Electrician – Residential and Rural

TQAA, Compulsory Certified Trade


Electricians lay out, assemble, install, replace, repair and connect lighting fixtures, electrical control, fire alarm and electrical distribution equipment such as switches, relays and circuit breaker panels. They read and interpret drawings and electrical code specifications to determine wiring layouts, connect wires to fixtures to form circuits and connect electrical power to sound and visual communication equipment. They also diagnose faults in systems and components and test them for proper function.

  • 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 sound and visual communication equipment, signalling devices and heating and cooling systems

Personal Qualities

  • Grade 10 education or ministry-approved equivalent (many employers recommend Grade 12)
  • Completion of a four to five year apprenticeship program
  • In Ontario, trade certification is mandatory to work in this trade
  • To be successful, you will need communication, planning and problem-solving skills
  • Recommended high school courses include: English, mathematics, physics, design technology, construction technology
  • You may be required to work in cramped areas or at considerable heights
  • You may have to work outside at various times of the year
  • You have the stamina to be on your feet for long periods of time
  • You are extremely safety conscious
  • You are in good physical condition and are able to carry materials
  • Review Essential Skills profile for additional qualities required http://www.hrsdc.gc.ca/eng/workplaceskills/essential_skills/general/home.shtml

Career Opportunities

  • Small, medium and large companies (including electrical contractors) employ electricians on a variety of projects
  • Most electricians (domestic & rural) work in residential construction
  • Electricians (domestic & rural) do union and non-union work

Educational/Training Requirements

  • The minimum entry for apprenticeship is Grade 10 however, many employers may require Grade 12
  • Completion of a 4 year apprenticeship progam at 1,800 hours per year
  • If you have completed 7,200 hours of on the job experience/training but have not completed the Apprenticeship Program you may be eligible to challenge the Certificate of Qualification
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