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Top 8 Skills You'll Need to Become an Electrician: Is This Trade for You?

Jun 26, 2018 9:50:28 AM

Updated April 2022

Should you become an electrician? If you look at it from an employment and salary angle, the answer is easy.

Electricians have been in steady demand across Ontario for the past several years—and the trend is expected to continue.

Construction projects in Ontario cities are creating plenty of jobs for electricians. Government is investing in education, healthcare, and transit building projects, and there are many condos going up in urban centres throughout the province.

Salaries for electricians are also going strong. The median wage for electricians in Ontario right now is $29 per hour, or about $60,300 a year.

At the high end of the pay scale, electricians are making $45 per hour—that's over $93,000 a year. (Salary information is based on the latest report from the Government of Canada Job Bank.)

But it's not all about money.

To do well in electrician training, and feel happy in your career, you'll need a certain set of professional and personal skills.

So let's take a look at eight of the most important skills for successful electricians.

By the time you reach number eight, you'll have a much better idea of whether this trade is right for you (plus some helpful links and steps to take next). Let's get started.

What's Your Role as a Construction Electrician? Duties, Key Skills & Career Outlook

Mar 8, 2018 12:47:44 PM

 

If you're the type of person who likes solving problems and is curious about how mechanical things work, you should consider pursuing a career as an electrician.

These skilled technicians are responsible for creating the wiring that powers our society, from our homes and workplaces to the lights on our streets.

Not only is it an important occupation for keeping our modern lives running smoothly and safely, but an electrician career also offers excellent job security and employment prospects.

8 Safety Precautions Every Electrician Student Should Know

Nov 29, 2017 9:53:40 AM

Updated June, 2021

Did you know that the voltage and available electrical current in a regular home or business has enough power to cause death by electrocution?

The truth is, all electrical systems have the potential to cause harm. Your body is a natural conductor of electricity, and is vulnerable to electrical shocks and burns.

These include thermal burns that affect both the external skin and internal tissues—and arc blasts that can cause your lungs to collapse, or muscles to contract, causing a serious fall.

Direct contact with energized conductors or circuit parts can interfere with the brain, make it difficult to breath, or even stop your heart.

Working with electricity is serious business!

If you're taking electrician training, or about to begin an apprenticeship, these are 8 essential safety measures to know and respect.

Starting Your Own Business After Electrician Training: Pros, Cons & Key Steps

Oct 3, 2017 11:16:29 AM

Being your own boss sounds ideal, right? Many people pursue trades training in the hopes of one day opening their own business.

Electrician students are no different. There is tremendous opportunity in specialty contracting, and if you have the right skillset, there's no limit to how successful you can become as an entrepreneur.

Domestic, Industrial & Commercial Electrician: What's the Difference?

Aug 22, 2017 4:06:40 PM

Planning to enroll in an electrician program? Have you given any thought to what environment you'd like to work in, or areas in which you'd like to specialize, as you progress in your career?

Electricians work in several different domains: domestic, commercial, and industrial.  Each path comes with its own unique challenges, technical demands, and specialized skills.

7 Signs of Bad Wiring: Guide for Students in Electrician Training

May 8, 2017 10:34:46 AM

Faulty electrical wiring is a leading cause of property damage and serious injury due to fire.  In fact, 20% of all fires in Canada are caused by bad wiring—brought on by poor maintenance and incorrectly installed components.

Overly confident homeowners attempting DIY electrical projects is one part of the problem. Another issue is lack of knowledge regarding wiring safety procedures and danger signs.

5 Common Home Electrical Problems You'll Solve After Electrician Training

Dec 5, 2016 8:21:21 AM

 

Top 3 Reasons to Pursue a Combined Electrician + Network Cabling Program

Jan 26, 2016 4:04:07 PM

With the high demand for workers in today's construction world, being a genuinely skilled “jack-of-all-trades” can really maximize your earning potential. Construction sites are full of specialists: carpenters, plumbers, and other types of craft workers who have mastered a particular skillset - but they can’t necessarily switch roles and perform tasks from another skill area.

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