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What is an Electrician?

The dictionary generally defines an electrician as a tradesperson who installs and maintains electrical systems in homes, businesses, and factories. At first glance, this might sound like a simple job, but you’ll find that it’s really quite complicated when you take a closer look.

On most projects, the electrician is responsible for getting the electricity from the source to where it is needed in various parts of the building. To achieve this without endangering the public, he or she must have a good working knowledge of the relevant electric codes as well as the ability to translate the electrical systems from the blueprints into actual practice.

Without electricians, there would be no lights, telephones, computers, or televisions plugged into our walls. Electricians also repair all electric machines and work in factories fixing motors, generators, and robots. Could you imagine what life would be like without electricians insuring we have all the comforts and benefits that electricity provides?

Although most electricians learn through a formal apprenticeship, some start out by attending a technical school. Most states require licensure.

Learn more about a career in electrical and how to get started by following the links on the right.