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Electrician Jobs in Reading MA

There are many different opportunities when it comes to pursuing a career in the trades but it’s hard to beat the possibilities when it comes to being an electrician.

You get to be in demand in a field that’s growing exponentially and you get to work on vital, complex systems that will constantly challenge you. You also get to work in Reading, which is a town we’ve been servicing for decades.

The field is also full of growth possibilities so that’s yet another set of opportunities. It’s a lot to unpack, so let’s explore the path to becoming an electrician and some of the things you’ll have to do along the way.

Education – GED or High School

Given what we’ve just described, you’d think the educational process to become an electrician would be expensive, labored, and long. Wrong. All you need to start is a high school diploma, and you can even get by with a GED. You’ll need to remember what you learned when you went to high school though, especially when it comes to algebra, math, and physics.

You’ll be using all those things during your training and on the job so you may want to go back and brush up if you weren’t paying close attention.

The Next Step: Associate Degree, Tech School, or Vocational Classes

The next step in the education process is where things get interesting. You can take classes to become an electrician in a vocational school which is a perfectly valid path to pursue to get into the profession. Or you can go a different route. Specifically, many excellent tech schools have sprung up to compensate for the shortage of electricians that’s currently plaguing most areas and those may be more focused.

You can also get an associate degree. Once again, community colleges and their regular brethren are starting to offer these kinds of degrees specifically for would-be electricians and while the names of the degrees themselves may differ, the goal is to get you a step closer to a job in the field.

Apprenticeship

Regardless of which kind of program you choose, the idea behind all of this schooling is to get you into an apprenticeship. This gives you the hands-on training you need and it may also give you a mentor with whom you can work. Rest assured, that mentor will definitely put you to work. The early training that comes with an electrician apprenticeship is known for being hands on and physical, to the point where you’ll find yourself doing things like cleaning up job sites, digging trenches, and stripping wiring.

It’ll all be worth it, though. The payoff is that, once you advance beyond that, you’ll spend thousands of hours (an average of 8,000 hours, actually) learning all of the fascinating things you’ll need to know how to do the job. That learning will feature more classroom training, too. The idea is to get you ready to pass the tests that will get you licensed and, when you do that, you’ll have the world at your feet when it comes to professional opportunities.

So what does that mean, exactly?

The average annual salary for an electrician starts at just under $60K but that’s just the beginning. If you want to bypass the ordinary work and get into management, you can keep learning and growing to become a journeyman electrician, at which point another set of opportunities will start to emerge but your salary will increase.

Services You’ll Be Performing

In the beginning, most of what you’re doing will be fairly basic. Once you get past ditch digging and wire stripping, you’ll help your customers fix/upgrade their equipment and service their household wiring systems. You’ll also be able to work on commercial systems which is another level of professional growth entirely. These systems can be complex and intricate, so you’ll be employing all the skills you learned back when you were an apprentice.

Then there’s becoming a master electrician. That’s the highest-pair rank and title in this particular job category and many of those who attain it go on to establish their own businesses. However, there are plenty of other possibilities at this level including designing complex systems and project management. Many master electricians go on to earn their engineering degrees in order to pursue a more specialized path.

As you’ve probably realized by now, the growth potential is enormous and it’s likely to stay that way. The shortage of qualified electricians seems unlikely to be alleviated anytime soon and most job projections forecast a growth rate of about 10%. This means you’ll be able to pick and choose the jobs you take on as you continue to build your skill set.

When conducting your job search, it’s important to make sure that the goals and mission statement of the company align with your own.

Why Work For Us?

When you begin your job search, make sure you focus on 128 Plumbing, Heating, Cooling, & Electric. We can offer you an excellent salary, a great benefits package, and plenty of opportunities for professional growth.

If you come to work for us, you’ll be working with other high-level professionals who share your dedication and devotion to excellence. You’ll also be working in an inclusive, supportive environment that with empower your success.

To get the ball rolling, take the first step and submit your application. We’ll reach out to you quickly to see if we’re a match!