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It’s time to level up!
It’s all well and good to get your ticket. Depending on where you are located, you’ve done night school, summer school, or a chunk of the year in class. At the end of 4 years, you write your test and you are a certified electrician.
If you think your time in school and learning is over you’re wrong.
Unless you’re content to living paycheque to paycheque, you may want to consider taking some other courses to level up your skills.
Most technical schools offer night courses or weekend courses that will help you add some valuable skills to keep your resume fresh and attractive. There are also online options for most of these courses.
Here are some you may want to consider:
1- Motor Control
If you have any desire to work in an industrial setting an understanding of motor control is a must.
Understanding the basics of ladder logic, schematic and wiring diagrams, and basic troubleshooting skills are often covered in any basic motor control course. More advanced courses will teach you about VFD’s, Soft Starters, instrumentation, and process control.
PLC’s (Programmable logic controllers) are amazing! If you have any inkling towards programming or automation, run don’t walk to the closest course in PLC’s. Understanding how the interfaces work, basic programming, discrete vs analog, will all be covered in a basic PLC course. In most industrial settings the plant will have an in house PLC expert. They tend to make a lot of money and have a successful and rewarding career. Why not be that person?
A great option for PLC’s is myplctraining.com. Stephen Gates knows his stuff. I have taken his courses and could not recommend them enough. If you are interested in what he has to offer click here.
Full disclosure I am an affiliate, which means I make some money if you sign up for his courses. That being said I would NEVER recommend something that I couldn’t get fully behind.
3- Code upgrade course
Often times you can get your master electricians ticket by taking a code course and an exam.
Not only does it make you a better electrician in the field but it looks fantastic on a resume. Who wouldn’t want to have a certified code expert on their team?
Say what you will about code, it is interesting, controversial, and always changing. There is always more and more to learn and interpret.
4- Renewable energy
This is the era of green energy.
Unless you’ve been living under a rock you can see that electrical is heading in the direction of alternative energy. Vocational colleges offer courses on Solar systems, Geo thermal control systems, and turbine energy control systems. These are new and upcoming technologies. Why not be ahead of the curve?
If you know anything about the code you can see that the industry is getting ready to fully embrace renewable energy.
5- “Starting your own business” courses
This is one that is near and dear to my heart as I teach a night class in entrepreneurship for the trades.
Just because you have your ticket, some tools, and the van doesn’t mean you’re going to be successful as a business person. There is so much more that goes into starting your own trades business. By finding a course in how to do this, you can make sure you set up your business for success before you ever get your first client.
These are only 5 suggestions.
I would love to hear what you all think. If you have any questions on where to find the courses I mentioned, make sure you contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
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