The Difference Between an Apprentice and a Master Electrician
If you’ve ever placed a call to an electrician, you have probably heard the terms “apprentice, journeyman, master electrician”. Do you really know what they mean and what you’re getting when you are paying for such an expert? More importantly, are you paying for an expert but not getting one?
Let’s start from the top. Anyone performing electrical work in the state of Florida is required to have a Florida Electrical Contractor’s License. It is illegal to perform electrical work without a license. Additionally, the License should be easily found on your electrical contractor’s Website/Vehicle or listed at the BBB. Being an electrician is a very physical job and requires working in hot attics in the summer and cold warehouses during the winter. Additionally, work spaces can be very small and cramped and require hours of installation time in such conditions.
An electrical apprentice works directly under the supervision of a qualified journeyman electrician. There are several different associations in which an individual can seek a position as an electrician’s apprentice. As an apprentice, the individual will work during the day and attend an apprentice training program at night. After four years, he is eligible to take the Journeyman’s Electrical Exam, which is administered by individual states based on principles in the National Electric Code. Upon successful completion of the exam, the individual is certified as a journeyman electrician.
A journeyman is permitted to work unsupervised on any type of electrical system. He may install and repair wiring and conduit, install fixtures and equipment, or run power lines for municipal organizations. On the residential side, a journeyman electrician is permitted to perform all aspects of creating a complete electrical system in a home. The journeyman electrician may also train others, typically apprentices, working towards their own certification. While the journeyman is permitted to perform a broad range of tasks, he or she is not permitted to obtain electrical permits or complete design work for electrical systems.
Master electricians are the elite of a highly skilled trade and usually work as supervisors or own their own contracting businesses. They are responsible for installing and maintaining the complex circuitry and wiring that brings power to the many electrical devices we use every day in homes, offices and factories. To continue onto becoming a master electrician, a journeyman electrician must gain two additional years or work experience, then sit for the Master’s Certification Exam. State requirements vary, but in order to be eligible to take the exam for a master electrician, either seven years of experience or a college degree is required. Make sure you know who is coming to your home! Check out the BBB
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