JobsNow: Career field growing for electricians

Mark Milone, a third-generation electrician, said the job is challenging, yet rewarding

It takes an electrician to maintain wiring, fixtures and equipment. It's a growing and in-demand career that those who work in the field say is challenging, yet rewarding.


YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – It takes an electrician to maintain wiring, fixtures and equipment. It’s a growing and in-demand career that those who work in the field say is challenging, yet rewarding.

Mark Milone is a third-generation electrician, following in his father’s and grandfather’s footsteps. He even had an uncle in the field.

Milone always had an interest in working with his hands, and electrical work fascinated him because it dealt with wiring and building.

“We build a variety of things, from supports to stands, to raceways, cable trays to bus ways. I really had an interest in that, but once I started the electrical theory, I had an interest in the science behind that as well,” he said.

He learned that science through a five-year apprenticeship program. It starts with the basics and gets deep into electrical theory, and Milone said he likes the challenge of that.

That variety is what entices Milone, but there is one thing that gets him excited to work when he sees it on his schedule.

“I love working on equipment and going in and figuring out why the equipment quit working,” he said.

Trade schools can also prepare you for the electrical field. They’re usually taught by instructors with years of job experience.

For more information on job training and apprenticeship programs, as well as available jobs, visit OhioMeansJobs.com.

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