Considering The Electrical Field? 3 Options You Have And The Educational Requirements

If you are considering working in the electrical field, you may be considering a four year college degree. Even though there are fields that require a degree, there are other fields where going to a trade school would be more beneficial. Below are three electrical fields, and the type of education they require.


An electrician is usually the first person that is called with any kind of electrical problem. They work with both residential and commercial properties. Duties of an electrician include:

  • Planning and installing wiring systems for residential and commercial buildings.
  • Repairs all types of electrical problems.
  • Installs insulated cabling and electronic components.
  • Connects, repairs, and replaces circuit breakers.
  • Installs electrical equipment, such as motors, switchboards, and water heaters.

If you would like to become an electrician, you should obtain training and certification through a trade school. Once you finish this and start working, you will need to get licensed. The licensing requirements depends on where you live, but in most cases, you have to take and pass a test

Line Worker

Line workers, also known as line installers and repairers, install and maintain power grids. Power grids are a large network of cables and power lines that are used to supply the residence or commercial building with Internet service, cable television, phone, and electricity. Some job duties of a line worker include:

  • Install and repair electrical equipment cables, and poles that are related to transmission and distribution systems.
  • Install, repair, and maintain underground electrical equipment and cables.
  • Ensure public safety and crew safety using personal protection equipment, and knowing the emergency procedures.
  • Operate equipment like bucket trucks, backhoe trenchers, and digger derricks.

Most line workers go to a trade school for training. Classes cover things like electrical systems, transmission competencies, safety fundamentals, and electrical line work fundamentals. Line workers may also complete an apprenticeship program.

Electrical Drafter

An electrical drafter works behind the lines designing the electrical schematics used to produce things from a small electronic device to wiring a tall skyscraper. To do their job, the electrical drafter works with CADD (computer aided design and drafter) systems.

According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, you can become an electrical drafter by attending a trade school and then becoming certified. Some electrical drafters choose to get an associate's degree.

When choosing a trade school, you should choose an electrician trade school to ensure you get the right education. This type of school specializes in electrical training. 

For more information, contact a company like the HVAC Technical Institute.