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How Much Math do You Need to Become an Electrician?

Nov 29, 2018 11:06:11 AM

Updated June, 2021.

"So, how much math do I really need to know to become an electrician?" We get this question all the time, when we're interviewing applicants for electrician training.

Many students who are considering electrician training feel insecure about their math skills.

And it's no surprise, given the huge number of students who struggle with math in Ontario (and across Canada).

The Globe and Mail recently ran a story on how elementary students' math scores in Ontario have reached a record low.

Less than half of the province's Grade 6 students met the current standard for math performance—the worst result in years.

For most of these kids, problems with math will only get worse in high school, as the level of difficulty increases.

By the time graduation rolls around, many are totally "done" with math. They never want to see another algebraic equation or geometry question as long as they live!

Sound familiar? Have you heard that electricians use a lot of math on the job, and figure you shouldn't even bother considering this trade?

Before you make up your mind, first understand how electricians actually use math. Take a look at some common applications of math in day-to-day electrical work.

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

Jun 26, 2018 9:50:28 AM

Updated June, 2021.

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 $28/hour, or about $58, 000/year.

At the high end of the pay scale, electricians are making close to $44/hour—that's over $90, 000/year. (Salary information is based on the latest report from Statistics Canada.)

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 8 of the most important skills for successful electricians.

By the time you reach #8, 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.

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