Electricians are an important component of the building trades, and the profession can be a worthwhile one to pursue for students interested in the skilled trades.
Have you wondered about how to become an electrician in Maryland but aren’t sure where to start? Are you interested in taking your first professional steps and pursuing a career in electrical technology?
If so, read on for information on our electrical technology classes, how to become an electrician in Baltimore, as well as what to expect from the electrician field.
Electrical Technology at North American Trade Schools
Our Electrical Technology program can be your first step toward one day becoming a trained electrician with the knowledge needed to excel in this essential field.
Whether you live in Woodlawn, Dundalk, Glen Burnie, Essex, Catonsville, Arbutus, Lansdowne, Columbia, Owings Mills, Towson or the surrounding areas, we can help you get the training you need at our Baltimore campus.
And for more information on how to become an electrician following graduation, give one of our admission representatives a call at (800) 638-5490 and we’ll be delighted to speak with you. You can also click a button below to get started online.
How to Become an Electrician
If you’re wondering about how to become an electrician in Maryland or many other states, there are a few key aspects to be aware of. Most electricians go through a combination of taking formal electrical technology courses like those at NATS followed by a two- to four-year apprenticeship. According to the BLS, many electrician apprentices must have at least 144 hours of classes as well as 2,000 hours of paid on-the-job training.
In terms of your education requirements, you’ll need to earn a high school diploma or a general equivalency diploma (GED) prior to entering a trade school.
As for your trade school coursework, your training should focus on:
- Blueprint reading
- Electrical code requirements
- Electrical theory
- How to utilize specialized equipment
- Safety and first aid
Additionally, traits you will want to develop that will help you in a career as an electrician if you choose to become one include:
- Having sound manual dexterity
- Being detail-oriented
- Having flexibility in job-related abilities
After completion of a trade school program, many students then advance on to working as an apprentice for a master or licensed electrician. During this time, you will earn the role of being a journeyman electrician. Consult electricians in your local area to find out more about apprenticeships.
Licensure and Certification
Finally, you’ll want to study the National Electrical Code in preparation for licensure in most states, as you will need to be able to show you have knowledge of relevant laws, regulations, and safety information. You can then advance on to becoming a licensed electrician.
Following licensure, you may want to get certified to increase your skillset, since certification not only makes you a more attractive hire, but it also helps qualify you for jobs like being an electrical administrator, a telecom contractor, or a specialist.
Our Electrical Technician School
You’ll be happy to know that our Electrical Technology program is just 39 weeks long, meaning you can get the essential training you need so you can begin your career sooner.
Our students gain valuable knowledge from electrical coursework, but we also assist you with job placement assistance following graduation. And if you’re concerned about paying for your education, we can help you find scholarships and other forms of funding via our financial aid office.
Put a Positive Charge in Your Training at NATS
As you continue to research information on how to become an electrician in Baltimore, give one of our admission representatives a call at (800) 638-5490.
We understand how important this decision is for you and we want to assure you we’re happy to address any concerns you may have. If you live in Baltimore, Dundalk, Glen Burnie, Essex, or the surrounding areas, contact us today to get started with your electrical technology training.
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