What does a Electrician (Domestic & Rural) (309C) do?

Domestic & Rural Electricians lay out, assemble, repair, maintain, connect, and test electrical fixtures, apparatus, control equipment, and wiring in just about every type of residential and commercial building you can imagine.

Job Related Skills, Interests and Values

  • Reading and interpreting drawings and electrical code specifications
  • Splicing and connecting wire to fixtures and components to form circuits; testing and troubleshooting the circuits to ensure that systems operate safely
  • Pulling wire through conduits and holes in walls and floors
  • Effectively communicating with supervisors and other skilled tradespeople as an active member of the team
  • Working on a variety of different projects and tasks

What Preparation and Training Do You Need?

  • Grade 10 is the legal minimum, but high school diploma is usually required
  • Co-op, OYAP, or technical courses are an advantage; current secondary students may benefit from Construction Specialist High Skills Major program
  • Completion of 7,200-hour apprenticeship, including on-the-job and in-school training
  • Completion of exam to obtain Certificate of Qualification

What's Your Future as a Electrician (Domestic & Rural) (309C)?

  • Full-time, sometimes seasonally or on a project-by-project basis; may work with small or large companies, unionized or non-union
  • Risk of injury due to working with electricity and sometimes on construction sites
  • Employment opportunities include residential builders, electrical contractors/sub-contractors, or self-employment

Wage Rate

Apprentice wage increases with skill and experience. Fully qualified workers earn an average of $34.00-$47.38 per hour.


Electrician (Domestic & Rural) (309C)

Ask Yourself: Yes No
Do you have good hand-eye coordination, and enjoy working with different types of equipment?
Do you have good reading, writing, mathematical, physics, measuring and problem-solving skills?
Are you able to read blueprints and diagrams accurately?
Are you able to follow Health & Safety guidelines? Can you work at all heights?
Are you able to lift more than 50lbs? Are you able to stand or sit for long periods of time?
Are you detail-oriented and good at communicating with others? Do you have the ability to work closely with others?
Are you reliable, a self-starter and able to work with minimal supervision? Can you start and finish work on time?

If you checked YES to the majority of these questions, a career as an Electrician (Domestic & Rural) (309C) may be for you!

You might want to look at these similar trades as well;

  • Industrial Electrician
  • Construction Millwright/Industrial Mechanic
  • Appliance Service Technician
  • Electronics Service Technician
  • Industrial Woodworker

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