Electricians are responsible for a wide range of tasks, from installing and maintaining electrical wiring and equipment to troubleshooting electrical performance problems and repairing faults. Becoming an electrician is a promising career, as everyone needs electrical services, whether it's for building a new home or for maintenance. Electricians must be able to read technical and wiring diagrams, including blueprints, and comply with local state regulations and the national electrical code. In addition to installation and maintenance, electricians can also install or service street lights, intercom systems or electrical control systems.
They plan the design and installation of electrical wiring, equipment or accessories based on job specifications and local codes. Electricians must also be flexible with their work schedule, as they may have to complete emergency races when needed. To become an electrician, you must enter an apprenticeship program. Requirements for electricians apprenticeship programs vary across Canada.
During the program, you will learn the skills necessary to become an electrician, such as safety knowledge that will keep you and everyone else protected. After completing four years of job training through an apprenticeship program, most electricians start out as “official electricians”. When electricians get calls about high energy bills, “vampire devices” are often the first thing they see as possible culprits. Self-employed electricians often work in residential construction and can set their own schedule.
Most of their work is done indoors, although some electricians install outdoor transport equipment, motors, circuit breakers, and monitoring devices. Electricians may also find opportunities for promotion to supervisor or other roles in project management. There are many special types of electricians, including residential electricians who install wiring and solve electrical problems in homes and in-house electricians who maintain and repair control systems, motors and electrical equipment in enterprises and factories. Electricians prepare, assemble, install, test, troubleshoot and repair electrical wiring, accessories, control devices, and related equipment in all types of buildings and other structures.
During troubleshooting, electricians can also use ammeters, voltmeters, thermal scanners, and cable testers to detect problems and ensure that components are working properly. Electricians may also need additional math classes because they solve mathematical problems on the job. Because electricians work with colored wires, they cannot be color blind which can be a physical limitation for some people. Experienced electricians can work with engineers and building architects to help design electrical systems for new construction. Many employers are already struggling to find qualified candidates so electricians should be able to choose from favorable opportunities.