Technical Literacy For Apprentice Journeyman Master Electricians
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The possession of technical information without the need for a reference is knowledge.
An electrician must know a huge number of technical facts, procedural methods, and thought
processes to be successful. This is technical literacy.
A comprehensive technical vocabulary is essential to career advancement.
Work to add at least five new words to your knowledge base every day. Watch your
paycheck grow over time.
Certainly an electrician can take time to look-up unfamiliar words, terms, symbols,
abbreviations, theories and formulas. But the time lost in that pursuit isn't the only
casualty. A thought process which needs to move at lightning speed to solve a problem of
design, function, or installation won't progress as far if halted often for reference.
So there is large assortment of technical information that an electrician needs to know
to be considered competent. Obviously the more an electrician knows, the better the
performance will be. A logical extension of this thought should encourage all electricians
to become as knowledgeable as possible. This means a continuing effort to improve
One technique which will aid in this process is the mastery of the entries from the
following three literacy lists. Apprentices can study the Apprentice List. Journeyman
Electricians can study the Apprentice and Journeyman Lists. And the Master
Electricians can study the Apprentice, Journeyman, and Masters List.
They are all a free download.
Apprentice Literacy List
This Apprentice Electrician Literacy List contains entries which a beginning
electrician must understand to be able to take on increasing responsibility for installing
Journeyman Electrician Literacy List
This Journeyman Electrician Literacy List plus Apprentice List contains entries which a
Journeyman Electrician must understand to properly select electrical materials, make
circuit calculations, interpret electrical plans make reports, and supervise electrical
Master Electrician Literacy List
This Master Electrician Literacy List plus the Apprentice and Journeyman List contains
entries which a Master Electrician must understand to insure compliance with applicable
codes, to diagnose and resolve electrical problems, to design electrical systems, and
coordinate all aspects of an electrical installation.