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Electricians are skilled workers who maintain a safe and reliable supply of power to our homes, businesses, and institutions throughout Canada.

Electicians work in one of the most in demand skilled trades in Canada. You could perform a variety of electrician jobs such as installing, repairing and upgrading electrical services, wiring a new building, completing small projects for homeowners or working in industrial settings. You could be an industrial, maintenance or construction electrician or an outdoor lineworker, maintaining hydro lines.

what electrician jobs entail

As an electrician, you may have to work at heights, in small or uncomfortable spaces or in inclement weather. You typically work full-time and may work indoors or outside. You usually get an early start between 6 and 8 a.m. You may need to work overtime in the case of emergency situations. You will likely report to a foreman, supervisor or project manager.

average electrician salaries

Depending on where you work as an electrician in Canada, you’ll make between $22 and $38 per hour (up to $80,000 annually) with experienced workers and those in large metropolitan areas at the higher end of the scale.

As an apprentice electrician, you’ll start at the entry pay level, but you’ll receive on-the-job training with the benefit of earning as you learn. Electrician salaries vary depending on the project, company, collective agreements and local economic conditions. The good news is that the current demand for skilled workers is creating an upward pressure on wages and salaries for electricians.

your day to day tasks

As an electrical worker, you could have a great variety of tasks depending on the type of project you are working on. You could work at a large construction site, a business, an institution or a residence. You may do any of the following tasks:

  • diagnosing faulty electrical systems and repairing them
  • planning, measuring, and creating job specifications
  • creating estimates, quoting on the cost of materials and labour
  • following plans, instructions, drawings, and procedures
  • installing wiring, lighting, fixtures, electrical panels and other materials
  • testing electrical systems to ensure compliance with codes
  • reinstalling finishing materials and cleaning

where you can work

With the average age of Canada’s electricians hovering around 50 years old, there will soon be a huge exodus of skilled workers from the job market. Because electricity is needed in every developed or developing area in Canada, a qualified electrician or apprentice can work just about anywhere in the country. You can work in industries such as construction, mining, oil, and gas, or film production, to name a few.

Currently, the shortage of electricians extends nationwide, but the strongest opportunities are in construction jobs in western cities such as Victoria, Edmonton, Calgary, Regina, and southwest Saskatchewan.

what you bring to the table

If you're considering becoming an electrician, you enjoy technical or mechanical tasks and making things work. Your aptitude is complemented by your desire to learn and understand complex ideas. You also enjoy or are good at problem solving. Your abilities include:

  • strength, manual dexterity and the desire to work with your hands
  • physical fitness, endurance, ability to stand for long periods
  • mechanical aptitude and ability to use hand and power tools
  • ability to create and interpret plans using language and math skills
  • willingness to learn and take direction

training and certifications

To become a licensed electrician you must complete an electrical apprenticeship, which normally lasts about four or five years. Like any of the skilled trades, you will need at least a high school diploma. Proficiency in language and math skills is required. Apprenticeship hours may be reduced if you are given credit for related courses, such as electronics or mechanical drawing.

Electrical worker unions, which sponsor apprenticeship programs, could require you to complete a pre-apprentice program to be accepted into an apprenticeship. Check with a union local or apprenticeship council in your area.

where your career is headed

After becoming a licensed electrician, you might broaden your opportunities by choosing a specialty, such as working with fiber-optic cable and local area networks. You could become a foreman, estimator, safety inspector or project manager. With further training or a university degree, you could become an instructor or electrical engineer.

After many years of experience, you might decide to start your own electrical contracting firm to enjoy the freedom of setting your own hours and choosing the projects that interest you.

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