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Electricians install, maintain, and repair electrical wiring, equipment, and fixtures. Ensure that work is in accordance with relevant codes. May install or service street lights, intercom systems, or electrical control systems.
WHAT YOU'LL DO
- Plan layout and installation of electrical wiring, equipment, or fixtures, based on job specifications and local codes.
- Connect wires to circuit breakers, transformers, or other components.
- Test electrical systems or continuity of circuits in electrical wiring, equipment, or fixtures, using testing devices, such as ohmmeters, voltmeters, or oscilloscopes, to ensure compatibility and safety of system.
- Use a variety of tools or equipment, such as power construction equipment, measuring devices, power tools, and testing equipment, such as oscilloscopes, ammeters, or test lamps.
- Inspect electrical systems, equipment, or components to identify hazards, defects, or the need for adjustment or repair, and to ensure compliance with codes.
SKILLS & ABILITIES REQUIRED
- Problem Sensitivity — The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
- Deductive Reasoning — The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
- Inductive Reasoning — The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
- Near Vision — The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
- Oral Comprehension — The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
TOOLS OF THE TRADE
- Cable reels — Single reel cable trailers; Wheeled wire dispensers; Wire dollies; Wire hand caddies
- Stripping tools — Cable jacket strippers; Self-adjusting insulation strippers; Universal stripping tools; Wire strippers
- Voltage or current meters — Non-contact voltage detectors; Test lamps; Volt tick meters; Voltmeters
- Wire lug crimping tool — Ratchet crimper kits; Terminal crimpers; Wire crimpers; Wire crimping tools
- Wire or cable cutter — Cable cutters; High-leverage cable cutters; Insulated cable cutters; Utility cable cutters
AT A GLANCE
AVERAGE ANNUAL WAGE
The average annual wage is $52,700 or $25.35/hour.
Annual salaries range betweeen $31,800 and $90,420.
JOB OPENINGS (THROUGH 2026)
DEMAND (THROUGH 2026)
EDUCATION & TRAINING REQUIRED
On average, 59% had a post-secondary certificate. Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree. Employees in these occupations usually need one or two years of training involving both on-the-job experience and informal training with experienced workers.