Electricians

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About the Job

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.

It is also Called

  • Wiring Mechanic
  • Wirer
  • Wire Hanger
  • Trouble Shooter I
  • Traffic Signal Technician
  • Traffic Signal Mechanic
  • Test Worker
  • Test Man
  • Television Antenna Installer
  • Switchboard Installer
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What They Do

  • Provide preliminary sketches or cost estimates for materials or services.
  • Provide assistance during emergencies by operating floodlights or generators, placing flares, or driving needed vehicles.
  • Perform physically demanding tasks, such as digging trenches to lay conduit or moving or lifting heavy objects.
  • Construct or fabricate parts, using hand tools, according to specifications.
  • Fasten small metal or plastic boxes to walls to house electrical switches or outlets.
  • Perform business management duties, such as maintaining records or files, preparing reports, or ordering supplies or equipment.
  • Assemble, install, test, or maintain electrical or electronic wiring, equipment, appliances, apparatus, or fixtures, using hand tools or power tools.
  • Install ground leads and connect power cables to equipment, such as motors.
  • Repair or replace wiring, equipment, or fixtures, using hand tools or power tools.
  • Direct or train workers to install, maintain, or repair electrical wiring, equipment, or fixtures.

Interests

People who work in this occupation generally have the interest code: IA.

This means people who work in this occupation generally have Investigative interests, but also prefer Artistic environments.

Work Values

People who work in this occupation generally prize Independence, but also value Support and Achievement in their jobs.

Things They Need to Know

  • 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.
  • Mechanical - Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Design - Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.

Things They Need to Be Able to Do

  • Troubleshooting - Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
  • Repairing - 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.
  • Installation - Installing equipment, machines, wiring, or programs to meet specifications.
  • Instructing - Teaching others how to do something.

Additional Resources


Preparation Required

Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.

Wages

In 2016, the average annual wage in California was $68,130 with most people making between $35,560 and $106,090

Outlook

3.25%
avg. annual growth

During 2014, this occupation employed approximately 58,400 people in California. It is projected that there will be 77,400 employed in 2024.

This occupation will have about 1,900 openings due to growth and about 890 replacement openings for approximately 2,790 total annual openings.