Electricians install new electrical systems and test, replace, upgrade and service existing systems. Growing demand for specialization can also call for work with controls, fiber optics and communication and computer networks.
Skills include: document use; digital technology; problem solving; good communication and reading skills; physical fitness and being good with your hands; a knack for math and working with mechanical things; and figuring out plans.
To be certified as an Electrician, you usually need to complete a four- to five-year apprenticeship program. Once you successfully complete the required on-the-job training, technical training and exams, you are awarded a journeyperson certificate.
As a certified Electrician you may write the Interprovincial Exam to qualify for the Interprovincial Standards’ Red Seal. With a Red Seal, you can work as an Electrician anywhere in Canada.
To ensure your skills are current as an Electrician, you should keep up with new technology developments by reading, speaking with other Electricians and attending upgrading seminars.