With the economy being what it is these days, it’s a good idea to go back to school and pick up a new skill set. When choosing something new to learn, it’s important that you select a trade that is in demand. Pursuing electrical training is a great idea, as it is a skill that everyone requires at some point, and that isn’t going away anytime soon. No matter what happens in the economy at large, we’ll always need people to work on our electrical systems when things go wrong.
There are a few things you have to keep in mind when looking for a place to get your electrical training. First, and most important, you need to know that you will be getting plenty of hands on training in your field. In fact, most of your experience and training should be hands on, in the field. While it can be really helpful to watch a video, sit in and take notes on a lecture, or go through a simulation or other digital program, none of those things are a real substitute for hands on, practical experience.
You want to make sure that any training program or apprenticeship gets you out into the field and working as much as possible. If you are unable to get literally out into a working environment, then wherever you train should have plenty of specially designed labs to give you the next best thing. Look for somewhere where you can train in (at the minimum) circuit breaker, relay and motor controls, cable fields and substations. Make sure you have plenty of access to teachers and supervisors, and that your electrical training from a wide range of manufacturers that are recognized by you’re the industry. You will want to train on both old, and new technology to make sure you have the range to work on a number of different projects, in a number of different situations.
When pursuing electrical training, finding a school that provides the best instructors is crucial. You want to make sure that all the instructors at your school have years, if not decades, of real-world experience out in the field. This perspective will ensure that you purely don’t learn theory that isn’t applicable or helpful to your future or ongoing profession. However, experience isn’t enough, as you need to learn from instructors who are able to properly communicate the knowledge that they have accumulated. It takes that special blend of experience and ability to teach, that creates a truly great teacher. You want to make sure that your school’s teachers are well organized, filled with patience, articulate and good great communicators, and that they really tune in to what their students need.
The only way to ensure that your preferred electrical training school has the teachers and courses that you really want is to communicate with them and to sit in on some of their classes. While it’s great to call and e-mail teachers and see what they have to say, the only way you will really know what their courses are like is to sit in on them while they are in progress. Note how well the students seem to be picking up the information. See how much time is spent talking and how much time is spent actually working. Make sure it feels right and that you learn at least one or two things from your trial class. Only then will you be sure that you will receive the electrical training that you desire and require.