The Career Outlook Project
Career Outlook Project
Job Title and Job Description
Union electrician - major commercial projects
What are some related career opportunities and job titles in your company or in your career area?
An apprenticeship will prepare individuals for all types of work - commercial, residential, industrial, etc.
What new technology will be important?
What education or training did you have to prepare for this career?
Five year apprenticeship, which includes on the job and classroom training.
What education or training do you recommend for students today who want to enter this field?
Before entering an appenticeship, it is helpful to have a strong background in math, science, and reading. Shop courses are helpful, in familiarizing with tools, blueprints, and principles of elctricity.
When you were in high school, did you know that you would enter this field?
|Skills Used||Rating (5=Most Important thru|
|Artistic||Electricians draw layouts showing where wiring, applicances, etc. will go|
|Athletic / Physical||strenuous work|
|Bilingual||Helpful when dealing with tenants in apartment complexes|
|Coordination / Using Hands, Tools, and Equipment|
|Creative Thinking||Important for problemsolving and for coordinating the work of many trades people|
|Interpersonal||Interpersonal skills help you negotiate for good job assingments; and encourage teamwork on the job|
|Investigative / Fact Finding||Learn about technology|
|leadership and Supervising|
|Math||Apprenticeship courses use trigonometry, algebra, and physics. Electricians use high level applied math on the job.|
|Sales and Negotiation||These skills are helpful for negiating side work; and for working out scheduals with other trades|
|Scientific and Experimental||Develop new designs|
|Social Service / Helping Skills||Help coworkers, particularly new apprentices|
|Teaching / Instructing|
|Understanding Nature, Plants, Animals||Need to understand the weather; understand physics and spatial relationships|
Interview By: Electrician