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Electrician do?

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Other common names for this position: Building Electrician, Building Construction Electrician, Construction and Maintenance Electrician, Maintenance Electrician, Domestic and Rural Electrician, Electrical Fixtures Installer, Electrical Wirer, Construction Electrical Wirer, Electrical Wiring Installer, Electrician – Troubleshooter, Residential Construction Wirer, Residential Wireman, Wiring Electrician


An Electrician lays out, assembles, installs, tests, troubleshoots and repairs electrical wiring, fixtures, control devices, and related equipment.[1] Electricians must resolve problems involving several concrete variables from standardized situations. They are sometimes asked to respond to emergency calls, carrying out breakdown repairs as needed.

They are usually self-employed, but can sometimes be employed by Electrical Contractors, Construction Managers, or by maintenance departments of buildings and other establishments.[2] They work closely with maintenance, production, engineering and outside services.

Primary Responsibilities

Here’s a non-exhaustive list of common tasks Electricians are required to complete.

  • Reading and interpreting electrical drawings/blueprints/schematics, circuit diagrams, and electrical code specifications to determine wiring layouts for new or existing installations.
  • Locating and installing a wide range of electrical equipment for safe, efficient and environmentally sound operation:
  • Installing, altering, replacing, repairing, and/or maintaining lighting fixtures and electrical control and distribution equipment, such as switches, relays, sensors, circuit breaker panels and other control components and devices;
  • installing, examining, replacing, and/or repairing generators, alternators, and industrial storage batteries;
  • splicing, joining and connecting wires to fixtures and components to form circuits, which sometimes require pulling wires through conduits and holes in walls and floors;
  • locating/installing and terminating conduits and cables;
  • fabricating control panels and performing wiring check-out; and
  • connecting electrical power to audio and visual communication equipment, signalling devices, and heating and cooling systems.
  • Troubleshooting and isolating faults in electrical and electronic systems and removing and replacing faulty components:
  • Using established troubleshooting sequences, checking a series of possibilities, which include establishing whether equipment is plugged in or not, or looking at diagnostic schematics on the computer to pinpoint location and nature of the problem.
  • Correcting wiring and connections on machinery controls where incorrect applications could cause damage and hazardous conditions.
  • Conducting preventive maintenance programs and keeping maintenance records:
  • Testing electrical and electronic equipment and components for continuity, current, voltage and resistance, using test equipment (e.g. voltmeters and ammeters) to ensure compatibility and safety of systems;
  • providing input and solutions related to any design or installation issues; and
  • ensuring all electrical maintenance operations comply with applicable regulations and trade practices.
  • Assisting the Construction Manager in the coordination of on-site activities.
  • Preparing estimates:
  • Analyzing, collecting, calculating, and comparing data.

Daily Tasks

  • Installing, maintaining, troubleshooting, and repairing a wide range of electrical equipment.
  • Preventing hazardous situations from happening by conducting maintenance tests and reporting and resolving any design or installation issues.

The average Electrician salary is $59,252 per year or $30 per hour. This is around 1.8 times more than the Median wage of the country. Entry level positions start at $41,000 while most experienced workers make up to $83,000. These results are based on 1,612 salaries extracted from job descriptions.

Gross Salary57,243.77 $
CPP- 2,479.95 $
EI- 930.60 $
Federal Tax- 7,082.15 $
Provincial Tax- 3,489.52 $
Total Tax- 13,982.22 $
Net Pay*43,261.54 $
In Ontario, Canada, if you make 57,243.77 $ a year, you will be taxed 13,982.22 $. That means that your take home pay will be 43,261.54 $ per year, or 3,605.13 $ per month. Your average tax rate is 24.43% and your marginal tax rate is 31.15%.
* Deductions are calculated based on the tables of Ontario, Canada income tax.
Job Offers
There are currently 1272 available job offers for the Electrician position on Below is a list of available jobs, based on Canada's most populated metropolitan areas.
Education is key ! Over [number] graduates attended one or more of these schools prior to becoming a Electrician. These Schools usually offer specialized courses and programs that impart the necessary knowledge and skills required by most employers.
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Required Skills and Qualifications
  • Interpersonal, communication, and customer service skills:
  • Communicating clearly, both in writing and verbally, in order to create a clear and communicative environment with clients and colleagues, using a non-technical language as required;
  • being able to work cohesively as part of a team, interacting with production crews to coordinate repairs to their equipment; and
  • talking to operators about equipment and machinery breakdowns using technical language, drawing detailed information from each and providing complex instructions to avoid similar breakdowns.
  • Organizational and time management skills:
  • Prioritizing and planning work activities in order to manage time efficiently while handling a high volume of work;
  • multitasking; being able to work in a dynamic, fast-paced environment; and
  • being able to work well under pressure, individually or as part of a team.
  • Analytical skills and problem-solving skills:
  • Approaching tasks in a reliable and resourceful manner; and
  • troubleshooting and providing an alternative solution when encountering malfunctions in equipment.
  • High degree of initiative and self-supervision:
  • Displaying willingness to learn new skills;
  • making sure that all operations comply with safety requirements;
  • gathering information from pre-maintenance work orders to determine the location and the kind of work to be done; and
  • using creativity and imagination to develop new insights and to apply new solutions to problems.
  • Continual focus on safety, cost control, and client satisfaction:
  • Wearing respirators, steel-toed safety boots, hard hats, glasses, and ear protection, as well as other personal protective equipment (PPE) as required.
  • Manual dexterity, motor coordination, and physical strength:
  • Displaying good hand skills with a high regard for neat workmanship;
  • being able to move around construction sites and to lift or carry objects weighing up to 40 pounds; and
  • being able to climb ladders and being comfortable working at heights.

All Electricians start off as Apprentice Electricians, working 1 to 4 years in an industrial or commercial setting. Prior to being hired, Apprentice Electricians must have completed a pre-apprenticeship training program at an accredited trade school. On-the-job training and specialty training courses are usually preferred, as well as proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite.

Aside from having completed their apprenticeship training, Electricians are also required to have a minimum of 2 to 5 years of experience within a related industry, including experience in the maintenance and troubleshooting of technical equipment.

In Canada, Electricians must have completed an Industrial Electrician Certificate (442A) or a Construction and Maintenance Electrician Certificate (309A). A Journeyman Certificate and/or an Electrician Red Seal Certification is usually preferred. Electricians also need to demonstrate a thorough understanding of the Canadian Electric Code, health and safety standards, as well as piping and instrumentation diagrams/drawings (P&IDs).

Additional certifications are usually preferred, including, but not limited to, the following:

  • First-Aid Training;
  • H2S Certification; and
  • Construction Safety Training System (CSTS).

Finally, Electricians must be able to work flexible schedules, including weekends, as well as to stand for an eight-hour long shift. They also need a valid driver’s licence and a good driving record, as well as a reliable mean of transportation, in order to get themselves and their tools to job sites within their designated area.