Electricians install and repair electrical wiring and
related equipment in buildings. Because electricity is
used for a variety of purposes, including climate
control, security and communications, electricians need
to be proficient in many applications of electricity.
They are employed by electrical contractors, maintenance
departments of large institutions such as hospitals or
industrial plants, or they may be self-employed.
Electrician apprentices are included in this group.
Electricians work on new construction sites and on
renovations to existing buildings. They ensure that all
electrical connections are safe and meet the electrical
Electricians interpret architectural drawings and
electrical code specifications at construction sites.
They install lighting fixtures and electrical equipment
as well as connect electrical wire to fixtures and
components to form circuits, according to the plans.
Also, they test circuits to ensure the compatibility and
safety of systems. In many cases, they are called on to
troubleshoot faults in electrical and electronic systems
as well as to connect sound and visual communication
equipment, signaling devices and heating and cooling
systems. At some sites, they conduct preventive
Education and Training Requirements for an
To work as an electrician in B.C., it is necessary to
hold a Certificate or Qualification in the trade, or be
registered in a four-year apprenticeship that will lead
to qualification. The Industry Training and
Apprenticeship Commission (ITAC) recommends that all
secondary school students planning to become an
apprentice complete a grade 12 education that includes
appropriate English, mathematics and science courses.