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Considering Electrician Courses? Test Yourself on These Top Myths

Dec 29, 2021 2:04:10 PM

 

Thinking of beginning electrician courses? Getting ready to upgrade your skills or switch career paths?

Your first step will likely be a pre-apprenticeship program, where you'll learn the theory and practical skills needed to excel in an electrician apprenticeship.

An important part of that training will be learning how electrical systems actually work, how to perform troubleshooting and maintenance, and how to stay safe when carrying out installations and repairs.

Get a head start by testing yourself on these seven very common electricity myths. Which of these misconceptions have you bought into over the years?

Should You Become an Electrician? Top Pros & Cons

May 1, 2020 9:50:03 AM

Updated June, 2021

Good electricians will always be in demand. Talented sparkies are respected for their intelligence, problem-solving abilities, and technical knowledge.

However, it takes several years of training and hard work to become an electrician. And life on-the-job isn't always easy.

Do you have what it takes? Is this the right trades career for you? 

In this post we put together the most common pros and cons of becoming an electrician.  Salaryworking conditionscertification requirementsjob safety, cost of training—we cover it all. 

Find out if electrician is a good fit for you, and what steps to take next. 

Should You Become a Plumber or an Electrician? 7 Points to Consider

Oct 10, 2019 2:40:09 PM

Pre-apprenticeship students in class at Herzing College (2019)

HVAC versus Electrician: Which Skilled Trade is Better for You?

Jul 11, 2019 12:13:59 PM

If you look at skilled trade forums and discussion groups online, you'll often see debate over HVAC and electrician—and which career path is better.

It's not than one trade is actually superior to the other. It's more that they're both very popular...so students often have a hard time deciding which path to pursue.

In this post, we're breaking down the benefits of both trades. To help you make a smart decision, we'll look at training, key skills, job outlook, and typical pros and cons of HVAC and electrician work.

In the end, it will come down to which field you're more passionate about. But we're hoping this information helps clarify a few things. Let's get started.

Would You Make a Good Electrician? 7 Questions to Consider

Mar 1, 2019 9:38:56 AM

You've heard that electricians make a good salary, and enjoy steady demand in Ontario. You've looked into some trades programs, and think electrician could be a good fit for you.

What Are Your Career Options as an Electrician?

Jan 29, 2019 1:59:47 PM

Photo: Electrician students at Herzing College in Toronto (2019)

Updated June, 2021.

Exactly what kinds of work or areas of specialty can you purse after electrician training? Is there more to this trade than routine wiring installation and repairs?

Absolutely. After you've completed electrician training, there are a wide range of career paths open to you. It all depends on your individual strengths, preferences, and career goals.

What kind of environment do you want to work in? Are you fixed on avoiding outdoor work? Are you especially interested in electronics, computers, renewable energy, or telecommunications?

In this post, we're comparing electrician career paths to help you see what's out there.

Certain paths require additional training. Others are directly related to the skills you'll learn in a typical construction and maintenance electrician program.

Here's a look at some of your top options, plus some helpful information on training.

How Do You Become an Electrician Apprentice in Ontario?

Dec 28, 2018 11:35:55 AM

Updated June, 2021.

Planning to become an electrician apprentice in Ontario? You'll need to follow a specific set of steps from total beginner to licensed journeyperson.

Those steps usually start with some kind of pre-apprenticeship electrician training. This is followed by a mandatory apprenticeship with a licensed electrician.

Once your electrician apprenticeship is complete, you can challenge the certification exam. Pass the exam, and you can get registered as a licensed journeyperson in the trade.

How long do all these steps take? And what kinds of tasks will you perform as an electrician apprentice?

In this post, we break down the training and certification process, including typical tasks for beginner electricians.

Here's how you become an electrician apprentice (and ultimately a licensed electrician) in Ontario.

How Much Math do You Need to Become an Electrician?

Nov 29, 2018 11:06:11 AM

Updated June, 2021.

"So, how much math do I really need to know to become an electrician?" We get this question all the time, when we're interviewing applicants for electrician training.

Many students who are considering electrician training feel insecure about their math skills.

And it's no surprise, given the huge number of students who struggle with math in Ontario (and across Canada).

The Globe and Mail recently ran a story on how elementary students' math scores in Ontario have reached a record low.

Less than half of the province's Grade 6 students met the current standard for math performance—the worst result in years.

For most of these kids, problems with math will only get worse in high school, as the level of difficulty increases.

By the time graduation rolls around, many are totally "done" with math. They never want to see another algebraic equation or geometry question as long as they live!

Sound familiar? Have you heard that electricians use a lot of math on the job, and figure you shouldn't even bother considering this trade?

Before you make up your mind, first understand how electricians actually use math. Take a look at some common applications of math in day-to-day electrical work.

7 Excellent Reasons to Choose Electrician Training

Nov 7, 2018 5:32:39 PM

Updated May 2021.

Think you'd like to learn a skilled trade and leaning toward becoming an electrician? How can you be sure this career is right for you? 

There are a few obvious things to consider when making your decision.

There's your natural interests—you want to choose a trade that genuinely appeals to you.

And there's the practical side—what you'd actually be good at, given your temperament and raw talents.

And then there are factors like demand for the trade where you live, salary, and employment options.

In this post, we make it easy for you to decide.

We rounded up all the best reasons to choose an electrician career. Find out why electrician is such a popular trade and how to get started with training.

8 Things You Didn't Know About Becoming an Electrician

Aug 14, 2018 8:18:21 AM

 

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