Electrician, Construction and Maintenance

Electrician — Construction & Maintenance Trades Qualification and Apprenticeship Act
Compulsory Trade
Designated Red Seal Trade Trade Code 309A
NOC 7241


  • Read and interpret drawings, circuit diagrams and electrical code specifications to determine wiring layouts for new or existing installations; pull wire through conduits and through holes in walls and floors
  • Install brackets and hangers to support electrical equipment
  • Install, replace and repair lighting fixtures and electrical control and distribution equipment, such as switches, relays and circuit breaker panels
  • Splice, join and connect wire to fixtures and components to form circuits
  • Test continuity of circuits using test equipment to ensure compatibility and safety of system following installation, replacement or repair
  • Troubleshoot and isolate faults in electrical and electronic systems and remove and replace faulty components
  • Connect electrical power to sound and visual communication equipment, signalling devices and heating and cooling systems
  • Conduct preventive maintenance programs and keep maintenance records

Personal Qualities

  • You may be required to work in cramped areas or at considerable heights
  • You may work outside at various times of the year in a range of environmental conditions
  • You have the stamina to be on your feet for long periods of time
  • You are extremely safety conscious
  • You are in good physical condition and are able to carry materials
  • Review Essential Skills profile for additional skills required www.hrsdc.gc.ca/eng/workplaceskills/LES/index.shtml

Career Opportunities

  • Small, medium and large companies (including electrical contractors) employ electricians on a variety of projects in the residential, commercial and industrial sectors
  • Some companies specialize in one of the following sectors: residential, commercial, industrial or institutional
  • Some large industries employ maintenance electricians
  • Many electricians have their own business

Educational/Training Requirements

  • The minimum entry for apprenticeship is Grade 10, however many employers and unions want at least Grade 12
  • Completion of a 5 year apprenticeship program at 1,800 hours per year
  • If you have completed 9,000 hours of on the job experience/training but have not completed the Apprenticeship Program you may be eligible to challenge the Certificate of Qualification

Training Availability

Regional OYAP Training

Durham College – Whitby Campus Whitby, ON
Trade Related Programs

Electrical Technician – Instrumentation and Control
Durham College – Whitby Campus
1610 Champlain Avenue
Whitby ON L1N 6A7
905-721-3300 durhamcollege.ca Apprenticeship Training Durham College – Whitby Campus
1610 Champlain Avenue
Whitby ON L1N 6A7
905-721-3300 Fleming College 599 Brealey Drive
Peterborough ON K9J 7B1
705-749-5530 1-866-353-6464 www.flemingc.on.ca

Humber College – North Campus
Toronto, ON www.humber.ca/

Potential Earnings

  • Apprentices progress initially from 40% to 80% of journeyperson’s wages over time
  • Wages 1 for junior apprentices range from $15 – $18 and journeypeople $33 – $37 an hour, excluding overtime.

Prospects For Employment

  • Ratio for journeyperson/apprentice is 1:1 or 3:1
  • Employment 1 is expected to be good through 2018
  • Employment opportunities are linked to the economy and are somewhat cyclical

Financial Incentives

  • Employers who employ first, second and third year apprentices can apply for the Apprenticeship Training Tax Credit
  • Employers who employ first and second year apprentices can apply for the Apprenticeship Job Creation Tax Credit
  • Apprentices are able to apply for the Apprenticeship Incentive Grant
  • Apprentices may also be able for the Tradesperson’s Tools Tax Deduction
  • Apprentices who complete their apprenticeship and earn their Certificate of Qualification are eligible for the Apprenticeship Completion Grant