How to Become a Journeyman Electrician

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A journeyman electrician, sometimes referred to as a mechanic electrician, is an electrician who has completed the necessary apprenticeship to handle certain electrical jobs. Licensing requirements are usually determined by local building officials. Journeymen electricians need to be able to install lighting and wiring systems, and know how to test various electrical systems.

Things You'll Need

  • High school diploma
  • Complete high school. Take classes in mathematics, electronics, shop and science. These will be useful as you complete your apprenticeship.

  • Complete an apprenticeship. Contact the National Apprenticeship and Training Committee or the National Electrical Contractors' Association (see Resources). Generally speaking, these courses include approximately 144 hours of instruction along with 8,000 hours of hands-on experience. These courses usually last between four to five years.

  • Take and pass your licensing examination. Most states require that journeyman electricians be certified. The exam usually covers building codes and the national electrical code.

Tips & Warnings

  • Consider joining the Armed Forces, as it often provides excellent electrician training programs.
  • It can take a while to complete the apprenticeship required for licensing, so keep that in mind when planning a career as a journeyman.

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