Most Electricians are employed in full-time positions. Some positions may fluctuate with seasonal economic conditions. Although this is not a unionized profession, individuals may become members of a union depending on their place of employment.
In this occupation, Electricians are required to perform light physical work which may involve lifting loads between 5 to 10 kilograms. Upper limb co-ordination, as well as manual and finger dexterity, is important when pulling wires through holes in walls and floors and when splicing, joining and connecting wires to fixtures. In the performance of daily tasks, Electricians may be required to bend, stoop, kneel and crouch. Good vision and the ability to discriminate between colors are important.
Electricians work in an inside environment which may or may not be regulated. They may also work outside. An unregulated environment may include locations where temperatures and humidity are considerably different from normal room conditions. Electricians are exposed to hazards on a regular basis as they deal with electricity. Other hazards include dangerous equipment, machinery, tools and work in dangerous locations. Discomforts include noise and non-toxic dusts.
Individuals may be employed with electrical contractors, maintenance departments or they may start their own business and become self-employed.
There are often specific abilities, aptitudes and knowledge that are prerequisites to obtain employment in an occupation.
Most employers who advertise are looking for workers who have the following experience and skills:
Install, replace and repair electrical controls and panel boxes. Splice, join and connect wires. Troubleshoot and isolate faults. Test and measure voltage, loads, ground faults integrity of circuits.
Instruct apprentices. Read and interpret blueprints, drawings and specifications. Keep maintenance reports and documentation.
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