Electricians’ Helpers

Architecture & Construction > Construction

Projected Growth: Faster than average

Projected Job Openings

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Job Description

Your job is to Help electricians by performing duties requiring less skill. Duties include using, supplying or holding materials or tools, and cleaning work area and equipment.

Common job titles of Electricians’ Helpers include:

Experience and Education

Some previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is usually needed. For example, a teller would benefit from experience working directly with the public.

  • 62.45% said they needed a High School Diploma.

  • 19.83% said they needed a Post-Secondary Certificate.


    Measure, cut, and bend wire and conduit, using measuring instruments and hand tools.

    Examine electrical units for loose connections and broken insulation and tighten connections, using hand tools.

    Drill holes and pull or push wiring through openings, using hand and power tools.

    Strip insulation from wire ends, using wire stripping pliers, and attach wires to terminals for subsequent soldering.

    Requisition materials, using warehouse requisition or release forms.

    Maintain tools, vehicles, and equipment and keep parts and supplies in order.

    Perform semi-skilled and unskilled laboring duties related to the installation, maintenance and repair of a wide variety of electrical systems and equipment.

    Clean work area and wash parts.

    Transport tools, materials, equipment, and supplies to work site by hand, handtruck, or heavy, motorized truck.

    String transmission lines or cables through ducts or conduits, under the ground, through equipment, or to towers.

    Construct controllers and panels, using power drills, drill presses, taps, saws, and punches.

    Thread conduit ends, connect couplings, and fabricate and secure conduit support brackets, using hand tools.

    Dig trenches or holes for installation of conduit or supports.

    Erect electrical system components and barricades, and rig scaffolds, hoists, and shoring.

    Trace out short circuits in wiring, using test meter.

    Break up concrete, using airhammer, to facilitate installation, construction, or repair of equipment.

    Paint a variety of objects related to electrical functions.

    Raise, lower, or position equipment, tools, and materials, using hoist, hand line, or block and tackle.

    Install copper-clad ground rods, using a manual post driver.

    Disassemble defective electrical equipment, replace defective or worn parts, and reassemble equipment, using hand tools.

    Trim trees and clear undergrowth along right-of-way.

    Solder electrical connections, using soldering iron.

    Operate cutting torches and welding equipment, while working with conduit and metal components to construct devices associated with electrical functions.

    Bolt component parts together to form tower assemblies, using hand tools.


Wire wrap guns

Wire stripping pliers

Wire pullers

Wire cutters

Wire crimpers

Welding hoods


All Tools

Voltage meters

Utility knives

Two way radios


Transfer impedance meters

Tongue and groove pliers

Threading taps

Threading dies

Telescoping lighted pickups

Tapered reamers

Tape measures

Strap wrenches

Soldering irons

Side cutting pliers



Screw-holding screwdrivers




Resistance bridges

Residual current device RCD testers

Ratcheting cable cutters


Punchdown tools

Power drills

Power conduit benders

Power cable cutters

Post drivers

Polyvinyl chloride PVC cutters

Pneumatic compacting equipment

Plumb bobs

Pipe threaders


Phillips head screwdrivers

Phase rotation meters

Personal computers


Nut drivers

Notebook computers

Non-contact voltage sensors

Nibbler cutting tools


Metal locators


Manual conduit benders

Magnetic locators

Loop PSC testers

Long nose pliers

Lineman’s pliers

Line trucks

Lighted magnet pickups




Internal snap ring pliers

Insulated wrenches

Insulated socket sets

Insulated screwdrivers

Insulated pliers

Insulated nutdrivers

Insulated knives

Insulated cable cutters

Insulated bolt cutters

Infrared scanners

Inductance testers

Hydraulic conduit benders

Horizontal boring tools


Hoist trucks

Hex key sets

Heavy duty crimping tools

Heat guns


Hand operated indentors




Ground fault circuit interrupter GFCI testers


Gas leak detection devices

Fuse pullers

Fish tape pullers

External snap ring pliers

Extension lamp extractors


Electricians’ snips

Electricians’ knives

Electric manlifts

Electric impact drivers

Dump trucks

Drill presses

Double-end can socket wrenches

Digital multimeters

Diagonal cutting pliers

Desktop computers

Cutting torches

Current clamps

Crescent wrenches

Cordless drills

Continuity testers

Conduit locknut and reaming pliers

Conduit deburring tools

Compaction tampers

Circuit test meters

Circle cutters

Capacitance testers

Cable tie guns

Cable splicing knives

Cable reels

Cable lacing needles

Cable labeling machines

Cable gripping gloves

Cable cutters

Cabinet tip screwdrivers


Bucket trucks

Block and tackle equipment

Bear claw wire threaders



Automatic wire strippers



Air spades

Air compressors

Adjustable wrenches

Adjustable widemouth pliers


Computer-aided drafting or design software

Recordkeeping software

Report generation software


Active Listening

Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

Quality Control Analysis

Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.


Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Critical Thinking

Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.


Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.


Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.


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