Electricians (Except Industrial and Power System) (7241)

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

  • Making or building things, constructing, doing repairs, and performing installations
  • 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

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Electricians (Except Industrial and Power System) (7241)

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, Saskatchewan, Alberta, British Columbia, Nunavut, the Northwest Territories and the Yukon, and available, but voluntary, in Manitoba.
  • * Trade certification for electricians (domestic and rural) is mandatory in Quebec and Ontario, and available, but voluntary, in Newfoundland and Labrador.
  • * Interprovincial trade certification (Red Seal) is also available to qualified construction electricians.

Skill type

  • Trades, transport and equipment operators and related occupations

Skill level

  • Technical

More information

  • * Progression to supervisory positions is possible with experience.
  • * Red Seal trade certification allows for interprovincial mobility.

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