What is a Electrician?
Electricians install, alter, repair and maintain electrical systems designed to provide heat, light, power, control, signal or fire alarms for all types of buildings, structures and premises.
In general, electricians:
- Read and interpret electrical, mechanical and architectural drawings and electrical code specifications to determine wiring layouts
- Cut, thread, bend, assemble and install conduits and other types of electrical conductor enclosures and fittings
- Pull wire through conduits and holes in walls and floors
- Position, maintain and install distribution and control equipment such as switches, relays, circuit breaker panels and fuse enclosures
- Install, replace, maintain and repair electrical systems and related electrical equipment
- Install data cabling
- Splice, join and connect wire to form circuits
- Test circuits to ensure integrity and safety
- Install and maintain fiber optic systems
Skills & Abilities
To be successful in the trade, electricians need:
- Good communication and reading skills
- An aptitude for Mathematics
- Mechanical ability, strength and manual dexterity
- The ability to distinguish colours to work with colour-coded wiring
- The ability to work at heights
- The ability to lift between 11 and 25 kilograms
- The ability to get along well with co-workers
- The willingness to keep up with new developments in the field
- The ability to create new ways of doing thing
- The ability to do very precise work expertly
- Ability to work at a variety of exciting tasks
The term of apprenticeship for an electrician is 4 years (four 12-month periods) including a minimum of 1500 hours of on-the-job training and 8 weeks of technical training in the first three years, and a minimum of 1350 hours of on-the-job training and 12 weeks of technical training in the fourth year.
An applicant who previously completed courses of study or work experience related to the Electrician trade or holds a related journeyman certificate and has the employer’s recommendation, may qualify for credit that could reduce the term of apprenticeship.
A person who has previous training or work experience in the trade and wants to determine their level of skill and knowledge for entry or advanced standing in an apprenticeship program may apply for a Prior Learning Assessment.
To find answers to your questions and learn more about a career as an Electrician, contact the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 424.
For a quick summary of a career as an electrician, ask about the electrician trade card.