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Electricians in this unit group lay out, assemble, install, test, troubleshoot and repair electrical wiring, fixtures, control devices and related equipment in buildings and other structures. They are employed by electrical contractors and maintenance departments of buildings and other establishments, or they may be self-employed.
apprentice electrician, construction electrician, construction electrician apprentice, domestic and rural electrician, electrician.
- 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 audio and visual communication equipment, signalling devices and heating and cooling systems
- Conduct preventive maintenance programs and keep maintenance records.
Barrie, Cambridge, Guelph, Kitchener, Orillia, Waterloo, Bradford West Gwillimbury, Collingwood, Innisfil, Midland, New Hamburg, New Tecumseth, Orangeville, Penetanguishene, Port McNicoll, Shelburne, Alliston, Ayr, Beeton, Buena Vista Park, Cardwell, Cookstown, Cumberland Beach, Elmira, Elmvale, Purple Hill, Rockcut, Rockwood, Starrview Acres, St. Jacobs, Tottenham
Outlook & Prospects for Electricians (Except Industrial and Power System) in Kitchener--Waterloo--Barrie Region
The future forecast and current conditions for an occupation can vary based on location or due to changes in the economy, technology, or demand for a product or service.
Local Employment Potential Information
|Location||Employment Potential||Release Date|
|Kitchener--Waterloo--Barrie Region||<Not assigned>||2012-11-21|
Compared to other occupations, this is not a significant occupation in this region.
Employment prospects for electricians in Ontario are expected to be good over the period of 2012-2013. It is one of the larger skilled trades occupations in Ontario, with more than half of workers located in the Toronto and Hamilton-Niagara economic regions. According to the 2006 Census there were close to 25,000 electricians in Ontario, an increase of more than 10% from the previous census. The demand for skilled workers in this occupation is sensitive to economic conditions in the construction sector; about 85% of electricians work in this industry. As the province continues to recover from the recent recession, demand is expected to strengthen. Major utilities projects are expected to support an extended period of strong employment growth in the trade.
Technological change continues to have a strong influence on the occupation. The trend toward energy conservation through the use of solar panels, motion sensors and power saving lighting, and the upgrading and retrofitting of older facilities are stimulating the demand for electricians. Changes in electrical wires used in the residential and commercial sector require electricians to possess extensive knowledge of different types of wiring used for voice, data, and video. Pre-fabricated parts that were once assembled by electricians now require less time for installation and may limit employment opportunities. Electricians with a masters licence will have the best opportunities.
Local Labour Market News
Week of Apr 22 – Apr 26, 2013
- Groves Memorial Community Hospital in Wellington received $5.5M from the provincial government to continue work on the design of the new hospital
Week of Apr 15 – Apr 19, 2013
- Graham Construction of Mississauga was awarded a design-build contract for the new Canadian Forces Military Police Academy building at Canadian Forces Base Borden. The $54M project expects to create 173 jobs and to be completed in 2015.
- Construction started on a $3.1M roundabout project in Cambridge, which is expected to take three months to complete
Week of Mar 25 – Mar 29, 2013
- The Georgian Bay General Hospital began constructing a 6,000-sq.-ft. addition to the emergency department in Midland. The project is expected to be completed next spring at a total cost of $5M.
Week of Mar 04 – Mar 08, 2013
- Triovest Realty Advisors Inc. and Intermarket Developments Inc. have started construction on the Waterloo Corporate Campus. Two of the office buildings are scheduled for completion in the fall of 2013.
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