Electricians install new electrical systems and test, replace, upgrade and service existing systems in all types of buildings and structures. There is also growing demand for specialized work with controls, fibre optics and communication and computer networks.

You like working with digital programs.

You can interpret blueprints.

You have strong math skills.


  • Read and interpret blueprints, maps, drawings and specifications
  • Test and measure voltage, loads, ground faults integrity of circuits
  • Install power generation, stand-by power generation and power conditioning systems
  • Connect power to audio and visual equipment
  • Renovate electrical systems in residential and commercial structures
  • Conduct preventive maintenance programs

Key Skills & Attributes

(technical training and on the job)

  • Reading, communication & numeracy skills
  • Problem-solving /planning skills
  • Hand-eye coordination
  • Physical fitness
  • Work experience with electrical equipment & digital technology programs

What You’ll Need

Entrance Requirements

  • Grade 11 (regular or GED) Science 20
  • Math (One of: Math 20, Workplace & Apprenticeship
  • Math 20, Foundations of Math 20 or Pre-Calculus 20)
  • English language requirement

Apprenticeship Program:
Includes technical training, on-the-job training and exam. Journeyperson certificate awarded after successful completion. As an apprentice, you also earn while you learn.

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Hourly Pay

Contact the local union for more information on hourly pay, benefits, pensions and more.

Projected Retirement

8,700 +  Projected construction worker retirements in the next decade

*BuildForce Canada

Did You Know?

You can work indoors or outdoors. You can be self-employed or work with others such as electrical contractors, building maintenance departments and others.