Profession building electrician

Building electricians install and maintain electricity cables and other electrical infrastructure in buildings. They make sure installed electrical equipment is isolated and presents no fire hazards. They understand existing situations and make improvements if called for.

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Personality Type

  • Realistic / Investigative
  • Realistic / Conventional

Knowledge

  • Electrical wiring plans

    Pictorial representation of an electrical circuit. It shows the components of the circuit as simplified shapes, and the power and signal connections between the devices. It gives information about the relative position and arrangement of devices and terminals on the devices, to help in building or servicing the device. A wiring diagram is often used to troubleshoot problems and to make sure that all the connections have been made and that everything is present.

  • Electricity

    Understand the principles of electricity and electrical power circuits, as well as the associated risks.

  • Building systems monitoring technology

    Computer-based control systems that monitor mechanical and electrical equipment in a building such as HVAC, security and lighting systems.

Skills

  • Inspect electrical supplies

    Check electrical supplies for damage, moisture, loss or other problems.

  • Use precision tools

    Use electronic, mechanical, electric, or optical precision tools for precision work.

  • Install electrical and electronic equipment

    Install equipment which is dependent on electric currents or electromagnetic fields in order to work, or equipment to generate, transfer or measure such currents and fields. This equipment includes switchboards, electric motors, generators or direct current systems.

  • Install electric switches

    Prepare wires for installation in a switch. Wire the switch. Install it securely in the right location.

  • Install electricity sockets

    Install electricity sockets into walls or sub-floor compartments. Isolate all electric cables in the socket to prevent accidents.

  • Inspect construction supplies

    Check construction supplies for damage, moisture, loss or other problems before using the material.

  • Test procedures in electricity transmission

    Perform tests on powerlines and cables, as well as other equipment used for the transmission of electrical power, in order to ensure the cables are well insulated, the voltage can be controlled well, and the equipment is compliant with regulations.

  • Follow health and safety procedures in construction

    Apply the relevant health and safety procedures in construction in order to prevent accidents, pollution and other risks.

  • Use measurement instruments

    Use different measurement instruments depending on the property to be measured. Utilise various instruments to measure length, area, volume, speed, energy, force, and others.

  • Work ergonomically

    Apply ergonomy principles in the organisation of the workplace while manually handling equipment and materials.

  • Resolve equipment malfunctions

    Identify, report and repair equipment damage and malfunctions; communicate with field representatives and manufacturers to obtain repair and replacement components.

  • React to events in time-critical environments

    Monitor the situation around you and anticipate. Be ready to take quick and appropriate action in case of unexpected events.

  • Splice cable

    Join and weave electric and communications cable and trunk lines together.

  • Use safety equipment in construction

    Use elements of protective clothing such as steel-tipped shoes, and gear such as protective goggles, in order to minimise risk of accidents in construction and to mitigate any injury if an accident does occur.

  • Test electronic units

    Test electronic units using appropriate equipment. Gather and analyse data. Monitor and evaluate system performance and take action if needed.

Optional knowledge and skills

work in a construction team maintain electrical equipment install construction profiles demonstrate products' features assemble electronic units write inspection reports keep personal administration assemble electrical components cut wall chases repair wiring use sander solar panel mounting systems solder electronics calculate needs for construction supplies install lightning protection system maintain electronic equipment process incoming construction supplies order construction supplies electronics troubleshoot install circuit breakers replace defect components automation technology energy performance of buildings answer requests for quotation electromechanics program firmware keep records of work progress