Electrician

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Electrician

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
  • Strong Job Market
  • On-the-Job Training

  • Earn $ While You Learn

  • Scholarships, Awards & Grants
  • Apprenticeship Loans

  • Employment Insurance

  • Income Tax Training Deductions

  • Alberta Bricklayers Union Local #1
    • Alberta Bricklayers Union Scholarship
  • Alberta Ironworkers Apprenticeship and Training Plan
    • Alberta Ironworkers Apprenticeship and Training Plan Scholarship
    • Alberta Ironworkers Apprenticeship and Training Plan - Top Ironworker Generalist Scholarship (3)
    • Alberta Ironworkers Apprenticeship and Training Plan - Top Ironworker Reinforcing Scholarship (1)
    • Alberta Ironworkers Apprenticeship and Training Plan - Top Ironworker Structural/Ornamental Scholarship (2)
  • Building Trades of Alberta
    • Building Trades of Alberta (2)
    • Al McCagherty Memorial Scholarship
    • Justin Slade Memorial Scholarship
    • UNITE HERE Local 47 Scholarship
    • Dennis Vaudrin Memorial Scholarship for Industrial Painters
    • Thomas Cronk Scholarship Concrete Finisher
    • Jack Starko Scholarship for Electricians
  • Building Trades of Alberta and Construction Labour Relations - An Alberta Association
    • Building Trades of Alberta and Construction Labour Relations- An Alberta Association Scholarship
    • Construction Labour Relations- An Alberta Association and Building Trades of Alberta Scholarship
  • Edmonton Pipe Trades United Association Local 488
    • Edmonton Pipe Trades Educational Trust Fund Local #488 Scholarship
  • Insulators' Training Trust Fund of Alberta Local 110
    • Insulators' Training Trust Fund of Alberta Scholarship
  • International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local424/ Electrical Contractors Association of Alberta
    • Local 424/ ECAA Alberta Apprenticeship Scholarship
    • IBEW Local 424/ ECAA Alberta Apprenticeship Scholarship
  • Sheet Metal Workers International Asssocation Local 8
    • Sheet Metal Workers International Association Local #8 Scholarship (2)
  • United Association of Plumbers & Pipefitters Local #488
    • United Association of Plumbers & Pipefitters Local #488 Scholarship
    • United Assocaition of Plumbers & Pipefitters Local #488 Benefit Trust Fund Scholarship
  • United Association of Plumbers and Pipefitters Local #496/ Piping Industry Training School
    • U.A. Local #496/ Piping Industry Training School Scholarship
  • Building Trades of Alberta / Construction Labour Relations
    • Building Trades of Alberta/Construction Labour Relations - An Alberta Association RAP Scholarship
    • Construction Labour Relations- An Alberta Association/ Building Trades of Alberta RAP Scholarship
  • Alberta Ironworkers Local 720 and Local 725/ Ironworkers Apprenticeship and Training Plan of Alberta
    • Alberta Ironworkers Local 720 and Local 725/ Ironworkers Apprenticeship and Training Plan RAP Scholarship
  • Labourers Local 92
    • LiUNA! Local 92 Scholarships (5)
  • Teamsters Local 362
    • 2018 Teamsters Canada Scholarship
  • International Union of Bricklayers & Allied Craftsmen – Local 1
    • BAC Bates Scholarship

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
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Apprenticeship Training

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.

  • Best training facilities

  • Best trainers

  • Best skills training

  • Best safety training

  • Best cost: Free to members

Next Steps

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.

Electrician trade card

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