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Job Title and Job Description

Electrician 

Union electrician - major commercial projects

What are some related career opportunities and job titles in your company or in your career area?

An apprenticeship will prepare individuals for all types of work - commercial, residential, industrial, etc.

What new technology will be important?

Telecommunications ...

What education or training did you have to prepare for this career?

Five year apprenticeship, which includes on the job and classroom training.     

What education or training do you recommend for students today who want to enter this field?

Before entering an appenticeship, it is helpful to have a strong background in math, science, and reading. Shop courses are helpful, in familiarizing with tools, blueprints, and principles of elctricity.     

When you were in high school, did you know that you would enter this field?

Skills Profile

Skills UsedRating (5=Most Important thru
1=Not Important)
Comments

Artistic 4-Very Important4-Very Important4-Very Important4-Very ImportantElectricians draw layouts showing where wiring, applicances, etc. will go      
Athletic / Physical 5-Most Important5-Most Important5-Most Important5-Most Important5-Most Importantstrenuous work      
Bilingual 2-Less Important2-Less ImportantHelpful when dealing with tenants in apartment complexes      
Computer Technology 4-Very Important4-Very Important4-Very Important4-Very Important      
Coordination / Using Hands, Tools, and Equipment 5-Most Important5-Most Important5-Most Important5-Most Important5-Most Important      
Creative Thinking 5-Most Important5-Most Important5-Most Important5-Most Important5-Most ImportantImportant for problemsolving and for coordinating the work of many trades people      
Interpersonal 5-Most Important5-Most Important5-Most Important5-Most Important5-Most ImportantInterpersonal skills help you negotiate for good job assingments; and encourage teamwork on the job      
Investigative / Fact Finding 5-Most Important5-Most Important5-Most Important5-Most Important5-Most ImportantLearn about technology      
leadership and Supervising 5-Most Important5-Most Important5-Most Important5-Most Important5-Most Important      
Logical Thinking 5-Most Important5-Most Important5-Most Important5-Most Important5-Most Important      
Math 5-Most Important5-Most Important5-Most Important5-Most Important5-Most ImportantApprenticeship courses use trigonometry, algebra, and physics. Electricians use high level applied math on the job.      
Mechanical Understanding 5-Most Important5-Most Important5-Most Important5-Most Important5-Most Important      
Sales and Negotiation 3-Somewhat Important3-Somewhat Important3-Somewhat ImportantThese skills are helpful for negiating side work; and for working out scheduals with other trades      
Scientific and Experimental 5-Most Important5-Most Important5-Most Important5-Most Important5-Most ImportantDevelop new designs      
Social Service / Helping Skills 4-Very Important4-Very Important4-Very Important4-Very ImportantHelp coworkers, particularly new apprentices      
Teaching / Instructing 5-Most Important5-Most Important5-Most Important5-Most Important5-Most Important      
Verbal Communication 4-Very Important4-Very Important4-Very Important4-Very Important      
Understanding Nature, Plants, Animals 5-Most Important5-Most Important5-Most Important5-Most Important5-Most ImportantNeed to understand the weather; understand physics and spatial relationships      
Understanding Yourself 4-Very Important4-Very Important4-Very Important4-Very Important      
Writing 4-Very Important4-Very Important4-Very Important4-Very Important      
 

Interview By: Electrician