An electrician is a tradesman specializing in electrical wiring of buildings, stationary machines and related equipment. Electricians may be employed in the installation of new electrical components or the maintenance and repair of existing electrical infrastructure.Electricians may also specialize in wiring ships, airplanes and other mobile platforms.
Although the skills necessary for an electrician vary from job to job, certain abilities come in handy in most areas. The DLI suggests that steady hands and strong hand-eye coordination ensure safety and precision in repairs. The department further states that colorblindness is actually a risk on the job, because of color-coding and wire identification, so good vision—particularly color vision—is a must. Electricians who work on power lines or towers must be physically fit to do so and possess a good sense of equilibrium. The BLS adds that math skills, drafting skills, and attention to detail on complex projects and schematics are good abilities for an individual to possess.
Nature of Job
An employee in this class performs skilled electrical work in the installation, alteration, repair, and maintenance of electrical equipment and wiring used in communication, light, and power systems. Assignments, supervision, and review are received from Building Maintenance Supervisor. The employee may supervise maintenance staff on a project by project basis. Performs related work as required.
Eligibility & Admission
2 years full time (4-semester)
1. Data on Job Outlook are updated on a yearly basis and are compiled from national statistics which may not reflect either regional variations or more recent changes in employment conditions.
2. Employment for Electricians to 2016-17 is expected to grow very strongly. Employment in this very large occupation (139 200 in November 2011) rose strongly in the past five years and in the long-term (ten years).
3. Electricians have a very high proportion of full-time jobs (93.8 per cent). For Electricians working full-time, average weekly hours are 41.3 (compared to 41.3 for all occupations) and earnings are above average – in the seventh decile. Unemployment for Electricians is average.
4. Electricians are employed across several industries including: Construction; Manufacturing; Other Services; and Mining.
5. The (internet) vacancy level for Electricians is high. Annually, 5.3 per cent of Electricians leave this group, creating potential job openings (this compares with 14.2% across all occupations).
6. The mix of industries employing Electricians is very favorable for employment growth prospects.