Whether you’re a high school graduate looking enter the workforce having mastered an in-demand skill, or just looking for a lucrative career change, becoming a journeyman electrician could be a great option for you. This career is ideally suited for detail-oriented individuals who enjoy the challenge of understanding electricity and how to maintain the power systems that make our everyday lives safer and more comfortable. Offering competitive salaries, the ability to work for yourself and the job security that comes with a unique skill, here are the three steps you’ll need to take to achieve your journeyman electrician career goals.

Step 1: Learn about the Different Types of Electrician Careers

Within the electrical field, there are a number of career paths you can take on, with varying work environments including residential, commercial and industrial settings. Below, we’ve outlined brief descriptions of different types of electricians and their day-to-day duties.

Residential electricians work in private homes and multi-family units installing electrical systems and wiring in new houses, as well as maintaining wiring in older homes. This involves in-depth knowledge of state and local electrical codes to ensure compliance. Many journeymen electricians begin their careers as residential wiremen.

Inside wiremen work on commercial buildings or industrial infrastructure, and their duties can include setting up temporary power sources during construction, installing new wiring, and installing power and HVAC systems, amongst others.

Telecommunication technicians are in charge of installing the low-voltage wiring inside a building, as well as security and access control systems. These technicians often work side by side with inside wiremen.

Outside linemen are the highly in demand electricians who install and maintain the distribution lines that deliver power to all of the buildings and houses in an area. These skilled electricians work on under and aboveground power systems and utility poles.

Step 2: Find an Electrical Training and Apprenticeship Program

To become a journeyman electrician, you must first complete an electrical apprenticeship with a reputable organization. This will give you the hands-on experience you need to pass your state’s licensing test and set you up for a successful career. While you can choose to find an apprenticeship on your own, going through an electrician training school is often the best option available since you’re guaranteed to be working with knowledgeable companies. However, as with any career training program, not all courses are created equal and landing a great apprenticeship means finding an electrical program that’s ideally suited for you.

Offered in partnership with the Florida Electrical Association for more than 20 years, the 4-year Electrical Apprenticeship program at Marion Technical College (MTC) pairs classroom learning with a 40-hour a week on-the-job training program. Through firsthand learning experiences, you’ll be covering everything you need to know for your future success, including residential, commercial and industrial electricity, as well as motor control and project management.

Step 3: Take Your State’s Licensing Test

They say hard work pays off, and this is especially true for students who successfully complete the Electrical Apprenticeship program at Marion Technical College. Upon finishing your on-the-job training, you will be eligible to take and pass the Florida Journeyman Electrician Licensing Exam and begin your career as a skilled player in your field.

If you’re ready to take the first step towards a brighter future, Marion Technical College is currently accepting applications for our September 2016 class. Contact Gary Crandon at 352-873-8400 to receive an application, which will be due by August 1, though applications are accepted until the class is full.