Electrician

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.

Job Outlook through 2024

Employment Current: 23,370
Employment Projected: 26,610
Percentage Change: 13.9%

Education/Training

Training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.

Sample Job Titles

  • Chief Electrician
  • Control Electrician
  • Electrician
  • Industrial Electrician
  • Inside Wireman
  • Journeyman Electrician
  • Journeyman Wireman
  • Maintenance Electrician
  • Mechanical Trades Specialist, Electrician
  • Qualified Craft Worker, Electrician (QCW, Electrician)

Duties

  • 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.

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.
  • 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.

Average Wages in PA

Entry Level: $38,330
Average: $60,160
Experienced: $71,070