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An electrician is a tradesperson specializing in electrical wiring of buildings, stationary machines, and related equipment. Electricians may be employed in the installation of new electrical components or the maintenance and repair of existing electrical infrastructure. Electricians may also specialize in wiring ships, airplanes, and other mobile platforms, as well as data and cable.

Local Professional Profile: $32/hour (average entry level wage)

ERIC FITZGERALD - Electric Journeyman at Bear River Electric

ERIC FITZGERALD – Electric Journeyman at Bear River Electric

“What’s important about working in Northern Michigan to
me is the fact that work is so readily available here. When I
graduated in Saginaw, the recession had bottomed out, and
moving here had given me an opportunity that I may not
have had. There’s a lot of new construction here and the
economy is growing significantly.”


    – Examine and interpret blueprints
    – Plan and carry out projects
    – Use a variety of tools to complete the job
    – Work with consumers and customers on a daily basis
    – Install tubing, piping, wiring, circuit breakers, transformers
    – Use ohmmeters, voltmeters, and oscilloscopes to measure the amount of electricity running through electrical systems
    – Install electric wiring for things like telephones, computers, re alarms, motors, robots, machines, etc.
    – Began working with and learning about electricity in the seventh grade
    – Progressed in the career field at a career center in high school and participated in Skills USA residential wiring competitions
    – Began working as an electrician directly after graduating from high school and later moved to Petoskey, MI

Local Apprentice Profile:

JEREMIAH WELD - Third-Year Electric Apprentice at Bear River Electric

JEREMIAH WELD – Third-Year Electric Apprentice at Bear River Electric

“My interest in this field was sparked by doing two years of
Building Trades in high school, and that got me on the path
of the electrical aspect of things. I didn’t study it too
in-depth, but wanted to learn more and when I had the
opportunity to become an electrician, I took it and ran with


    – How to read blueprints and schematics and use an array of tools and diagnostic devices to service and install electrical parts
    – Ways to interact with customers on the job
    – Ways to troubleshoot and think logically in order to find solutions for electrical wiring issues
    – How to think critically when diagnosing and repairing wires
    Electric apprentices must enroll in an academic program while
    studying at their apprenticeship — apprenticeships teach the
    physical parts of the job, while academic programs help you
    to learn about the intellectual aspects of energy and electricity.

Electrical Installation Programs in the Area:

Construction Technology – (NCCER C) – Industrial Arts Institute

Along with higher education facilities, our local school systems offer the following Career and Technical Education programs:

Construction Technology – (CTE) – Char-Em ISD

CTE – Career Technical Education
NCCER C – National Center for Construction Education & Research Certificate

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