Job description Electrician in Canada

Find out what work is like for an electrician in Canada. This work description is applicable to all Electricians (except industrial and power system) (NOC 72200).

Electricians (except industrial and power system)


Electricians (except industrial and power system) lay out, assemble, install, test, troubleshoot and repair electrical wiring, fixtures, control devices and related equipment in buildings and other structures. They are employed by electrical contractors and maintenance departments of buildings and other establishments, or they may be self-employed. Apprentices are also included in this unit group.

Work week duration

Electricians (except industrial and power system) usually work between 35 to 40 hours per week.
Between 35 to 40 hours

Job duties

Here are some of the main activities and tasks that Electricians (except industrial and power system) have to perform, and some of the physical demands they involve:

  • 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.

Physical demands Help - Physical Demands

  • Handling material manually
  • Standing
  • Bending or twisting the body
  • Making repetitive motions
  • Climbing

Workplaces and employers

Here are the typical workplaces where Electricians (except industrial and power system) are employed and some of their main characteristics:

  • Electrical contractors
  • Maintenance departments of buildings and other establishments
  • Self-employed

Work environment Help - Physical Work Environment

  • Standard safety equipment
  • Hazardous conditions
  • Indoors, not environmentally controlled
  • Sound and noise
  • Skin injury
  • Outside, exposed to weather
  • High places
  • Hazardous equipment, machinery, tools
  • Extremely bright or inadequate lighting

Physical proximity from others Help - Physical proximity from others

  • Close (at arm’s length)

Related job titles

Here are some other related job titles that are found in the same occupational category (NOC 72200), and a list of similar occupations:

  • apprentice electrician
  • construction electrician
  • construction electrician apprentice
  • domestic and rural electrician
  • electrician

Similar occupations Help - Similar occupations

Sources Occupational and Skills Information System & National Occupational Classification

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