Years in this Position:
Supports the manufacturing process and plant by doing everything from changing light bulbs to trouble shooting plant equipment.
What I like best about my job:
Problem solving and working with people.Every day is different
Advice I would give to someone interested in this job:
Work on your math skills, since electrical work is all about the math. I got into the field through installing car audio and working on my skills through school. My father is an electrician.
Area: Facility Support
Employees in this position fill job descriptions that vary from simple to complex and complicated electrical equipment and situations. In general electricians layout, install and maintain a wide variety of electrical equipment, such as automatic electrical or electronic controls, large distribution panels, etc. Make new installations from prints and instructions; diagnose and correct trouble on installations. Work from wiring diagrams and schematic drawings, some of which are intricate. Note: electricians perform their skill 100% of the time.
Entire facility, including office and manufacturing floor. The average workweek is 40 hours. Shift work and overtime is common. Many manufacturers operate 24 hours/day.
Electricians usually acquire their skills through a formal apprenticeship program or through on-the-job training supplemented by courses at a trade or technical school.
See US Department of Labor Occupational Outlook Handbook (http://www.bls.gov/oco/home.htm) for latest information
Average hourly earnings in CNY in 2005 were $18.68/hour.