Would you like to become a licensed electrician?
Journeyman electricians install and repair wiring and electrical systems in residences, factories and businesses. They inspect the wiring, circuit breakers and transformers and need to be familiar with building code regulations to ensure that all of the electrical work done on a project is up to code. They also need to know how to read blueprints so that they can ensure that systems are installed correctly and that they’re in the right place.
According to the MA State Board of Electrical Examiners, before you take the Journeyman licensing exam you must complete 8000 hours of employment (approximately 4 years) as an apprentice under the direct supervision of a holder of a MA Journeyman’s license and 600 hours of classroom instruction (Modules 1 – 8) in electrical code and theory from an approved school based on the current National Electrical Code. Apprentices will not be given credit for work experience completed 6 years prior to the successful completion date of their Board approved education.
Just about everything in use today relies in one way or another on electricity and electronics. When you’re training to be an electrical systems technician, you will learn how to do updates, repairs, or installations of electrical and electronic equipment on construction sites, in residential settings, in factories, or other industrial locations. Once trained, you can expect to apply your electrical and electronic systems knowledge to work with home theater, audio, video, home alarm and security systems, intercoms, fiber optic telecoms, computer networking and wireless systems.
In order to take the low voltage Systems Technician licensing exam in Massachusetts, you must complete 4000 hours of employment (approximately 2 years) as an apprentice under the direct supervision of a MA Systems Technician’s or Journeyman’s license and 300 hours of classroom instruction (Modules 1 – 4) in electrical code and theory from an approved school based on the current National Electrical Code. Apprentices will not be given credit for work experience completed 4 years prior to the successful completion date of their Board approved education.
You may start working as an electrical apprentice first, or you may start classes first, or do both concurrently.
Electrician Education – 75 hours per module
Level 1 (150 hours):
Module 1: Jobsite and Electrical Safety, Introduction to the National Electrical Code and Process, DC/Alarm Theory, and Basic Math.
Module 2: Electrical Bonding and Grounding, Low Voltage Systems and Controls, Fire Warning and Security Systems, and Design and Testing.
Level 2 (150 hours):
Module 3: National Electrical Code application of DC Theory, Massachusetts Electrical Code and Amendments, and Wiring Methods.
Module 4: Fiber, Data and Communications Wiring and Systems, Massachusetts Laws and Regulations Pertaining to Electrical Wiring, and Conduct of Technicians and Apprentices Including Inspection Requirements. General Review of all subjects covered.
Level 3 (150 hours):
Module 5: Electricians Math and Basic Electrical Formulas, Electrical Circuit, AC Theory, Raceway, Outlet boxes and conductor fill, and Conductor Selection and Over-current Protection.
Module 6: Branch Circuit /Feeder/ Service Requirements, Branch Circuit/Feeder/ Service Calculations and Voltage Drops, Motors, Controls and Transformers Requirements, Use of Code book tables and examples, and Swimming Pools and similar Installations.
Level 4 (150 hours):
Module 7: One Family Dwelling Calculations, Multi-family Dwelling Calculations, Commercial Load Calculations, and Use of Code book tables and examples.
Module 8: Motor Calculations, Transformer Calculations, Review of Board rules and Regulations, and Review of Massachusetts General Laws applicable to Electricians, General Review of all subjects covered.