Becoming an Electrician


Choosing a career is a daunting task for most people. There are so many different options to choose from. With hundreds of trades to choose from, there are rewarding jobs out there for anyone who is willing to work for one. You can decide to hit the books and become a lawyer, or teacher and have a successful career. Or, you can choose a more hands on job. Using your skilled hands and constructive mind to earn a living is a very reputable job and can truly be rather rewarding.

If you would like to find a job that is both hands on, and allows you to help others, becoming an Electrician may be just the thing for you. The requirements are few, but the dedication is the most important part of the equation. If you have a high school diploma, or GED, you are eligible to begin the training process. If you do not have either of those documentations, you will need to complete your GED before beginning trade school. While all of your book smarts won’t pay off in your job as an electrician, mathematical equations will. You will need math for measurements and it will help you immensely in different areas at work.

Completing Schooling
Upon deciding to become a general electrician, there are two separate courses you can take that will help in your journey. A trade school, or vocational school will set you alongside your peers in a challenging working environment. You will be taught by a teacher, and learn a set of ideas and terminology. At the end of the program, you will earn a certificate that highlights your progress in the program. This is generally quicker than joining an apprenticeship program.

If you are motivated, and strive to succeed in the programs, you will do well. Push yourself to experience new things and eventually you will be on your way to becoming a general electrician. As you begin to become more comfortable with the schooling process, you will find your style. Once you know what’s right for you, things should begin to flow more easily.

Choosing to join an apprenticeship program sets you alongside established contractors on real job locations. This helpful program also has class room settings that teach algebra and other mental features of the trade. This can help you get authentic hands on experience in addition to classroom knowledge. These apprenticeship programs generally take about 4 years to complete. There are quite a few programs in Plano, Garland and Rowlett. The Texas towns are plentiful in experienced electricians that can use the help of an eager apprentice.


Always in Need

In this troubling and failing economy, it is rather difficult to find a job that will provide for you and your family. Money just does not seem to stretch as far as it used to, and families still need to be provided for. With machines replacing a good percentage of human laborers, it can make people a bit worried when they are searching for a viable career. Fortunately, there is still one category of labor that thrives off of warm blooded, human workers.

With millions of structures being built year round, this busy planet produces quite a bit of work. Whether it is business related, or residential, once structures are built, they need to be tended to. There will always be a vast need for skilled electricians. In general electricians are vital in constructing both the inside and outside of houses and businesses. They provide electrical telephone wiring, construct lighting systems and install appliances. Depending on your skill level, you will learn to do everything from fixing a faulty wire, to installing fresh, new, media room wiring.

Once the outside of the house is ready to be worked on, there is even more for the willing electrician to do. If you feel confident installing wiring inside, venture into the great outdoors and install professional landscape lighting. Soon, it is time to move onto the pool. Wade on in and show off your lighting experience by installing beautiful, bright fiber-optic pool lighting. The excited home owners will be thrilled with the excellent craftsmanship and generous work you put into their new home. They may even offer to use you for future services.

People Skills
In addition to being a reliable and educated worker, you should also learn to develop positive people skills. Residential electricians are skilled at helping people through their common house problems. You should also be prepared to engage in casual and polite conversation with your customers. Your goal is always to maintain customer relationships, in hopes of them calling you back for more work. Be sure to have a calm facade, so that the customer is confident you know what you are doing. When they feel like you can fix their wiring with no problem, it takes a load off of their shoulders. Remember to be polite at all times, and clean up after yourself. No one likes to clean up a mess if they are already paying for your work. Remembering these small tips will help you gain respect and admiration among your clients.

Once you build up clientele, have each customer write up a review or testimonial of your work. Carry these testimonials around with you and show them to potential customers. The word of mouth method should help you gain more jobs around the community. As your prospects improve, your confidence will grow.

Enjoy Your New Career
If you utilize your established electrician skills to the fullest, and remember to be courteous, your reputation is sure to flower. With new opportunities available for work, your job as a general electrician should keep a steady paycheck in your mailbox. This is one job that will help provide easily for your family, with your hard work of course. Be sure to continuously work on your electrician skills to stay up to date with current housing qualifications. With plenty of dedication and respect, your job as an electrician is sure to be a lifelong skill!

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Morgan Crawford
Morgan Crawford

5 out of 5 stars

posted 2 weeks ago

I used Barney's Electric to update old light fixtures / install new light fixtures at my house. Barney's Electric is hands down the best electric company to hire! The technicians are so unbelievable professional, knowledgeable and helpful!! I was very pleased with the electrical services they provided and how fast they were able to come out. They absolutely take care of every customer job, LARGE or SMALL. I will call them every time I need an electrical job done.

Cale Watts
Cale Watts

5 out of 5 stars

posted 5 months ago

I submitted an online request at 9pm one evening for some electrical work I needed on a newly constructed patio cover. Barney called me around 7:30am the following morning! Now that's a fast response time! The work needed to be completed asap and had to be coordinated with my builder. They coordinated perfectly with my builder's schedule. They got the work done fast. And this was all done with very short notice!  They were prompt, professional, courteous, and very informative. They even gave me free advice on a non-related issue that is going to save me hundreds of dollars. They did excellent work and cleaned up afterward! I will definitely be using them on other properties and upcoming projects in the near future.  I highly recommend Barney's Electric! 


Linda Brown
Linda Brown

5 out of 5 stars

posted 2 months ago

Very happy with his business. Came on time and finished in a timely manner. Will certainly use him again.