On the Job
Electricians work with electrical equipment and systems. They make sure that work is in compliance with various codes. They may install street lights, intercom systems, or electrical control systems.
This career requires good eyesight and time standing, walking, or running.
Typical Work Tasks
People who work in this career often:
- Inspect electrical or electronic systems for defects.
- Test electrical equipment or systems to ensure proper functioning.
- Fabricate parts or components.
- Install electrical components, equipment, or systems.
- Thread wire or cable through ducts or conduits.
- Update job related knowledge or skills.
- Plan layout of construction, installation, or repairs.
- Assist skilled construction or extraction personnel.
- Dig holes or trenches.
- Communicate with other construction or extraction personnel to discuss project details.
Typical Working Conditions
- Wearing common protective or safety equipment such as safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hearing protection, hard hats, or life jackets.
- Having face-to-face discussions.
- Exposure to sounds or noise levels that are distracting or uncomfortable.
- Responsibility for others' health and safety.
- The importance of being accurate or exact.
- Freedom to make decisions without supervision.
- Exposure to hazardous conditions.
- Meeting strict deadlines.
- Working indoors in non-environmentally controlled conditions.
- Working with a group or team.
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