended time off.
Making Good Money
Obviously you won’t want to work for free, and when you first start out it may feel like you are. Starting wages for apprentice electricians are still decent, with most making $12-20/hour full time. The important part is that each year you’re employed, your skill set increases along with your wage.
Once you become a licensed journeyman you can expect that wage to jump drastically. The median wage for journeyperson electricians that work at least 500 hours is $63,800. The more experience you gain, the higher your compensation will be.
Multiple Career Paths
There are multiple career paths that electricians can take once they become a licensed journeyman. If they wish to stay within the electrical field, they can become foremen, superintendents, or even project managers. Other avenues open up such as electrical instrumentation or even electrical engineering. Without a doubt, electricians can count on a rewarding and highly complex career that is sure to keep them interested.