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How to Become an Electrician

Because electrical systems are both vitally important and hazardous to work with, becoming an electrician requires a fair bit of education and training. However, for those that like to work with their hands and have an interest in the subject, entering the electrician trade may be a great choice.

  1. Understand what electricians do – Electricians can work in any number of environments and can specialize in numerous different areas, from residential to commercial and industrial applications. Electricians can expect to encounter: outdoor work, climbing ladders, working in confined spaces, working with one’s hands and working with others.

This is a job that requires attention to detail. Mistakes can mean damage to equipment, buildings, machines and people – including serious injury and death. This risk to both property and life requires a serious commitment to doing things right and an adherence to all safety protocols.

  1. Get an education – Electrician programs typically require applicants to possess a high school diploma or a GED. With this in hand, one can enter a vocational or trade school. Trade programs teach students the basic skills and graduates usually receive credit towards their apprenticeship with a master electrician.

While on the job training in an electrician apprenticeship is a big part of developing in the trade, there is only so much time to learn the ropes while doing the job. This is why students that do well in vocational programs are as desirable as apprentices.

  1. Work as an apprentice – In most cases it takes between four to five years as an apprentice to take the actual state exam – the passing of which makes one a journeyman electrician. Working as an apprentice will involve both real world field work and classroom training.
  2. Get a license – Each state has its own licensing program. Once one gains a state license, it is possible to work for a company or independently.

The demand for trained and certified electricians is substantial. Launch your successful educational career as an electrician at Vatterott. Contact us now.

Tips To Repair The OTHER Engines Around the Home

Anyone who has ever pulled apart a motorcycle or weed trimmer engine to try and fix it knows how complicated even the smallest engine can be. Going into any small engine (regardless of the actual size of the machine) blindly to try and repair a malfunction is challenging even when one is mechanically inclined. This is why it is so important to have some kind of assistance – whether it be a detailed repair guide, an experienced friend or prior training in small engine repair.

Some Basic Repair Tips For Power Sports Vehicles and Small Engines

Learning how to fix small engines takes practice. Unless one has small engine repair training it is unlikely that a major problem can be fixed at home but there are a few things that one can do to keep a small engine in good working order. With proper maintenance the need for major repairs can usually be avoided.

  1. Maintain Proper Oil Levels – While this may not be the case for motorcycles and other recreational vehicles, many small engines require oil to be mixed with the gasoline to maintain lubrication. The manual for the machine – and usually the gas tank itself – will say what ratio to use. Most of the time the owner of the machine knows this and adheres to it closely. However, friends and family may not be so observant. Mix up a gas can with the right ratio, label it and make sure everyone knows that this is what to use for the machine. On those recreational vehicles, the owner’s manual will have a regular schedule for maintenance like oil changes – so follow those recommendations closely.
  2. Fuel filter and lines – If the filter or lines become clogged the engine will not get the necessary fuel to run properly. Depending on the engine, it may be necessary to drain the fuel tank and clean both the tank and filter of sediment. Check all fuel lines for cracks or wear and replace as necessary. Also, in the instance where power sports vehicle or small engine will be sitting idle for an extended period of time – take the necessary steps to remove and prepare the lines for that dormant period.
  3. Air cleaner – The cleaner can either be a dry cleaner or an oil bath cleaner. Dry cleaners must be replaced periodically, while oil bath cleaners have to be cleaned of all oil and debris and then refilled with oil. Read your manuals to know which is appropriate for your engine.

Learn Advanced Power Sports and Small Engine Repair Skills

Although there are a few things one can do to maintain any engine, bigger repair jobs require training to do it right. A bad repair job can cause more harm than good, leaving a small engine in worse shape than it was before the repair and a recreational vehicle unusable.

Learn how to repair small engines around your home. Sign up for training at Vatterott today!