The basic educational requirement for an electrician is a high school diploma or GED. However, you will also need to complete formal electrician training or an apprenticeship program. There are also specific training programs available for electricians who are interested in oil rig jobs. A training program at a technical school or college usually takes about two years to complete, but you will also need to gain one to two years of hands-on experience.
The typical apprenticeship program takes four years to complete. Some large companies offer apprenticeship programs. In these programs, you will receive a lower rate of pay and receive the training you need to become a journeyman. Another way you can complete your apprenticeship may be through your local union.