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Electricians

What is it?

Electricians are skilled tradespeople who specialize in the installation, maintenance, and repair of electrical wiring, lighting systems, and control equipment. They play a crucial role in ensuring the safe and efficient functioning of electrical systems in various settings, including:

Work environments:

  • Residential buildings (homes and apartments)
  • Commercial buildings (offices, shops, restaurants)
  • Industrial facilities (factories, warehouses)
  • Institutional buildings (schools, hospitals, government buildings)

Key responsibilities of an electrician:

They use technical drawings and diagrams to understand the layout and specifications of electrical systems.

This involves safely installing various electrical components like conduits, switches, outlets, panels, and lighting fixtures according to building codes and safety regulations.

They use specialized tools and equipment to test for electrical continuity, identify malfunctions, and diagnose electrical problems.

They repair faulty wiring, replace damaged components, and perform preventive maintenance tasks to ensure the system’s proper functioning and safety.

They ensure proper grounding to prevent electrical shocks and protect equipment.

Electricians prioritize safety by adhering to strict safety regulations, wearing personal protective equipment (PPE), and following safe work practices to prevent electrical hazards.

Additional responsibilities may include:

  • Installing low-voltage systems: This could involve installing communication systems, security systems, or audio/visual systems.
  • Working with renewable energy sources: Some electricians specialize in installing and maintaining solar panels or other renewable energy systems.

* Salary Range

$44,500 - $84,100

(entry level – experienced)

* Regional Jobs Available

1531

(3 year forecast)

Length of Training

52 hours

Type of Training

In Person

Is it Right For You?

Electricians need a combination of technical skills, problem-solving abilities, and physical attributes:

  • Technical knowledge of electrical systems: Understanding electrical theory, circuits, and components is essential.
  • Manual dexterity and hand-eye coordination: Precise control is necessary for handling tools and working with small electrical components.
  • Problem-solving skills: Identifying and troubleshooting electrical problems is a crucial aspect of the job.
  • Physical stamina and ability to work in various positions: The job can involve standing, kneeling, climbing, and working in confined spaces.
  • Good color vision: Distinguishing between different wire colors is essential for safe and accurate electrical work.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team: Electricians may work independently on smaller projects or collaborate with other tradespeople on larger construction sites.

Overall, electricians play a vital role in ensuring the safe and proper functioning of electrical systems, contributing to the comfort, convenience, and safety of various spaces we inhabit and utilize.

* Pay Range Data: Occupational Employment Wages Statistics (OEWS). 2023-Q3.
* Demand: Forecast data is based off national projections provided by the BoLS and adapted for regional growth patterns by Chmura.