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1700 new positions on the Virginia Peninsula from 2012 to 2016

Start: $ 12.60/hr. $ 26,200/yr.
Ave: $ 20.35/hr. $ 42,300/yr.


Employer website, Peninsula Worklink, Virginia Employment Commission

New Horizons Regional Education Centers with IBEW, Newport News Shipbuilding Apprentice School, Thomas Nelson Community College (certificate, apprenticeship), Hampton University, Norfolk State University, Old Dominion University

Virginia Wizard


Job Description: Install, maintain, and repair electrical wiring, equipment, and fixtures. Ensure that work is in accordance with relevant codes.

Education Needed: Vocational training, OJT, Apprenticeship or an AAS. May require a Bachelor’s degree.

Career Pathway: Electricians learn through apprenticeship programs that typically last 4 years, each with 144 hours of classroom instruction and 2,000 hours of on-the-job training under the supervision of experienced electricians. Licensing is required with continuing education that includes changes in code, safety training, and manufacturer-specific training. Electricians may specialize with additional classes on data, video, communications or energy systems. Experienced electricians can, with additional management and supervision training and well-developed communication skills, advance to jobs as supervisors, project managers or superintendents, and may eventually start their own contracting business.

WorkKeys Scores Needed:: Applied Math (5), Reading (4), Locating Information (5), Observation (5) and Applied Technology (5). Gold Level: Applied Math, Reading for Information, Locating Information.

October 31, 2020


1) Review Essential Skills Below.  Take our skills check up to see how you qualify against employer standards.

2) Visit Employer website, Peninsula Worklink, Virginia Employment Commission to learn about education and training programs.

3) Current employers of record for Electricians:
Ball Corporation, Pepsi Bottling, Newport News Shipbuilding, Printpack, Anheuser-Busch Corp.

Essential Skills for Electricians

Technical Skills
Equipment Selection: determining the kind of tools and equipment needed to do a job.
Installation: installing equipment, machines, wiring, or programs to meet specifications.
Quality Control Analysis: conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.

Follows directions correctly.
Communicates effectively with customers and fellow employees.
Listens well and applies what is learned.
Reads and applies safety warnings and simpler equipment instructions.
Writes sentences with minor grammar and punctuation errors.

Workplace Skills
Creativity, innovation, adaptation: contributes new ideas and adapts to changes in the workplace.
Diversity awareness and application: communicates and works well with customers and coworkers of different ages, genders, races, socioeconomics, ethnicities, and cultural backgrounds.
Professional ethics: abides by workplace policies and laws, and demonstrates personal integrity.
Personal hygiene and safety: follows safety guidelines and manages personal health.

Professional Skills
Time and resource management: punctual, timely with work deadlines, manages time and other resources well.
Team player: demonstrates commitment to the success of the team, assists others, requests help when needed and resolves conflicts effectively.
Positive work ethic: arrives ready to work, is supportive of accomplishing tasks at hand, completes work assignments in effective and efficient way and is willing to take on additional tasks.
Systems thinking: understands his or her role in fulfilling the mission of this workplace.