Construction Electrician

WHAT YOU DO

As a Construction Electrician, you will be putting your mind and body to work: inspecting and testing highly sensitive electrical and electronic systems, bending and stretching to install electrical gear in hard-to-reach places, and zeroing in on tiny parts.

The best action movies often come down to the wire—quite literally—as the hero hovers over a tangle of wires and debates which one to snip as the clock counts down. A Construction Electrician would know exactly what to do. While the stakes aren’t so high in an average day on the job, it’s the Construction Electricians of the world who keep the lights on, the fridge running and the music pumping.

Program details


WHAT YOU LEARN

  • How to interpret drawings, circuit diagrams and electrical code specifications
  • How to pull wire through walls and floors
  • How to splice, join and connect wires to fixtures
  • How to install and repair electrical equipment
  • How to test and repair faults in electrical systems

WHO YOU WORK FOR

As a Construction Electrician, you would most likely work for an electrical contractor on a construction site.

Types of Workplaces

  • Contractors
  • Construction Firms
  • Maintenance Departments
  • Industrial Facilities
  • Hospitals
  • School Boards

WHO YOU’LL WORK WITH

You will be paired with an experienced Electrician who will help you build your skills installing, commissioning, testing, maintaining, servicing and operating electrical systems and equipment. You will get to work with a wide variety of tools, experience many different types of job sites, and will work closely with many other tradespeople.

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Builders are

ATHLETIC, COLLABORATIVE, MATHEMATICAL, PRECISE, TACTILE

Critical Skills

  • Use of hand, power tools and testing equipment
  • Application of circuit concepts
  • Reading and interpretation of drawings and manuals
  • Installation of high and low voltage systems and electrical equipment
  • Installation of control circuits and devices
  • Installation of signal and communication systems

Earn

$58K annually
$14.00 - $39.00 hourly

Work

  • 40
  • hours per week
    mostly weekdays

A day in the life of a trade apprentice

A Builder's Story

Kirsten Libby, 20

Refrigeration & Air Conditioning Mechanic

Penticton, BC

How to get started

ITA Youth Trade Programs let you get started in a trade while you’re still in high school. That means you could be working in your field, learning from experts and earning a paycheque — all before you graduate.