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Electricians

Also called: Chief Electrician, Electrician, Journeyman Electrician, Maintenance Electrician

What they do:
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.
On the job, you would:
  • 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.

Knowledge

Engineering and Technology
  • building and construction
  • mechanical
Math and Science
  • arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics
  • physics
Arts and Humanities
  • English language
Safety and Government
  • public safety and security

Skills

Basic Skills
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem
People and Technology Systems
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different options and picking the best one
  • figuring out how a system should work and how changes in the future will affect it
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it

Abilities

Hand and Finger Use
  • keep your arm or hand steady
  • put together small parts with your fingers
Ideas and Logic
  • notice when problems happen
  • make general rules or come up with answers from lots of detailed information
Verbal
  • listen and understand what people say
  • communicate by speaking
Visual Understanding
  • see hidden patterns

Personality

People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Dependability
  • Attention to Detail
  • Integrity
  • Analytical Thinking
  • Initiative
  • Leadership

Technology

You might use software like this on the job:

Analytical or scientific software
  • Construction Master Pro software
  • Electrosoft FlashWorks
Data base user interface and query software
  • Insight Direct ServiceCEO
  • Resolve service management software
Computer aided design CAD software
  • One Mile Up Panel Planner
  • SmartDraw software

Education

Education: (rated 3 of 5)
certificate after high school or
high school diploma/GED
usually needed

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Job Outlook

Bright Outlook
New job opportunities are very likely in the future.
Salary
$49,840
per year, on average
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