Electricians in this unit group perform some or all of the following duties:
A. Conduct preventive maintenance programs and keep maintenance records.
B. Read and interpret drawings, circuit diagrams and electrical code specifications to determine wiring layouts for new or existing installations
C. Pull wire through conduits and through holes in walls and floors
D. Install brackets and hangers to support electrical equipment
E. Install, replace and repair lighting fixtures and electrical control and distribution equipment, such as switches, relays and circuit breaker panels
F. Splice, join and connect wire to fixtures and components to form circuits
G. Test continuity of circuits using test equipment to ensure compatibility and safety of system, following installation, replacement or repair
1. Construction - 72.0%
2. Other services (except public administration) - 3.0%
3. Public administration - 3.0%
4. Retail trade - 2.0%
5. Educational services - 2.0%
1. You usually need a high school diploma.
2. You usually need a four- to five-year apprenticeship program.
3. Trade certification is compulsory for construction electricians in all provinces/territories except Manitoba. It is available, but voluntary, in Manitoba.
4. Trade certification is compulsory for domestic and rural electricians in Ontario and Quebec. It is available, but voluntary, in Newfoundland.
5. According to the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, you need a Construction and Maintenance Licence.
6. Qualified electricians may also obtain interprovincial (Red Seal) trade certification, which provides job mobility throughout the country.
3. Industrial Arts (Electricity)
The average hourly wages for Electricians (Except Industrial and Power System) is $20.92/HR, which is close to the average for occupations in the trades, transport and equipment operators sector and close to the average for all technical, professional, and skilled occupations. These wages grew at an average rate from 2002 to 2004.