So, you think you might want to be an Electrician?

Like making sparks? Watch a day in the life of an Electrician and discover the skills you need for this trade.

Job Description

Electricians work in a wide variety of buildings and facilities – on everything from lighting and climate control systems, to communication equipment and thousands of other specific tools and devices. An Electrician’s work involves: assembling, installing, commissioning, testing, maintaining, servicing and operating electrical systems and equipment.

If you want to be an Electrician, you could choose to work in the Construction Sector in either residential or commercial construction projects. Electricians are also employed after the fact as part of maintenance departments at most large institutions such as, hospitals, schools, universities and other public and private facilities. Electricians can also be employed in the Resource Sector at large-scale industrial facilities such as pulp mills, hydroelectric dams, and mining and smelting operations. And they can be employed in the Transportation Sector servicing marine vessels, aircrafts and different types of ground transportation such as railway cars, heavy-duty machinery and forklifts.

Electricians also need a good understanding of the many applications of electricity, and must ensure that building codes and other safety requirements are followed.

Look below to find out which sectors of BC’s economy you can work in if you pursue this trade.

Red Seal Trade
Industry Training Authority (ITA)
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For more information on how much Electricians make, the expected number of future job openings, where the jobs are and the current workforce opportunities specifically for this trade, visit the Work BC Career Profile here.

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