Many of us are happy knowing that when we flip a switch, a light comes on. That’s about as deep as we care to take our knowledge of electricity.
But when we flip the switch and the light doesn’t come on, we’re usually quite grateful that we can call someone who understands electricity much better than we do. Many of the people called to the rescue got their educations on the job but many others trained in electrician schools.
Electrician schools provide knowledge of all the chemistry and mechanical processes behind converting raw energy into something that’s quite mysterious to most of us, although many of us feel we simply can’t live without it. Most of us are content to know that electricity can be very, very dangerous when in the hands of someone untrained and we’re happy to leave the work of it to those who are well qualified.
In fact, electricity is so dangerous that, in most states, electricians must be licensed in order to work. Part of the licensing process is an exam, which must be passed in order to get the license to operate. The study materials in electrician schools are developed to meet state licensing standards.
Since licensing requirements differ by state, electrician schools do, too. They all teach the same basic information, however, but details usually more bureaucratic than electrical vary a bit from state to state.
Most of the graduates from electrician schools become electricians themselves, in one capacity or another. Our need for electricity is so widespread that there is a great deal of diversity within the occupation.
But, due to the very extreme danger faulty electrical circuits can cause, many graduates of electrician schools choose to be come electrical inspectors. Any building or other type of structure that uses electricity must pass inspection before being put to use so the demand for inspectors is great.
If you don’t know watt the difference is between an ohm and an ampere or can’t quite fathom how a lightning bolt relates to a volt, it’s best to call on the graduates of electrician schools to do just about anything more electrically complicated than changing a light bulb.