Pictured is Benjamin Franklin flying his kite in a lightning stormWe all know the story of “The First American”… Author. Printer. Politician. Philosopher. Diplomat. Scientist. Inventor. Etc. But have you ever wondered what his story would like if he were living in modern times? Here are our top 3 reasons why Ben Franklin would be an Electrician who got his start at Orleans Tech.

Established in Philly.

Franklin was born in Boston, but after just 2 years of formal education and a short lived apprenticeship under his belt, he ran to Philadelphia at the age of 17. Looking for a fresh start, Franklin launched his career by becoming the publisher of the Pennsylvania Gazette.  Modern Ben Franklin would probably have to surf the net for a new career because the days of printed newspapers are quickly becoming a thing of the past.

Tradesmen Origins

Franklin was a member of the Freemasons, an organization of men who can trace their roots back to the stonemasons. His father made candles, and his brother was a printer. Coming from a family of tradesmen, it’s safe to assume Franklin would consider becoming a tradesman himself in 2016. Where would he learn the tricks of his trade? That’s easy. Philadelphia’s own Orleans Tech.

Discovered Electricity

Franklin discovered electricity by flying a kite in a lightning storm. Luckily for him, we have found much safer ways to harness the power of electricity. His interest in all things that shock would make him a perfect fit for the Orleans Tech’s Residential and Commercial Electricity program! Be like modern Franklin.


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