Electricians install, maintain, and repair electrical wiring, equipment, and fixtures
Are you sitting in a cold, dark room right now? If not, thank an Electrician.
Why Should You Consider This Career?
That's $3,300 per bi-weekly paycheck
That's 2000 new jobs in Utah per year (30% growth)
Less Physical                                         More Physical
Less Training                                          More Training
More Structure                                     Less Structure
Control Electrician, Electrician, Industrial Electrician, Inside Wireman, Maintenance Electrician, Mechanical Trades Specialist, Wireman

Install, maintain, and repair electrical wiring, equipment, and fixtures. Ensure that work is in accordance with relevant codes. May install or service street lights, intercom systems, or electrical control systems.

At A Glance in US
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398,000 (35%)
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398,000 (35%)
398,000 (35%)
Control Electrician, Electrician, Industrial Electrician, Inside Wireman, Maintenance Electrician, Mechanical Trades Specialist, Wireman
A Typical Day Icon

Your Typical Day:

  • Plan layout and installation of electrical wiring, equipment, or fixtures, based on job specifications and local codes.
  • Connect wires to circuit breakers, transformers, or other components.
  • Test electrical systems or continuity of circuits in electrical wiring, equipment, or fixtures, using testing devices, such as ohmmeters, voltmeters, or oscilloscopes, to ensure compatibility and safety of system.
  • Use a variety of tools or equipment, such as power construction equipment, measuring devices, power tools, and testing equipment, such as oscilloscopes, ammeters, or test lamps.
  • Inspect electrical systems, equipment, or components to identify hazards, defects, or the need for adjustment or repair, and to ensure compliance with codes.
  • Prepare sketches or follow blueprints to determine the location of wiring or equipment and to ensure conformance to building and safety codes.
  • Diagnose malfunctioning systems, apparatus, or components, using test equipment and hand tools to locate the cause of a breakdown and correct the problem.
  • Work from ladders, scaffolds, or roofs to install, maintain, or repair electrical wiring, equipment, or fixtures.
  • Advise management on whether continued operation of equipment could be hazardous.
  • Maintain current electrician's license or identification card to meet governmental regulations.
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Your Responsibilities

  • Plan layout of construction, installation, or repairs.
  • Install electrical components, equipment, or systems.
  • Test electrical equipment or systems to ensure proper functioning.
  • Inspect electrical or electronic systems for defects.
  • Create construction or installation diagrams.
  • Repair electrical equipment.
  • Communicate with other construction or extraction personnel to discuss project details.
  • Thread wire or cable through ducts or conduits.
  • Update job related knowledge or skills.
  • Direct construction or extraction personnel.
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Knowledge You Will Learn

  • Building and Construction

Knowledge of materials, methods, and the tools involved in the construction or repair of houses, buildings, or other structures such as highways and roads. 83/100

  • Mechanical

Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance. 82/100

  • Mathematics

Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications. 73/100

  • Design

Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models. 69/100

  • English Language

Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar. 69/100

  • Public Safety and Security

Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions. 63/100

  • Customer and Personal Service

Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction. 60/100

  • Administration and Management

Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources. 58/100

  • Physics

Knowledge and prediction of physical principles, laws, their interrelationships, and applications to understanding fluid, material, and atmospheric dynamics, and mechanical, electrical, atomic and sub-atomic structures and processes. 54/100

  • Education and Training

Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects. 50/100

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Tools of the Trade

  • Stripping tools
  • Wire or cable cutter
  • Voltage or current meters
  • Cable reels
  • Wire lug crimping tool
  • Circuit tester
  • Conduit benders
  • End cut pliers
  • Retaining ring pliers
  • Hex keys
  • Cable accessories
  • Fish tape
  • Levels
  • Soldering iron
  • Power drills
  • Metal detectors
  • Diagonal cut pliers
  • Locking pliers
  • Linemans pliers
  • Magnetic tools
  • Pipe or tube cutter
  • Bandsaw wheel
  • Ammeters
  • Manlift or personnel lift
  • Tape measures
  • Wire cutters
  • Nibblers
  • Impedance meters
  • GFI circuit testers
  • Wire wrapping tool
  • Fuse pullers
  • Hydraulic press frames
  • Phasemeters
  • Nut drivers
  • Blow torch
  • Bolt cutters
  • Calibrated inductance coils or boxes
  • Banders
  • Socket sets
  • Welding masks
  • Articulating boom lift
  • Gas detectors
  • Protective gloves
  • Gas generators
  • Capacitance meters
  • Plumb bobs
  • Stamping dies or punches
  • Specialty wrenches
  • Inspection mirror
  • Longnose pliers
  • Electrical frequency meters
  • Label making machines
  • Punches or nail sets or drifts
  • Conventional truck cranes
  • Offset socket wrenches
  • Calibrated resistance measuring equipment
  • Drill bit set
  • Spot welding machine
  • Open end wrenches
  • Threading taps
  • Tapping machine attachment
  • Track excavators
  • Deburring tool
  • Insulated screwdriver
  • Adjustable widemouth pliers
  • Thermographs
  • Hand reamer
  • Pipe wrenches
  • Claw hammer
  • Cable splicing kits
  • Microcontrollers
  • Tensiometers
  • Power saws
  • Tinners snips
  • Hacksaw
  • Two way radios
  • Multimeters
  • Wattmeters
  • Depth gauges
  • Staple guns
  • Ladders
  • Micrometers
  • Air compressors
  • Hard hats
  • Ohmmeters
  • Respirators
  • Awls
  • Razor knives
  • Scaffolding
  • Hammers
  • Safety glasses
  • Tongue and groove pliers
  • Utility knives
  • Notebook computers
  • Circuit tracers
  • Laser printers
  • Threading die hand tool
  • Shears
  • Screwdrivers
  • Hole saws
  • Desktop computers
  • Adjustable wrenches
  • Feeler gauges
  • Heat guns
  • Strap wrenches
  • Needlenose pliers
  • Personal computers
  • Winches
  • Megohmmeters
  • Oscilloscopes
  • Backhoes
  • Tablet computers
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