s a master electrician, you'll have the opportunity to earn more money and take on more job responsibility than you would as an electrician.
This position has more extensive training and is qualified to work as an electrical contractor or hold a supervisory position within a company.
It isn't required to have a college degree to become a master electrician, but many people choose to obtain one. An Associate's Degree is sufficient to meet the educational requirements to become licensed, but many electricians today are opting to go for Bachelor's Degrees or even more.
At the very least, a certain amount of classroom study is needed whether it is for college credit or not. In addition, many hours must be spent on the job learning new skills through hands-on training. You can expect to spend from five to seven years in training. This training will be paid in the form of an apprenticeship and your salary and responsibilities will increase as you learn new skills.
The exact requirements vary from state to state so it is important to learn your State License Requirements and regulations so you choose the right educational path.
Typically you are eligible if you meet one of the following:
1. Successfully complete the standard approved four year electrician apprenticeship and one additional year of on-the-job training. You will need to provide the certificate of completion for the apprenticeship and a certification from your employer attesting to the additional year of training.
2. Obtain a Bachelor's Degree in the field of electrical engineering as well as two years of hands-on-training. A copy of your degree and a certification from your employer will be required.
3. If you have been working in the field as an electrical contractor for at least five years you can apply to take the master electrician exam as long as you provide proof of hands-on experience.
Once you have met one of the three requirements above, or a different requirement as outlined by your state, you can sit for the master's electrical exam. Like other electrician exams, this one is intense and many people do not pass on the first time. Practical experience alone doesn't prepare you well enough. It is recommended that you take a refresher course right before you take the exam. That way, you will have the relevant information fresh in your mind on the day of the test.
The licensing tests are administered by independent testing companies at locations all around the country. Getting a license in your state doesn't necessarily mean you can work in a different state though. Not all states have reciprocity so you may have to re-take the test when you move. An exam prep course would be ideal in that situation so you could quickly get test-ready once again.
A career as a master electrician is a great way to secure a good future for you and your family. You'll enjoy a fulfilling and rewarding career that has the potential for job diversity, plus you'll have job security and good wages.