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What's a Typical Day for a Construction Electrician?

Jun 10, 2021 12:40:28 PM

Construction electricians are the skilled tradespeople who get the lights on and the machines running.

They plan, install, upgrade, maintain, and repair the electrical systems that bring heat, light, communication, and power to all kinds of new buildings.

And the demand for their expertise is expected to grow.

According to BuildForce Canada, the construction industry in Ontario should be strong right through 2026.

It's fuelled by steady growth in new housing as well as an increase in transit, utility, healthcare, and other infrastructure projects.

Thinking about riding that wave and becoming a construction electrician? Curious about what you'd actually do at work?

In this post, we break down the most typical day-to-day tasks of construction electricians.

We also spoke with an experienced, Hamilton-based construction electrician to get his take on the career.

Find out what to expect, and see if this trade is a good choice for you.

Should You Become an Electrician? Top Pros & Cons

May 1, 2020 9:50:03 AM

Updated June, 2021

Good electricians will always be in demand. Talented sparkies are respected for their intelligence, problem-solving abilities, and technical knowledge.

However, it takes several years of training and hard work to become an electrician. And life on-the-job isn't always easy.

Do you have what it takes? Is this the right trades career for you? 

In this post we put together the most common pros and cons of becoming an electrician.  Salaryworking conditionscertification requirementsjob safety, cost of training—we cover it all. 

Find out if electrician is a good fit for you, and what steps to take next. 

Should You Become a Plumber or an Electrician? 7 Points to Consider

Oct 10, 2019 2:40:09 PM

Pre-apprenticeship students in class at Herzing College (2019)

Combined Electrician & Network Cabling: Instructor Wayne Rowley Answers Your Questions

Aug 22, 2019 11:24:43 AM
  Instructor Wayne Rowley (far left) with a class of Combined Electrician & Network Cabling students

HVAC versus Electrician: Which Skilled Trade is Better for You?

Jul 11, 2019 12:13:59 PM

If you look at skilled trade forums and discussion groups online, you'll often see debate over HVAC and electrician—and which career path is better.

It's not than one trade is actually superior to the other. It's more that they're both very popular...so students often have a hard time deciding which path to pursue.

In this post, we're breaking down the benefits of both trades. To help you make a smart decision, we'll look at training, key skills, job outlook, and typical pros and cons of HVAC and electrician work.

In the end, it will come down to which field you're more passionate about. But we're hoping this information helps clarify a few things. Let's get started.

Would You Make a Good Electrician? 7 Questions to Consider

Mar 1, 2019 9:38:56 AM

You've heard that electricians make a good salary, and enjoy steady demand in Ontario. You've looked into some trades programs, and think electrician could be a good fit for you.

What Are Your Career Options as an Electrician?

Jan 29, 2019 1:59:47 PM

Photo: Electrician students at Herzing College in Toronto (2019)

Updated June, 2021.

Exactly what kinds of work or areas of specialty can you purse after electrician training? Is there more to this trade than routine wiring installation and repairs?

Absolutely. After you've completed electrician training, there are a wide range of career paths open to you. It all depends on your individual strengths, preferences, and career goals.

What kind of environment do you want to work in? Are you fixed on avoiding outdoor work? Are you especially interested in electronics, computers, renewable energy, or telecommunications?

In this post, we're comparing electrician career paths to help you see what's out there.

Certain paths require additional training. Others are directly related to the skills you'll learn in a typical construction and maintenance electrician program.

Here's a look at some of your top options, plus some helpful information on training.

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.

7 Excellent Reasons to Choose Electrician Training

Nov 7, 2018 5:32:39 PM

Updated May 2021.

Think you'd like to learn a skilled trade and leaning toward becoming an electrician? How can you be sure this career is right for you? 

There are a few obvious things to consider when making your decision.

There's your natural interests—you want to choose a trade that genuinely appeals to you.

And there's the practical side—what you'd actually be good at, given your temperament and raw talents.

And then there are factors like demand for the trade where you live, salary, and employment options.

In this post, we make it easy for you to decide.

We rounded up all the best reasons to choose an electrician career. Find out why electrician is such a popular trade and how to get started with training.

4 Good Reasons to Combine Electrician & Network Cabling Training

Jul 25, 2018 12:48:22 PM
Photo: Electrician inspecting the cabling connection of a high voltage power electric line in an industrial distribution fuseboard

Updated February 2021

With the construction industry booming and large numbers of older workers retiring, the time is right to begin a career in the skilled trades.

While there is currently high demand for many occupations related to construction, new grads still have to compete for great jobs.

So, choosing to learn two trades is an excellent strategy for maximizing your opportunities in the job market.

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