Profession electrician

Electricians fit and repair electrical circuits and wiring systems. They also install and maintain electrical equipment and machinery. This work can be performed indoors as well as outdoors, in nearly every type of facility.

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Personality Type

  • Realistic / Conventional

Knowledge

  • Electricity

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

  • Electrical testing methods

    Test procedures performed on electrical equipment and machinery in order to check the performance and quality of the electrical equipment and their adherence to specifications. During these tests electrical properties, such as voltage, current, resistance, capacitance, and inductance, are measured using electrical measuring equipment, such as multimeters, oscilloscopes, and voltmeters.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • Use precision tools

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

  • Keep records of work progress

    Maintain records of the progress of the work including time, defects, malfunctions, etc.

  • Work in a construction team

    Work as part of a team in a construction project. Communicate efficiently, sharing information with team members and reporting to supervisors. Follow instructions and adapt to changes in a flexible manner.

  • Inspect electrical supplies

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

  • Maintain electrical equipment

    Test electrical equipment for malfunctions. Take safety measures, company guidelines, and legislation concerning electrical equipment into account. Clean, repair and replace parts and connections as required.

  • 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.

  • Bind wire

    Bind cables or wire together using cable ties, conduit, cable lacing, sleeves, spot ties, cable clamps, or straps.

  • Install lightning protection system

    Fix the electrodes deep in the ground, fasten the metal conductors such as copper cables to the walls, and install the lightning conductor on the roof.

  • 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.

  • Install electricity sockets

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

  • Splice cable

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

  • Install electric switches

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

  • 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.

  • Resolve equipment malfunctions

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

  • 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.

  • 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 electrical equipment

    Test electrical systems, machines, and components and check electrical properties, such as voltage, current, resistance, capacitance, and inductance, using electrical testing and measuring equipment, such as a multimeter. Gather and analyse data. Monitor and evaluate system performance and take action if needed.

Optional knowledge and skills

order construction supplies use diagnostic tools for electronic repairs maintain electronic equipment solar panel mounting systems strip wire measure electrical characteristics read standard blueprints troubleshoot process incoming construction supplies inspect construction supplies write records for repairs calculate needs for construction supplies answer requests for quotation electrical wiring diagrams use specialised tools in electric repairs automation technology assemble electrical components electromechanics use sander write inspection reports cut wall chases solder electronics replace defect components assemble electronic units install circuit breakers energy performance of buildings program firmware electrical wire accessories control systems electronics repair wiring

Common job titles

  • Maintenance electrician
  • Electricians
  • Electrician
  • Electrician/ electricians helper
  • Electricians / apprentices
  • Journeyman electrician
  • Electrician a
  • Electricians needed asap
  • Assistant supervisor, electrical operations