Working as an electrician, there are many varied roles and responsibilities that accompany this career. To begin, a licensed electrical contractor must hire a pre-apprentice before starting an electrical apprenticeship. For an Ontario apprenticeship, this process will take 4-5 years as all electrical apprentices are required to accumulate 9,000 working hours on the job site and another 36 weeks of additional apprenticeship training. Once this is completed to the Ministry of Training, Colleges and University’s (MTCU) standard, electrical apprentices’ are now able to write their journeyman licensing exam and obtain their Certificate of Qualifications (CoQ).
Once this electrical apprenticeship process is complete, electricians can be expected to perform a number of tasks:
- Connecting wires to circuit breakers, transformers or other components.
- Repairing or replacing wiring, equipment and fixtures, using hand tools and power tools.
- Assembling, installing, testing and maintaining electrical or electronic wiring, equipment, appliances, apparatus and fixtures, using hand tools and power tools.
- Testing electrical systems and continuity of circuits in electrical wiring, equipment and fixtures, using testing devices such as ohmmeters, voltmeters and oscilloscopes, to ensure compatibility and safety of system.
- Planning layout and installation of electrical wiring, equipment and fixtures, based on job specifications and local codes.
- Inspecting electrical systems, equipment and components to identify hazards, defects and the need for adjustment or repair and to ensure compliance with codes.
More too, working as an electrician involves many skills such as reading comprehension, analytical sense to troubleshoot problems and determine the case of operating issues and the best course of action to correct that issue while exercising good judgment and decision-making to consider all relevant costs and benefits of potential actions.
Electrical journeymen can also earn a Red Seal endorsement while obtaining their Certificates of Qualification (CoQ) by passing their licensing exam with 70 per cent and over. By passing the Interprovincial Examination and earning the Red Seal, this gives these trade professionals the qualifications necessary to work in all provinces and territories in Canada without further examination. Currently, there are 52 trades currently recognized under the Canadian Red Seal program. Ultimately, an Interprovincial Standards Red Seal can be obtained in the trades designated as Red Seal by:
- Graduating from a recognized provincial or territorial apprenticeship training program; or
- Meeting requirements established by the provincial or territorial apprenticeship authority; or
- Having the time and experience working in a Red Seal trade assessed to qualify to write the Red Seal examination.
- Passing the interprovincial standards Red Seal examination for that trade