Electricians (except industrial and power system) (NOC 7241)

Significant seasonality

Job titles

Nature of work

Electricians in this unit group lay out, assemble, install, test, troubleshoot and repair electrical wiring, fixtures, control devices and related equipment in buildings and other structures. They are employed by electrical contractors and maintenance departments of buildings and other establishments, or they may be self-employed.

Fields of interest

  • Carrying out tests or trials, process control
  • Making or building things, constructing, doing repairs, and performing installations
  • Working for yourself
  • Working with your hands

Main duties

  • Electricians in this unit group perform some or all of the following duties:
  • - Read and interpret drawings, circuit diagrams and electrical code specifications to determine wiring layouts for new or existing installations
  • - Pull wire through conduits and through holes in walls and floors
  • - Install brackets and hangers to support electrical equipment
  • - Install, replace and repair lighting fixtures and electrical control and distribution equipment, such as switches, relays and circuit breaker panels
  • - Splice, join and connect wire to fixtures and components to form circuits
  • - Test continuity of circuits using test equipment to ensure compatibility and safety of system, following installation, replacement or repair
  • - Troubleshoot and isolate faults in electrical and electronic systems and remove and replace faulty components
  • - Connect electrical power to audio and visual communication equipment, signalling devices and heating and cooling systems
  • - Conduct preventive maintenance programs and keep maintenance records.

Main characteristics of the occupation

Employment requirements

  • * Completion of secondary school is usually required.
  • * Completion of a four- to five-year apprenticeship program is usually required.
  • * Trade certification for construction electricians is compulsory in Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, Quebec, Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta and available, but voluntary, in British Columbia, the Yukon, the Northwest Territories and Nunavut.
  • * Trade certification for electricians (domestic and rural) is compulsory in Newfoundland and Labrador and Ontario.
  • * Trade certification for electrical control (machine) builders is available, but voluntary, in Ontario.
  • * Red Seal endorsement is also available to qualified construction electricians upon successful completion of the interprovincial Red Seal examination.

Skill type

  • Trades, transport and equipment operators and related occupations

Skill level

  • Technical

More information

  • * The Red Seal endorsement allows for interprovincial mobility. Additional information from Emploi-Québec: Under the Agreement on Internal Trade, a worker holding certification in a regulated trade has access to interprovincial labour mobility, whether or not the worker’s certification bears a Red Seal endorsement.
  • * Progression to supervisory positions is possible with experience.

Professional associations

  • Corporation des maîtres électriciens du Québec (CMEQ)
  • 5925, boul. Décarie
  • Montréal, QC
  • H3W3C9
  • Toll free: 1-800-361-9061
  • Phone: 514-738-2184
  • Fax: 514-738-2192
  • Email: info@cmeq.org