Electrician (Construction & Maintenance)
Introduction
Electricians (construction and maintenance) lay out, assemble, install, test, troubleshoot and repair electrical wiring, fixtures, control devices and related equipment in buildings and other structures.
Essential Skills Requirements:
 
Safety-related Activities
Reading
Ability to read instructions and warnings written on signs, labels and packaging, e.g. read labels on electrical panels to learn about electrical shock hazards. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to read a variety of instructions and procedures, e.g. read step-by-step instructions for the installation of light fixtures and electric heaters. (Complexity: 2)
Ability to understand written instructions about equipment lockout procedures. (Complexity: 2)
Ability to read trade journals, brochures and website articles to learn about new products and stay up-to-date on new technology. (Complexity: 3 or higher)
Document Use
Ability to identify icons used in WHMIS, fire control and other hazard management systems. (Complexity: 1)
Writing
Ability to write longer texts in forms, e.g. write details about installations in change orders. (Complexity: 2)
Ability to write reports to describe events leading up to workplace accidents, e.g. write about injuries and events when completing reports for workers’ compensation boards. (Complexity: 2)
Thinking
Ability to evaluate the safety of equipment and the severity of workplace hazards. (Complexity: 2)
Ability to evaluate the severity of equipment faults by considering factors such as readings, noise levels, pressures, temperatures, vibrations and odours. (Complexity: 2)
 
Electrical Installations and Repairs
Reading
Ability to read notices and bulletins, e.g. read notices from workers' compensation boards to learn about workplace hazards and incidents. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to read safety related information, e.g. read safety rules and regulations governing fall protection and other hazards. (Complexity: 2)
Ability to read a variety of manuals to learn how to lay out, assemble, install, test, troubleshoot and repair electrical installations, such as high voltage systems and power distribution centres. (Complexity: 3 or higher)
Ability to read and interpret electrical codes, standards and regulations, e.g. read codes issued by regulatory committees, associations, safety code councils and municipal and provincial governments to learn how to complete electrical installations and repairs. (Complexity: 3 or higher)
Document Use
Ability to locate information such as dimensions and construction procedures using basic scale and assembly drawings. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to locate information such as the position of parts using simple assembly drawings. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to use checklists, e.g. use worksite procedure checklists to locate emergency contact information, voltages and other information about conditions that are unique to individual work sites. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to complete a variety of forms, e.g. enter data, such as dates, identification numbers, times, specifications and costs, to complete work orders and permits. (Complexity: 2)
Ability to interpret moderately complex flow, process and logic charts. (Complexity: 2)
Ability to use a variety of mechanical and architectural drawings, e.g. use drawings to plan the placement of equipment and the routing of electrical and control wiring. (Complexity: 3 or higher)
Ability to use complex schematic drawings, e.g. use wiring schematics for details about circuits, capacities, flows and the location of electrical fixtures to install, assemble and repair electrical installations. (Complexity: 3 or higher)
Thinking
Ability to decide the order of tasks and their priorities, e.g. decide which electrical installations to complete first. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to evaluate the condition and performance of tools and equipment. (Complexity: 2)
Ability to evaluate the quality and adequacy of the work performed. (Complexity: 2)
Digital Technology - Programming and Systems Control
Ability to install and service heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) control systems. (Complexity: 3 or higher)
Ability to install and service programmable logic controllers (PLCs) to control the speed and output of machinery. (Complexity: 3 or higher)
Digital Technology - Internet
Ability to use Internet browsers and search engines to access technical service bulletins, electrical codes, specifications and troubleshooting guides. (Complexity: 2)
Digital Technology - Other Digital Technology
Ability to use hand-held electronic devices like oscilloscopes and multimeters to locate operational data, such as electrical readings. (Complexity: 2)
 
General Administrative Duties
Reading
Ability to read text entries on forms and technical drawings, e.g. read comments on technical drawings to learn about changes to the placement of light fixtures. (Complexity: 1)
Document Use
Ability to locate data such as identification numbers and quantities in simple lists and tables. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to read labels on product packaging, equipment, drawings and panels to locate specifications, voltages, safety information and identification numbers. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to view meters and digital readouts, e.g. use electrical readings to determine the operating conditions of electrical apparatuses, such as variable frequency drives. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to enter and locate data such as job numbers, descriptions and readings in a variety of service, warranty and maintenance reports and parts and purchase orders. (Complexity: 2)
Ability to locate data such as classifications, times, temperatures and quantities in moderately complex tables. (Complexity: 2)
Writing
Ability to write short comments in log books and journals, e.g. write short comments in journals to record why tasks were not completed. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to write detailed descriptions of installation and repair procedures. (Complexity: 3 or higher)
Digital Technology - Word Processing
Ability to use word processing software to write letters to customers, prepare job estimates and generate invoices. (Complexity: 2)
Digital Technology - Spreadsheets
Ability to use spreadsheet software to track inventory and tally costs for job estimates and invoices. (Complexity: 2)
Digital Technology - Communication Software
Ability to use communication software to exchange email with customers, suppliers and help desk technicians. (Complexity: 2)
Oral Communication - Listening
Ability to understand short spoken statements such as a simple instruction or question. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to understand moderately complex spoken statements such as instructions involving multiple steps. (Complexity: 2)
Oral Communication - Speaking
Ability to ask simple questions and explain simple thoughts, instructions and opinions using appropriate language. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to explain moderately complex thoughts, instructions and opinions using appropriate tone and language. (Complexity: 2)
 
Use of Mathematics
Whole Numbers
Ability to read and write, count, round off, add or subtract, multiply or divide whole numbers, e.g. determine how many lights on a breaker, number of wires in a conduit or the size of breakers needed for a motor. (Complexity: 2)
Fractions
Ability to read and write, add or subtract fractions, multiply or divide by a fraction, multiply or divide fractions, e.g. measure using fractions of an inch. (Complexity: 2)
Decimals
Ability to read and write, round off, add or subtract decimals, multiply or divide by a decimal, multiply or divide decimals, e.g. add millimetres or centimetres to determine switch or hand dryer heights. (Complexity: 2)
Percents and Mixed Operations
Ability to use percent to locate numbers; add, subtract, multiply and divide signed numbers; complete mixed operations with whole numbers, fractions, percents and decimals. (Complexity: 2)
Data Analysis
Ability to calculate and use totals, sub-totals and basic summary measures like averages and rates; perform proportional calculations. (Complexity: 2)
Geometry - Basic Skills
Ability to analyze and draw lines and line segments; use coordinates to locate points in a plane; calculate angles; use concepts such as parallelism to solve problems. (Complexity: 2)
Geometry - Plane Figures
Ability to calculate perimeters, areas and circumferences; analyze angles and distances in triangles, rectangles and circles; analyze complex shapes into constituent plane figures. (Complexity: 2)
Geometry - Solids
Ability to calculate volumes of rectangular solids, cylinders and prisms; analyze complex volumes into constituent regular solids. (Complexity: 2)
Geometry - Advanced Tasks
Ability to analyze angles and distances in plane figures; calculate areas of other polygons; use theorem to solve problems; calculate areas and volumes of objects such as spheres, pyramids and cones. (Complexity: 2)
Measurement
Ability to measure things such as distances, weights, volumes, temperatures and angles; use and convert between Metric and Imperial measurement units. (Complexity: 2)
Algebra
Ability to construct and solve equations with one to three different variables and use common formulas. (Complexity: 2)
Trigonometry
Ability to use trigonometry to identify and calculate the unknown lengths and angles of triangles. (Complexity: 2)