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Career Information: Electrician

Specialty Electrician

Official Resource National Electrical Contractors Association

Short Definition
Electricians install, maintain, repair, test and commission electrical and electronic equipment and systems for industrial, commercial and domestic purposes. Electricians may also work on electrical transmission and distribution equipment.

Expanded Information
Electricians may perform the following tasks:

  • read electrical, architectural and mechanical diagrams, drawings or specifications to determine job requirements
  • plan the layout of wiring systems
  • test for, locate and repair electrical malfunctions
  • install electrical and electronic control systems
  • assemble and fabricate electrical and electronic components and appliances
  • connect electrical equipment to power supplies
  • maintain automated production processes.

With experience and possibly some business training, electricians may specialise as electrical contractors, who order materials, organise staff to meet customer needs and carry out other tasks associated with running a business. Electricians may install insulated cables and connect switches, outlets and other fittings; connect circuit breakers, transformers, motors, heaters and other electrical equipment; install electrical equipment such as storage heaters, water heaters, electric signs, switchboards, motors and other electrical equipment.