Electricians’ Helpers

Architecture & Construction > Construction

Projected Growth: Faster than average

11400+
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:
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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.

Tasks

    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.

Tools

Wire wrap guns

Wire stripping pliers

Wire pullers

Wire cutters

Wire crimpers

Welding hoods

Welders

All Tools

Voltage meters

Utility knives

Two way radios

Trenchers

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

Shears

Screwdrivers

Screw-holding screwdrivers

Scaffolding

Saws

Respirators

Resistance bridges

Residual current device RCD testers

Ratcheting cable cutters

Punches

Punchdown tools

Power drills

Power conduit benders

Power cable cutters

Post drivers

Polyvinyl chloride PVC cutters

Pneumatic compacting equipment

Plumb bobs

Pipe threaders

Picks

Phillips head screwdrivers

Phase rotation meters

Personal computers

Ohmmeters

Nut drivers

Notebook computers

Non-contact voltage sensors

Nibbler cutting tools

Multimeters

Metal locators

Megohmmeters

Manual conduit benders

Magnetic locators

Loop PSC testers

Long nose pliers

Lineman’s pliers

Line trucks

Lighted magnet pickups

Levels

Ladders

Jackhammers

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

Hoists

Hoist trucks

Hex key sets

Heavy duty crimping tools

Heat guns

Handtrucks

Hand operated indentors

Hammers

Hacksaws

Growlers

Ground fault circuit interrupter GFCI testers

Generators

Gas leak detection devices

Fuse pullers

Fish tape pullers

External snap ring pliers

Extension lamp extractors

Excavators

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

Bulldozers

Bucket trucks

Block and tackle equipment

Bear claw wire threaders

Backhoes

Awls

Automatic wire strippers

Ammeters

Airhammers

Air spades

Air compressors

Adjustable wrenches

Adjustable widemouth pliers

Technologies

Computer-aided drafting or design software

Recordkeeping software

Report generation software

Skills

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.

Speaking

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.

Troubleshooting

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

Repairing

Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.

Abilities

No abilities found

Knowledge

English Language

Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

Mechanical

Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

Building and Construction

Knowledge of materials, methods, and the tools involved in the construction or repair of houses, buildings, or other structures such as highways and roads.

Design

Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.

Physics

Knowledge and prediction of physical principles, laws, their interrelationships, and applications to understanding fluid, material, and atmospheric dynamics, and mechanical, electrical, atomic and sub- atomic structures and processes.

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