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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.

    Work Activities
    • Plan layout and installation of electrical wiring, equipment, or fixtures, based on job specifications and local codes.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • Inspect electrical systems, equipment, or components to identify hazards, defects, or the need for adjustment or repair, and to ensure compliance with codes.
    • Prepare sketches or follow blueprints to determine the location of wiring or equipment and to ensure conformance to building and safety codes.
    • Diagnose malfunctioning systems, apparatus, or components, using test equipment and hand tools to locate the cause of a breakdown and correct the problem.
    • Work from ladders, scaffolds, or roofs to install, maintain, or repair electrical wiring, equipment, or fixtures.
    • Advise management on whether continued operation of equipment could be hazardous.
    • 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.
    • Maintain current electrician's license or identification card to meet governmental regulations.
    • Direct or train workers to install, maintain, or repair electrical wiring, equipment, or fixtures.
    • Repair or replace wiring, equipment, or fixtures, using hand tools or power tools.
    • Install ground leads and connect power cables to equipment, such as motors.
    • Assemble, install, test, or maintain electrical or electronic wiring, equipment, appliances, apparatus, or fixtures, using hand tools or power tools.
    • Provide assistance during emergencies by operating floodlights or generators, placing flares, or driving needed vehicles.
    • Perform business management duties, such as maintaining records or files, preparing reports, or ordering supplies or equipment.
    • Provide preliminary sketches or cost estimates for materials or services.
    • Fasten small metal or plastic boxes to walls to house electrical switches or outlets.
    • Construct or fabricate parts, using hand tools, according to specifications.
    • Perform physically demanding tasks, such as digging trenches to lay conduit or moving or lifting heavy objects.
    Skills
    • 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.

    WorkKeys®
    Applied Math
    4
    Workplace Documents
    4
    Graphic Literacy
    4
    Abilities
    • Problem Sensitivity

      The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.

    • Deductive Reasoning

      The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.

    • Inductive Reasoning

      The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).

    Knowledge
    • 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.

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    Pay
    • Ohio Annual Salary $50,280/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage $24.17/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage
    Ohio Employment Trends
    • Currently Employed 24,520
    • Yearly Projected Openings 2,990
    Typical Education
    Personality
    Realistic: People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They do well at jobs that need:
    • Dependability
    • Attention to Detail
    • Integrity
    • Analytical Thinking
    • Initiative
    • Leadership
    Tools
    • Wire or cable cutter
    • Voltage or current meters
    • Stripping tools
    • Screwdrivers
    • Cable reels
    Technology
    • Word processing software
    • Spreadsheet software
    • Data base user interface and query software
    • Computer aided design CAD software
    • Analytical or scientific software
    Tags
    • InDemand occupations are considered a priority by the state of Ohio.
    • Green occupations are jobs that contribute to energy conservation, development of alternative energy, reducing pollution, or recycling.
    • Apprenticeships are available for this occupation. These programs can help you get hands-on experience and build your skills.