Electrician

34 - 52 Weeks
$45,000 - $81,000
  • Full Time
  • Diploma
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    Electrician Description

    Electricians are tradespeople who work with all aspects of electrical wiring in private, public, and industrial settings. They install new electrical components, maintain, and repair damaged electrical systems. Electricians can work with wiring in buildings, transmission lines, or machinery. More specialized electricians wire ships, airplanes, data and cable lines, and other mobile units. They can work indoors or outside.

    Electrician Core Task and Skills Required

    Electricians are responsible for designing, installing, maintaining, and troubleshooting electrical wiring systems in homes, commercial properties, industrial sites, machinery, and large pieces of equipment.

    • Install, maintain, and repair electrical services to private or public buildings overhead or underground
    • Replace or install light fixtures, switches, closet lighting, and outdoor lights
    • Work with electrical systems in ventilation systems, air conditioning units, and ceiling fans
    • Install and maintain power outlets and ground connections on power outlets
    • Work with circuits for hot water heaters, heating systems, and air conditioners
    • Install wiring for large appliances such as washers, dryers, stoves, and dishwashers
    • Work with low voltage wiring for voice, data, video, and cable systems
    • Read blueprints
    • Inspect all electrical components
    • Follow national and provincial regulations

    Electrician Salary

    On average, a licensed electrician makes $29.78 to $32.52 per hour. In Canada, the annual salary can make a range of $45,000 to $81,000.

    Electrician Hours

    Most electricians work 40 hours, Monday to Friday jobs. Some work evenings, weekends, and on-call.

    Electrician Training

    Electricians go through continued training on-site and through their company on policies, procedures, new technologies, safety, and first aid. Most of their training is hands-on.

    Useful Information About Being a Electrician

    Electricians must complete an apprenticeship program through a recognized employer. As an apprentice, students must complete specified training and work hours before they can write the Electrician’s Certificate of Qualification Exam to receive their license. In many provinces and territories, students are also required to complete a pre-apprenticeship program first.

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