SDEPS Encourages Women to Consider Being an Electrician
The San Diego Electrical Professionals Society (SDEPS) is encouraging women to consider being an electrician as their career. The SDEPS says being an electrician is advantageous for women as it affords flexibility to them, and gives them the opportunity to even have their own home business.
John Lucas, President of the SDEPS says there is a lot of room for career growth if they decide to take this path. “Like anybody, they need to undertake an apprenticeship program even if they already took electrician classes already. As long as they have completed high school, have a driving license in the state they want to practice in, and they do not have a criminal record, they can already apply for apprenticeship interviews,” Lucas explains.
In its website, Vista College says it may just be the right time to welcome more women in the electrical work force. They explained that there is a tremendous area for growth in this career path. In the same web post, they explained how one can become an apprentice. Independent Electrical Contractors Association:
“The process of becoming an electrician is the same for women as it is for men. You’ll begin your career by applying to an apprentice program. Getting into an electrical apprentice program is extremely competitive and it doesn’t happen overnight. Even if you’ve attended an electrician school to prepare yourself for a career in the electrical field, you’ll still need to complete an apprenticeship before you can become a journeyman or master electrician.” The rest of the explanation can be found here.
The Nest.com shared more information on the journey to being a female electrician, particularly the apprenticeship period. “You'll spend five years learning the trade through full-time work under the supervision of a qualified electrician. You'll start off earning 50 to 60 percent of a journey person's pay, and get an increase every year. You'll also spend 144 hours or more in formal classroom instruction each year, learning electrical theory, blueprint reading, computer skills and other related subjects. At the close of your apprenticeship you can take your state's journey person exam, and become a licensed journey person in your own right.” The continuation can be found here.
Upworthy.com has featured a write-up on becoming a female electrician, and featured one of them. In that same article, they also tackled the benefits of talking the electrical journeyman program, which is the next step
“Unlike traditional college programs, it's also paid. Participants in the program are supplied with tools, a voucher for boots and free textbooks, along with a base salary starting at 40% of what a professional journeyman makes. Every six months, participants receive a 5% raise. When they finish the program, they receive a 15% raise, along with their journeyman ticket. ‘That ticket lasts for life,’ says Hannah. ‘It's a guarantee for work as long as you're able.’" The full article has been published here.
The SDEPS says, women should consider entering the profession as more career growth and benefits await them.