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A Career as an Electrician

If you’re into sound systems, robotics, or tinkering with wires, you might consider a career as an electrician. Electricians install and maintain all of the electrical and power systems in buildings. In large factories, electricians usually do maintenance work that is more complex. In homes and businesses, electricians install all the wiring, outlets and lighting fixtures. They design and install electrical boxes and determine where the power will run into the building. New trends in special dimmer switches and under cabinet lighting depend on the skills of an experienced electrician. 

Watch the video below to find out how to train as an electician at Northwestern Michigan College in Traverse City

Electrican's Tools

Start Your Career as an Electrician

High School:​

There are no programs to train as an electrician in Northern Michigan high schools. Ask us about job shadowing with an electrician in our area. 


Charlevoix-Emmet - Career Tech Center (Lineworker)


​​Northwestern Michigan College (Construction Technology​ - Electrical) (AAS)

Northwestern Michigan College (Electronics Engineering) (AAS)

Ferris State University (Electrical Engineering Technology) (BS)

Kirkland Community College (Gaylord)

Career Development

​​Listed below is information on how to qualify for and receive a license as an electrician in the State of Michigan.

Michigan Journeyman Electrician Application

Day in the Life of an Electrician

  • Prepare sketches or follow blueprints to determine the location of wiring or equipment and to ensure conformance to building and safety codes

  • Plan layout and installation of electrical wiring, equipment, or fixtures, based on job specifications and local codes

  • Test electrical system wiring, equipment or fixtures using testing devices such as ohmmeters, voltmeters or oscilloscopes 

  • Inspect electrical systems, equipment or components to identify hazards, defects or the need for adjustment or repair. Ensure compliance with codes.


  • Advise clients on whether the continued operation of any systems could be hazardous

  • Maintain current electrician's license or identification card to meet governmental regulations

Electrical Work

More info on becoming an Electrician: O*NET Online

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