Electrician: A Day in the Life

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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:

  1. Graduating from a recognized provincial or territorial apprenticeship training program; or
    1. Meeting requirements established by the provincial or territorial apprenticeship authority; or
    2. Having the time and experience working in a Red Seal trade assessed to qualify to write the Red Seal examination.
    3. Passing the interprovincial standards Red Seal examination for that trade

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9 thoughts on “Electrician: A Day in the Life”

  1. My names Johnny and I just finished the 3 monthPAT Electrical program. It was great. Befor my education at PAT nobody wanted to take me on as an apprentice. I called many electrical buisnesses out of the phone book and they all rejected me. Now with my certificates and knowledge I could be working as soon as this monday.

  2. My expieriences at PAT Institute were great! I’ve met a lot of great people that I now call freinds and also have gained great contacts. I now feel confident to work in the field with all the hands-on practice I’ve recieved. The instructors and all the staff are very helpful and try their best to get you to succeed in your goals. I now look forward to starting my career in the trade, Thanks PAT.

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  4. Just finished the combined programmed on Electrical and Network Cabling, I am glad i have found P.A.T, For the past 6 months i have met Individuals from different walks of life,The Staff are great, Instructors are very good mentors, they always teach you to be positive and always on your best behavior, and when you possessed this abilities no doubt it will take you to the right direction, not to mention the access to the merit job boards. Right after the combined program i have two job offers and i’m sure if i will bring these hands -on experience to the job with positive attitude i will be good in any of my future endeavor.

  5. Previously people mostly become an expert as an electrician without any degree or certificates but now more guidance and scope is there to make people expert in it. Thanks for these information . This will help in getting brief idea on how to start career.

  6. In Regina we’ve seen a huge boom in the trades, electricians included. It’s now a better option here to go to a college, get your ticket and start your own shop than going to University and becoming a white collar professional. I think the trades are a great option for people to get into, if only our schools could get more students through faster. Cool read.


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