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NOC Code: NOC Code: 7241 Occupation: Electricians (except industrial and power system)
Occupation Description: Occupation Description:
Electricians in this unit group 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.  Electricians in this unit group 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. 

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Essential Skills Essential Skills Levels
Reading Reading 1 2 3 4
Writing Writing 1 2 3
Document Use Document Use 1 2 3 4
Digital Technology Digital Technology 1 2 3
Oral Communication Oral Communication 1 2 3
Money Math Money Math 1 2 3
Scheduling or Budgeting and Accounting Scheduling or Budgeting and Accounting 1 2
Measurement and Calculation Measurement and Calculation 1 2 3 4
Data Analysis Data Analysis 1 2 3
Numerical Estimation Numerical Estimation 1 2
Job Task Planning and Organizing Job Task Planning and Organizing 1 2 3
Decision Making Decision Making 1 2 3
Problem Solving Problem Solving 1 2 3
Finding Information Finding Information 1 2 3
Critical Thinking Critical Thinking 1 2 3

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  • Read text entries on forms and technical drawings, e.g. read comments on technical drawings to learn about changes to the placement of light fixtures. (1)
  • Read instructions and warnings written on signs, labels and packaging, e.g. read labels on electrical panels to learn about electrical shock hazards. (1)
  • Read notices and bulletins, e.g. read notices from workers' compensation boards to learn about workplace hazards and incidents. (2)
  • Read a variety of instructions and procedures, e.g. read step-by-step instructions for the installation of light fixtures and electric heaters. (2)
  • Read "sequence of operation" notes to properly install and wire controls for mechanical apparatus. (2)
  • Read safety related information, e.g. read safety rules and regulations governing fall protection and other hazards. (3)
  • Read trade journals, brochures and website articles to learn about new products and stay up-to-date on new technology. (3)
  • Read a variety of manuals to learn how to lay out, assemble, install, test, troubleshoot and repair electrical installations, such as high voltage systems and power distribution centres. (3)
  • Read and interpret electrical codes, standards and regulations, e.g. read codes issued by regulatory committees, associations, safety code councils and municipal and provincial governments to learn how to complete electrical installations and repairs. (4)
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  • Write short comments in logbooks and journals, e.g. write short comments in journals to record why tasks were not completed. (1)
  • Write reports to describe events leading up to workplace accidents, e.g. write about injuries and events when completing reports for workers' compensation boards. (2)
  • Write longer texts in forms, e.g. write details about installations in change orders. (2)
  • Write detailed descriptions of installation and repair procedures. (3)
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Document Use
  • View meters and digital readouts, e.g. scan electrical readings to determine the operating conditions of electrical apparatuses, such as variable frequency drives. (1)
  • Read labels on product packaging, equipment, drawings and panels to locate specifications, voltages, safety information and identification numbers. (1)
  • Study checklists, e.g. study worksite procedure checklists to locate emergency contact information, voltages and other information about conditions that are unique to individual work sites. (2)
  • Complete a variety of forms, e.g. enter data, such as dates, identification numbers, times, specifications and costs, to complete work orders and permits. (3)
  • Locate data, such as specifications, classifications and material coefficients, in complex tables, e.g. interpret Canadian Electrical Code specification tables to locate the size of wire needed in relation to the length of runs and the draws of electrical fixtures. (3)
  • Study a variety of mechanical and architectural drawings, e.g. study drawings to plan the placement of equipment and the routing of electrical and control wiring. (4)
  • Study complex schematic drawings, e.g. study wiring schematics for details about circuits, capacities, flows and the location of electrical fixtures to install, assemble and repair electrical installations. (4)
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Digital Technology
  • Use hand-held electronic devices like oscilloscopes and multimeters to locate operational data, such as electrical readings. (1)
  • Use calculators and personal digital assistant (PDA) devices to complete numeracy-related tasks, such as calculating material requirements. (1)
  • Use the Internet to access and share information on industry related web forums and blogs. (2)
  • Use Internet browsers and search engines to access technical service bulletins, electrical codes, specifications and troubleshooting guides. (2)
  • Access online articles posted by suppliers, manufacturers and associations to stay current on industry trends and practices. (2)
  • Use word processing software to write letters to customers, prepare job estimates and generate invoices. (2)
  • Use spreadsheet software to track inventory and tally costs for job estimates and invoices. (2)
  • Use billing and accounting software to produce invoices and estimates and print reports, such as income and expense statements. (2)
  • Use communication software to exchange email with customers, suppliers and help desk technicians. (2)
  • Use the Internet to access training courses and seminars offered by training institutions, unions, suppliers, associations and employers. (2)
  • Install and service programmable logic controllers (PLCs) to control the speed and output of machinery. (3)
  • Install and service heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) control systems. (3)
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Oral Communication
  • Use two-way radios to communicate with workers at different worksite locations. (1)
  • Speak to suppliers to learn about products, prices and delivery schedules. (1)
  • Exchange information with co-workers and other tradespeople, e.g. talk with co-workers about project requirements and with other tradespeople, such as plumbers, to coordinate activities and schedules. (2)
  • Talk to safety and building inspectors about regulations and items that may not be in compliance with code. (2)
  • Participate in meetings, e.g. discuss safety issues and procedures during crew meetings. (2)
  • Exchange technical repair and troubleshooting information with apprentices, co-workers, colleagues and manufacturers, e.g. discuss electrical fault troubleshooting strategies with apprentices. (3)
  • Speak with customers to learn about equipment faults, explain procedures, answer questions and address complaints, e.g. explain how electrical permits are obtained. (3)
  • Exchange information with engineers, owners, architects, inspectors and other trades to ensure that work can meet scheduling and code requirements. (3)
  • Interact with co-workers regarding critical safety issues, e.g. exchange opinions about the best ways to perform dangerous tasks when completing complex installations. (3)
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Money Math
  • Calculate expense claims by totaling the costs for meals, accommodation and travel. (2)
  • Calculate amounts for estimates and invoices. Multiply hours worked by labour rates and add amounts for parts, materials, supplies and applicable taxes. (3)
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Scheduling or Budgeting and Accounting
  • Schedule the completion of tasks by considering project scopes, deadlines, lead times and the availability of labour and parts. (2)
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Measurement and Calculation
  • Take a variety of measurements using basic tools, e.g. measure distances between electrical boxes and floors. (1)
  • Calculate electrical requirements, e.g. calculate current flows, resistances and voltages to select transformers and troubleshoot their faults. (2)
  • Take precise measurements using specialized measuring instruments, e.g. use calipers to measure the inside and outside diameters of connectors. (3)
  • Calculate offsets, e.g. use vectors and trigonometric constants to calculate saddles and angles of non-standard bends. (4)
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Data Analysis
  • Compare production statistics to targets to determine adherence to schedules and timelines. (1)
  • Compare measurements of energy, dimensions, speed, temperature and torque to specifications, e.g. compare electrical readings to standard or required specifications found in operating and installation manuals. (1)
  • Calculate summary measures, e.g. calculate the average amount of power required for commercial buildings. (2)
  • Analyze multiple energy readings to evaluate electrical system functions and troubleshoot faults, e.g. use electrical measurements at several points in the circuit to analyze circuit operation. (3)
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Numerical Estimation
  • Estimate times and materials required for projects, e.g. consider project scopes and the times and materials needed for similar projects in the past. (2)
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Job Task Planning and Organizing
  • Electricians plan and organize their workday to complete work assignments. If they have to wire an area, they need to plan where to begin, i.e. either with the wiring first or installing the boxes or plugs. They plan efficient use of resources so they have the necessary materials delivered and available on time to complete the job. This involves making as few trips as possible from the job to the service truck for tools and materials. Plan efficient work methods, when tasks are repetitive, such as making a jig to produce multiples quickly. Because larger projects involve other trades, they may have to revise their work plans to integrate them with the work plans of others. (3)
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Decision Making
  • Decide order of tasks and your priorities, e.g. decide which electrical installations to complete first. (1)
  • Choose methods and materials for projects. Consider project specifications, electrical codes, costs and the availability of parts and supplies. (2)
  • Set fees for services, such as installations, repairs and inspections. Consider the services to be performed, fees charged by competing electricians and factors, such as market demand and the size of your existing customer base. (2)
  • Select equipment and suppliers, e.g. decide which brand and type of equipment to use on projects by considering specifications, costs, ease of use and personal preferences. (3)
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Problem Solving
  • Encounter technical drawings with missing specifications and errors. Report the missing specifications and errors to customers and supervisors and complete other tasks until the missing information is acquired and errors are corrected. (1)
  • Encounter obstacles to the installation of equipment and the routing of wires and cables. Search for alternative routes and review scale drawings. (2)
  • Deadlines cannot be met due to heavy workloads. Organize job tasks by priority, enlist the help of co-workers and work overtime. (2)
  • Face disruptions of work schedules, timelines and budgets when specifications are changed after projects have already started. Assist in the development of new specifications and perform other work until the projects are restarted. (3)
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Finding Information
  • Learn about safe work practices by attending safety meetings and by reading safety manuals and Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) materials. (2)
  • Refer to brochures and search Internet sites for information about new products or techniques. (2)
  • Locate project specifications by referring to technical drawings and the Canadian Electrical Code book and by speaking with customers, other tradespeople and supervisors. (2)
  • Learn how to troubleshoot and repair difficult electrical faults by reading manuals, studying electrical schematics, accessing information on web forums and blogs and by speaking with co-workers, other tradespeople, electrical engineers and manufacturers. (3)
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Critical Thinking
  • Evaluate the safety of work sites. Observe elements, such as available space to manoeuvre around construction sites, the presence of guardrails and the availability of safety equipment, such as fire extinguishers. Take note of other potential hazards, such as improperly stored tools, broken equipment and confined spaces. (2)
  • Evaluate the performance of apprentices. Consider apprentices' abilities to complete electrical installations and diagnose and troubleshoot faults. (2)
  • Evaluate the performance of electrical installations and systems. Compare data readings to normal ranges and manufacturers' specifications. Evaluate the condition of equipment for signs of defects, such as unusual vibrations, odours and energy readings. (3)
  • Evaluate the quality of your work. Compare measurements and electrical readings to specifications and physically inspect elements, such as wiring, panels and junction boxes. (3)
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