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Construction Electricians

Construction electricians install, connect, test, and maintain electrical systems for a variety of purposes, including climate control, security, and communications in office buildings, homes, schools, stores, factories, hospitals, and other structures where electrical power is used. They may also install and maintain the electronic controls for machines in business and industry. Although most electricians specialize in either construction or maintenance, a growing number do both.

Entry Requirements

Most construction electricians learn their trade through a 4- or 5-year apprenticeship program. Some learn their skills informally, on the job, working as helpers for experienced electricians. Many helpers supplement this training with trade school or correspondence courses. Most localities require electricians to be licensed. Construction electricians generally must pass an examination that tests their knowledge of electrical theory, the National Electrical Code, and local electric and building codes.

Average salary is $49,500 a year.

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