Construction Electrician





At a glance

Construction electricians ensure that the electrical apparatus and systems people at home and in business depend on every day are safe and operate properly. Electricians also troubleshoot and repair or reinstall electrical systems when required. They must have the experience to safely remove electrical services and systems as well as assess the suitability of existing services for future use.

The exact type of work involved may vary, but all electricians are trained to do the following:

  • Read and interpret building plans, electrical, mechanical, and architectural drawings, and electrical code specifications to determine wiring installations
  • Cut, thread, bend, assemble, and install conduits and other types of electrical conductor enclosures and fittings
  • Pull wire through conduits and holes in walls and floors
  • Lay out, assemble, install, repair, maintain, connect, and test electrical fixtures, apparatus control, equipment, and wiring for fire alarm, communication, light, heat, and power systems
  • Position, install, and maintain distributon and control equipment such as circuit breaker panel boards, fuse enclosures, switch boxes, pullboxes, and related devices
  • Splice, join, and connect wire to form circuits
  • Install data cabling and fibre optic systems

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Work environment

Work environments for construction careers can be located outdoors or indoors or both. Work hours may vary as well. Some positions are seasonal while others are all year round, but part-time. Other positions are project-based and may require you to work full-time until the project is complete. And, of course there are careers that have full-time hours all year round.

Below is a list of workplaces where you might find opportunities to gain apprenticeship hours and/or experience. (Source: Apprenticeship Manitoba Handbook and Manitoba Prospects)

  • Construction contractors
  • Electrical contractors
  • Electrical utilities
  • New home construction*
  • Commercial and industrial sectors in hospitals or factories*
  • Government
  • Railways
  • Mining companies
  • Maintenance departments of large companies and electrical utility companies
  • Governments
  • Self employed

* Specialized training may be required.

Other conditions: seasonal, project-based

Mini Skills Assessment

If you answer YES to the questions below, then a career as a Construction Electrician might be right for you!

  • Are you detail-oriented?
  • Do you have strong math skills?
  • Do you have good manual dexterity?
  • Do you have good hand-eye coordination?
  • Do you have good spatial perception?

Essential Skills Profiles

The Government of Canada Job Bank has identified Nine Literacy and Essential Skills (Reading, Writing, Document Use, Numeracy, Computer Use, Thinking, Oral Communication, Working with Others, and Continuous Learning).

Below you will find links to the Essential Skills Profiles for this occupation and/or related ones.


Below you will find the annual salaries for apprentices and journeypersons for a Construction Electrician.

Minimum for Apprentices

Skills Booklet 2016, Skills Canada/Manitoba


Average for Journey Persons

Skills Booklet 2016, Skills Canada/Manitoba

$50,820 - $64,000

For more information on apprenticeship wages, visit

Every year, the Industrial, Commercial and Institutional (ICI) Construction Sector releases Minimum Wage Schedules for Manitoba. Below are the minimum wage rates for this career.

Minimum Wage RateJanuary 1, 2017 or after



Note: To receive the most up-to-date information about satisfying apprenticeship level requirements, contact Apprentice Manitoba or visit

Construction Electrician

Program Length (Minimum Years)

4 years

Level Requirements

Required Hours for each level (L)

L1: 1, 800 hours L2: 1, 800 hours

L3: 1, 800 hours L4: 1, 800 hours

Technical Training/Year (weeks in class)

Y1: 10 weeks Y2: 10 weeks Y3: 10 weeks Y4: 10 weeks

Additional Licensing


Trades Qualification Requirements (minimum experience required)

Minimum years of experience required

(within last 10 years)

6 years

Minimum hours experience required

10, 800 hours

Practical Exam required


Compulsory Apprenticeship/Certificate of Qualifications required to work


Red Seal Trade available


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