Electricians 


Electricians lay out, assemble, install, test, troubleshoot and repair electrical wiring, fixtures, control devices and related equipment in buildings and other structures.


Work: Electricians perform some or all of the following duties: , Read and interpret drawings/electrical code specifications to determine wiring layouts; Install, replace, and repair lighting fixtures and electrical control, fire alarm, and electrical distribution equipment such as switches, relays, and circuit breaker panels; Connect wires to fixtures to form circuits/test circuits using test equipment to ensure compatibility and safety; Troubleshoot and isolate faults in electrical/electronic systems; Connect electrical power to sound/visual communication equipment, signalling devices, and heating/cooling systems.

Title Examples: Electrical Wirer, Electrical Wiring Installer, Electrician, Wirer

Useful Secondary School subjects: Math, Industrial Arts (Electricity), English

Degrees associated with this career: High School Diploma, Certificate, Diploma, Post-diploma, Associate

Requirements: You usually need a high school diploma. , You usually need a four- to five-year apprenticeship program. , Trade certification is compulsory for construction electricians in all provinces/territories except Manitoba. It is available, but voluntary, in Manitoba. , Trade certification is compulsory for domestic and rural electricians in Ontario and Quebec. It is available, but voluntary, in Newfoundland. , According to the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, you need a Construction and Maintenance Licence. , Qualified electricians may also obtain interprovincial (Red Seal) trade certification, which provides job mobility throughout the country. , With experience, you may move up the ranks to become a supervisor. , Most recent entrants have a trade/vocational certificate or a community college diploma.

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