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Projected Job Openings

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Job Description

Your job is to 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.

Common job titles of Electricians include:

Experience and Education

Previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required for these occupations. For example, an electrician must have completed three or four years of apprenticeship or several years of vocational training, and often must have passed a licensing exam, in order to perform the job.

  • 59.48% said they needed a Post-Secondary Certificate.

  • 17.69% said they needed a High School Diploma.


    Plan layout and installation of electrical wiring, equipment, or fixtures, based on job specifications and local codes.

    Direct or train workers to install, maintain, or repair electrical wiring, equipment, or fixtures.

    Inspect electrical systems, equipment, or components to identify hazards, defects, or the need for adjustment or repair, and to ensure compliance with codes.

    Perform business management duties, such as maintaining records or files, preparing reports, or ordering supplies or equipment.

    Repair or replace wiring, equipment, or fixtures, using hand tools or power tools.

    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.

    Connect wires to circuit breakers, transformers, or other components.

    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.

    Diagnose malfunctioning systems, apparatus, or components, using test equipment and hand tools to locate the cause of a breakdown and correct the problem.

    Assemble, install, test, or maintain electrical or electronic wiring, equipment, appliances, apparatus, or fixtures, using hand tools or power tools.

    Work from ladders, scaffolds, or roofs to install, maintain, or repair electrical wiring, equipment, or fixtures.

    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.

    Fasten small metal or plastic boxes to walls to house electrical switches or outlets.

    Prepare sketches or follow blueprints to determine the location of wiring or equipment and to ensure conformance to building and safety codes.

    Construct or fabricate parts, using hand tools, according to specifications.

    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.

    Install ground leads and connect power cables to equipment, such as motors.

    Advise management on whether continued operation of equipment could be hazardous.

    Provide assistance during emergencies by operating floodlights or generators, placing flares, or driving needed vehicles.

    Maintain current electrician's license or identification card to meet governmental regulations.


Wire wrap guns

Wire strippers

Wire loop pullers

Wire hand caddies

Wire dollies

Wire dispensers

Wire cutters

All Tools

Wire crimping tools

Wire crimpers


Wheeled wire dispensers

Welding hoods




Volt tick meters

Utility knives

Utility cable cutters

Universal stripping tools

Two way radios

Truck cranes

Transfer impedance meters

Torpedo levels

Tongue and groove pliers

Tin snips

Threading dies

Test lamps

Terminal crimpers

Tension gauges

Telescoping lighted pickups

Tapping tools

Tapered reamers

Tape measures

Tap sets

Tablet computers

Strap wrenches

Staple guns

Square shank screwdrivers

Soldering tools

Single reel cable trailers

Side cutting pliers


Self-adjusting insulation strippers

Screw-holding screwdrivers


Safety glasses

Round shank screwdrivers


Resistance bridges

Razor knives

Ratcheting pipe wrenches

Ratchet crimper kits

Punchdown tools

Pump pliers

Programmable logic controllers PLC

Polyvinyl chloride PVC cutters

Phillips head screwdrivers

Phase rotation meters

Personal computers



Nut drivers

Notebook computers

Non-contact voltage detectors

Nibbler cutting tools

Needlenose pliers




Metal locators



Magnetic locators

Lineman’s pliers

Lighted magnet pickups

Laser printers

Laser plumb bobs


Internal snap ring pliers

Insulated wrenches

Insulated socket sets

Insulated screwdrivers

Insulated pliers

Insulated nutdrivers

Insulated cable cutters

Insulated bolt cutters

Inspection mirrors

Infrared scanners

Inductance testers

Hydraulic punching tools

Hydraulic presses

Hydraulic conduit benders

Hole saws

High-leverage side cutting pliers

High-leverage diagonal cutting pliers

High-leverage cable cutters

Hex key sets

Heavy duty longnose pliers

Heat guns

Hard hats


Hammer drills



Ground fault circuit interrupter GFCI testers


Gas leak detection devices

Fuse pulling equipment

Frequency meters

Fish tape pullers

Feeler gauges

External snap ring pliers

End wire strippers

End cutting pliers

Electricians’ scissors

Electric conduit benders

Drill bit sets

Double-end can socket wrenches


Diagonal cutting pliers

Desktop computers

Depth gauges

Cutting torches

Current clamps

Crescent wrenches

Cordless drills

Continuity coaxial testers

Conduit measuring tapes

Conduit locknut and reaming pliers

Conduit levels

Conduit fitting and reaming screwdrivers

Conduit deburring tools

Conduit benders

Coaxial cable cutters

Claw hammers

Clamp-on ammeters

Circular saws

Circuit tracers

Circuit testers

Channel lock pliers

Channel lock crimping tools

Capacitance testers

Cable tie guns

Cable splicing knives

Cable sheath strippers

Cable lacing needles

Cable labeling machines

Cable jacket strippers

Cable gripping gloves

Cable cutters

Cable butt trimmers

Cable benders

Cabinet tip screwdrivers

Butane soldering irons

Bucket trucks

Bear claw wire threaders




Automatic insulation strippers


Allen wrenches

Air compressors

Adjustable wrenches


Computer aided design CAD software

One Mile Up Panel Planner


Supervisory control and data acquisition SCADA software

Adobe Acrobat

Construction Master Pro

Craftsman CD Estimator

All Technologies

Electrosoft FlashWorks

Elite Software E-Coord

Elite Software Inpoint

Elite Software Outpoint

Elite Software Short

Elite Software VDROP

Insight Direct ServiceCEO

Lighting calculation software

Resolve Systems Service Management

Sage 300 Construction and Real Estate

Shafer Service Systems

Socrates Contractor’s Library

SoftEmpire Electrical Calculations

Wonderware InTouch



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


Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.

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.

Critical Thinking

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

Judgment and Decision Making

Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.


Installing equipment, machines, wiring, or programs to meet specifications.


Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Active Learning

Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.


Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.


Teaching others how to do something.

Complex Problem Solving

Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

Equipment Maintenance

Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.

Quality Control Analysis

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

Reading Comprehension

Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.


Using mathematics to solve problems.

Learning Strategies

Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.


Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

Equipment Selection

Determining the kind of tools and equipment needed to do a job.

Operation Monitoring

Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

Operation and Control

Controlling operations of equipment or systems.

Systems Analysis

Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.

Systems Evaluation

Identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system.

Time Management

Managing one's own time and the time of others.


See details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).

Sensory Abilities › Visual Abilities › Near Vision

Listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Oral Comprehension

Match or detect differences between colors, including shades of color and brightness.

Sensory Abilities › Visual Abilities › Visual Color Discrimination

Imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.

Cognitive Abilities › Spatial Abilities › Visualization

Communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Oral Expression

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