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michael hamilton

on 5 March 2014

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Career Research Assignment
• Oversee required inspections of electrical systems to ensure compliance with Ontario Electrical Standards Act.
• Read and interpret drawings, blueprints, schematics and electrical code specifications to determine layout of industrial electrical equipment installations.
• Install, examine, replace or repair electrical wiring, receptacles, switch boxes, conduits, feeders, fibre-optic and coaxial cable assemblies, lighting fixtures and other electrical components as needed.
• Test electrical and electronic equipment and components for continuity, current, voltage and resistance.
• Update and log electrical changes.
• Maintain needed spares and purchase material in the most cost effective manner.
• Complete interface to CNC equipment.
• Coordinate with all plant services and contractors as required.
• Train and direct electrical employees and ensure they perform to required standards.
Working Conditions

Electricians may be involved in construction or maintenance, or do a variety of electrical work. Electricians usually work a 40-hour, five-day week plus overtime when required. Especially in construction, there may be no guarantee of permanent work. Working conditions can change dramatically from one job to another, varying from indoors in clean conditions to outdoors on scaffolding, to indoors in cramped conditions.

There is some risk of injury from accidental electric shock.

Electricians install, alter, repair and maintain electrical systems designed to provide heat, light, power, control, signal or fire alarms for all types of buildings, structures and premises.

In general, electricians:

read and interpret electrical, mechanical and architectural drawings and electrical code specifications to determine wiring layouts
cut, thread, bend, assemble and install conduits and other types of electrical conductor enclosures and fittings
pull wire through conduits and holes in walls and floors
position, maintain and install distribution and control equipment such as switches, relays, circuit breaker panels and fuse enclosures
install, replace, maintain and repair electrical systems and related electrical equipment
install data cabling
splice, join and connect wire to form circuits
test circuits to ensure integrity and safety
install and maintain fibre optic systems
install, replace, maintain and repair renewable power sources and related equipment
Some electricians specialize in specific types of installations:

residential (housing developments)
commercial (office buildings)
institutional (hospitals)
industrial (plants, factories)
For more information regarding tasks and activities, please review the Trade Regulation
General wages
Electricians are paid differently depending on which sector they work in. According to the 2009 Labour Force Survey, the median hourly wage—meaning half of the people in this occupation earned less than this amount and half earned more—in rural, domestic, and construction was $25.00; industrial sector, $30.00; and power systems, $32.00.
Average wages differed similarly, at $25.20, $29.60, and $31.80 respectively. The average electrician makes between approximately $52,000 to $70,000.
Things to consider:
Apprentice electricians make a percentage of their employer’s standard wage until they complete 9,000 hours of work and become journeyperson-level electricians. In Ontario, you’ll only earn 40% during the first period of training. The good news is that your pay increases by 10% as you gain more experience. So while it’s a bonus to get paid while you learn, you won’t make very much during those first few years.
As is the case with many professions, electricians tend to make more in urban areas than rural ones.
Pay varies depending on geographical location. Currently, the highest hourly average wages are earned in Calgary and Edmonton, Alberta at $29.85, and the lowest are earned in Fredericton, New Brunswick at $20.58.
Electricians who are members of trade unions tend to earn better wages than those who do not.
• Technical school training and has completed the apprenticeship program.
• Licensed electrician (309A or 442A).
• Minimum two years of experience.
• Ability to take information from pre-maintenance work orders to determine the location and the kind of work to be done. Read schematic drawings in order to troubleshoot and repair equipment.
• Ability to troubleshoot and determine resolutions when encountering malfunctions in equipment. Using established troubleshooting sequences, check a series of possibilities, which include establishing whether or not equipment is plugged in, or looking at diagnostic schematics on computer to pinpoint location and nature of problem.
• Ability to interact with production crews to co-ordinate repairs to their equipment and discuss work orders with supervisors. Talk to operators about equipment and machinery breakdowns using technical language with several operators, drawing detailed information from each and providing complex instructions to avoid similar breakdowns.
• Ability to take measurements using high voltage testing equipment. Use formulas from the Electrical Code to determine sizes of cables needed when sizes of motors and the lengths of cable runs are known.
• Ability to work independently as well as work in a team setting that includes other trades people and professionals to install, repair and maintain electrical systems and equipment.
• Ability to seek out information via databases to find out whether or not a problem with a specific piece of equipment has been experienced elsewhere in the facility. Use computer-assisted design, manufacturing and machining
• Receive in-house safety training to update certifications such as Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS), Transportation of Dangerous Goods (TDG), First Aid and Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR). Learn about new equipment on the job by reading manuals and through hands-on experience.
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