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What type of work do electricians perform?

The job of an electrician is to distribute and connect electrical equipment to a power source. Electricians install and maintain various types of electrical systems including lighting, motors, climate control and safety systems found in residential, commercial and industrial facilities. They also install conduit systems that contain wire to carry electricity from motor control centers or panel boards to all equipment that uses electricity.

The work of an electrician can vary, as one day they could be installing conduit and next day they could be wiring a control panel. Besides a variation of work, electricians can also work both inside and outside.

Many of the work processes of an electrician are listed below. Properly trained electricians can work on a variety of types of systems and perform different tasks such as:

  • Plan and initiate projects.
  • Install new wiring and repair old wiring.
  • Install underground power circuit and telephone feeders to entrance facilities.
  • Provide or connect to the grounding electrode system.
  • Install pathways and spaces for installation of low voltage wiring.
  • Install pathways and circuit conductors for power distribution.
  • Test, certify and troubleshoot all system wiring installations/system.
  • Provide power and controls to motor, HVAC and other equipment.
  • Install sound and cable TV distribution systems.
  • Install local area network systems.
  • Generation and energy management systems.
  • Establish temporary power during construction.


Apprenticeship Training

There is a minimum of six periods of apprenticeship. The first two periods, consisting of 1,000 on-the-job training hours each and satisfactory completion of the first year of related classroom training, shall constitute the probationary period. Successive periods will require the minimum hours of on-the-job training hours and an additional year of related classroom training.

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