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Electricians handle the preparation, installation, maintenance and repairing of electrical wiring and related devices and equipment in buildings and other structures.


  • 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.


  • Completion of secondary school is usually required.

  • Completion of an apprenticeship program or equivalent experience in the trade.

  • Trade certification for construction electricians is mandatory in most provinces.

  • Some experience may be required.


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