Electricians

At a Glance

Median Salary
$54,454
Local Jobs
2,241
Entry-Level Education
Certification

Occupation Profile

Install, maintain, and repair electrical wiring, equipment, and fixtures. Ensure that work is in accordance with relevant codes. May install or service street lights, intercom systems, or electrical control systems.

By The Numbers

Median Annual Earnings

$54,454

Median Annual Earnings are the midpoint earned by 50 percent of workers who are the lowest paid and 50 percent of workers who are the highest paid in a particular occupation

Local Jobs

2,241

Jobs are any position in which a worker provides labor in exchange for monetary compensation (note: one individual may hold multiple jobs)

Entry-Level Education

Certification

This is the most common education level requested in entry-level job listings.

Daily Tasks

  • Prepare sketches or follow blueprints to determine the location of wiring or equipment and to ensure conformance to building and safety codes.
  • Place conduit, pipes, or tubing, inside designated partitions, walls, or other concealed areas, and pull insulated wires or cables through the conduit to complete circuits between boxes.
  • Work from ladders, scaffolds, or roofs to install, maintain, or repair electrical wiring, equipment, or fixtures.
  • Use a variety of tools or equipment, such as power construction equipment, measuring devices, power tools, and testing equipment, such as oscilloscopes, ammeters, or test lamps.
  • Assemble, install, test, or maintain electrical or electronic wiring, equipment, appliances, apparatus, or fixtures, using hand tools or power tools.
  • Connect wires to circuit breakers, transformers, or other components.
  • Maintain current electrician’s license or identification card to meet governmental regulations.
  • Plan layout and installation of electrical wiring, equipment, or fixtures, based on job specifications and local codes.
  • Test electrical systems or continuity of circuits in electrical wiring, equipment, or fixtures, using testing devices, such as ohmmeters, voltmeters, or oscilloscopes, to ensure compatibility and safety of system.
  • Direct or train workers to install, maintain, or repair electrical wiring, equipment, or fixtures.
  • Diagnose malfunctioning systems, apparatus, or components, using test equipment and hand tools to locate the cause of a breakdown and correct the problem.
  • Inspect electrical systems, equipment, or components to identify hazards, defects, or the need for adjustment or repair, and to ensure compliance with codes.
  • Install ground leads and connect power cables to equipment, such as motors.
  • Advise management on whether continued operation of equipment could be hazardous.
  • Repair or replace wiring, equipment, or fixtures, using hand tools or power tools.
  • Construct or fabricate parts, using hand tools, according to specifications.
  • Perform business management duties, such as maintaining records or files, preparing reports, or ordering supplies or equipment.
  • Fasten small metal or plastic boxes to walls to house electrical switches or outlets.
  • Provide preliminary sketches or cost estimates for materials or services.
  • Perform physically demanding tasks, such as digging trenches to lay conduit or moving or lifting heavy objects.

Occupational Skills

What skills are necessary for Electricians?

Hard Skills

Blueprinting
Circuit Breakers
Electrical Equipment
Electrical Systems
Electrical Wiring
Hand Tools
Network Switches
Power Tool Operation
Safety Standards
Transformers (Electrical)

Soft Skills

Communications
Customer Service
Management
Multitasking
Operations
Problem Solving
Professionalism
Troubleshooting (Problem Solving)
Valid Driver's License
Writing

Hard skills are specific, learnable, measurable, often industry- or occupation-specific abilities related to a position.

Soft skills can be self-taught and usually do not necessitate a certain completed level of education. They are essential in many industries and occupations.

Education Programs

Del Mar College

Electricians

Type
Credential
Hours
Online
Financial Aid
Credit/CE
AAS Degree/L1/L2/OSA
60/45/30/13
No
Yes

Norm Walters

Del Mar College
361-698-1725
nwalters@delmar.edu

Coastal Bend College

Residential Electrician

Type
Credential
Hours
Online
Financial Aid
Certificate
cred
hrs
Yes
No

Braden Becknell

Coastal Bend College
361-354-2768
bbecknell@coastalbend.edu

Coastal Bend College

Electrical Technician

Type
Credential
Hours
Online
Financial Aid
Certificate
cred
hrs
Yes
No

Braden Becknell

Coastal Bend College
361-354-2768
bbecknell@coastalbend.edu

Craft Training Center

Electrical Apprenticeship

Type
Credential
Hours
Online
Financial Aid
CTE
cred
hrs
No
No

Janel Wilson

Craft Training Center
(361) 289-1636 ext. 307
jwilson@ctccb.org
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