I am a Master electrician in Texas. Here is the best way to become an electrician:
You need to join an apprenticeship program and here is why, In the field you will only learn "how to" do electrical work. How to install a light, how to install a plug and so on. You rarely learn the technical side of the electrical field. For example Wire Sizing, Motor calculations, what size service does this house need, and more. These are the type of skills you learn in a classroom setting. In the field there is just not enough time to teach these things because most jobs are on a schedule to get done. Search on the IEC (Independent Electrical Contractors) for Electrical Contractors who are participate in IEC. Here are some Huge befits!
#1- If you are in the apprenticeship program and you are let go due to cut backs, IEC will place you into another company. You do not have to worry about applying some where else.
#2 - You are advancing in your career. Here I actually try to fill my staffing needs head hunting people who are in the program. They curriculum is second to none.
You can find an IEC in your region HERE.
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