Electricians assemble, install and wire electrical systems that operate heating, lighting, power, air conditioning and refrigeration components, electrical machinery, equipment and controls and communication systems. Electricians plan, diagram, install and repair electrical fixtures, apparatus and control equipment such as switches, relays and circuit breaker panels.

Skills Needed

Strong math background, reading, spatial ability, manual dexterity

Relevant Classes

Algebra, geometry, science, and technology education

Education & Training

Electricians learn the trade in a 5-year apprenticeship program

Work Environment

Expect to work indoors and outdoors in nearly every type of facility

Job Wages


Average Hourly Wage*

Entry Level






*Compare to Wisconsin minimum wage $7.25/hr

Job Outlook


Through 2020 in Wisconsin

Jobs Expected


Through 2020 in Wisconsin

Data source - Wisconsin Worknet 2013

Train for the Trade As An Apprentice

Electricians train through a 5-year apprenticeship program, consisting of not less than 8,000 hours of on the job training and 900 hours of classroom instruction. Apprenticeships provide a complete education in all aspects of the craft, and training extends beyond the specific skills required by any one employer.

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