Are you interested in becoming an electrician but not sure the best way to train for this trade?
There are a few options! Here’s what you can expect to find out in this article:
- Explaining trade schools and apprenticeships.
- What an electrician does.
- How long it takes to complete the Electrical Applications program at Tulsa Welding School.
- Whether electricians are in demand.
How Do I Become an Electrician in Houston?
You have two main options to become an electrician in Houston.
You can start by graduating from a trade school or skip trade school and go directly into an apprenticeship. While starting an apprenticeship may sound like the quicker option, a trade school offers a complete curriculum and allows you to make mistakes as you learn the trade.
As an apprentice, you may be stuck only working on one electrical system, but enrolling in a trade school offers a complete training program in both residential and commercial electrical systems.
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In Houston, you have many opportunities to train to become an electrician, and one of the best ways is by attending Tulsa Welding School. Not only will you learn about basic electricity and advanced commercial wiring, but you will put your knowledge to the test in our workshops working on actual electrical components, wiring, motors, and lighting.
Our Electrical Applications program is taught in small classes so that you receive one-on-one attention from industry experienced instructors.
Instructors will help you build your confidence in working with electrical systems. We also have a Career Services team that will help you find job opportunities after graduation.
What Does an Electrician Do?
Electricians install, maintain, and repair electrical power, communications, lighting, and control systems in homes and commercial buildings.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, electricians typically do the following:
- Read blueprints and interpret technical diagrams.
- Install and maintain electrical wiring, control, and lighting systems.
- Inspect electrical components, such as transformers and circuit breakers.
- Identify electrical problems using testing devices.
- Repair or replace wiring, equipment, or fixtures.
- Follow state and local building regulations based on the National Electrical Code.
How Long Does it Take to Become an Electrician in Houston?
The Electrical Applications program at our Jacksonville, Florida, Tulsa, Oklahoma, and Houston, Texas, campuses can be completed in as little as seven months, with classes available in the following:
- Fundamentals of Electricity
- Fundamentals of Solar
- Electrical Wiring – Residential and Commercial
- Advanced Commercial Wiring
- Motors and Lighting Practices
- Electrical Distribution Systems
Are Electricians in Houston in Demand?
Employment of electricians in Houston is projected to grow 27% through 2030, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.*
With the baby boomer generation reaching retirement age, many electricians are ready to retire from the industry.
This is great news for those graduates of electrician programs as new opportunities are available for you to get your foot in the door within the electrical industry.
Plus, with the increase in technology, more residential and commercial buildings require the knowledge and experience of a trained electrician to set up these new technologies.
Are There Any Electrician Associations in Houston?
There are many opportunities to network and join electrician associations. Two of the electrician associations in Houston include:
National Electrical Contractors Association
The Southeast Texas Chapter of the National Electrical Contractors Association represents the region’s leading electrical contracting firms in Houston.
Powering Coastal Texas represents members of NECA, the National Electrical Contractors Association. PCT offers an electrician contractors directory of the NECA members in Houston.
Independent Electrical Contractor (IEC)
The Independent Electrical Contractor (IEC) Texas Gulf Coast Chapter is an association that seeks to help electrical contractors remain independent if they want to.
Want to Learn More?
Ready to become an electrician and start a rewarding career? You can start by contacting one of the TWS team members to learn more about the Electrical Application program. We can answer any questions you have. Call (855) 806-4921 today to get started.
The path to becoming an electrician is in your grasp. Learn about how to become an electrician apprentice in Houston.
*According to BLS data Texas employed 31,060 Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers (499021) through May 2021. http://data.bls.gov/oes.