Get on the path to a reliable career in the electrical trade.
With electrician training, your future can start coming into clearer focus. It's a future that could involve physically and mentally engaging work opportunities, interesting variety, and outstanding financial benefits. In fact, by going to an electrician school, you can greatly increase your chances of finding employers eager to add you to their team. Pretty soon, you may be helping to ensure that Canadians have safe access to electricity, something that's fundamental to our modern way of living.
Why Becoming An Electrician Can Be a Smart Career Decision
In Canada, almost everything we rely on is powered by electricity. But what you might not realize is just how much the need for electricity keeps growing. And that means new qualified electricians continue to be needed all over the country and across almost every sector—especially for the installation of electrical systems in new buildings or the maintenance of older systems. Consider these facts:
- Between 2013 and 2038, the Canadian population could increase by almost 36 percent to more than 47.8 million residents.* And more people means more buildings requiring electricity.*
- The Canadian economy (in terms of GDP) is forecast to grow by about two percent per year from 2012 to 2035.** As the economy expands, so does the need for wired energy to power it.
- Construction (which usually requires electrical work) is forecast to increase across the country. For instance, from 2014 to 2019 alone, residential construction investment is expected to grow by over six percent in BC, more than 13.6 percent in Ontario, and about 7.6 percent in New Brunswick. And non-residential construction investment is predicted to grow even faster in provinces like BC (over 22.5 percent) and New Brunswick (about 23.4 percent).***
- More than $340 billion could be invested in Canada's electric utilities sector between 2010 and 2030 for expansion and upgrades.****
- In fact, 10,400 job openings are projected to become available for people in the electrical and telecommunications trades between 2015 and 2024.†
Vocational Options Within the Electrical Trade
A real advantage of getting pre-apprenticeship training from one of Canada's electrician schools is that it often covers fundamental skills that may apply to many areas of the electrical trade. For example, what you learn might help you pursue roles such as:
- Construction electrician—This type of tradesperson is involved in wiring, repairing, or overhauling low-voltage electrical systems for residential buildings, offices, schools, and other types of commercial and institutional structures.
- Industrial electrician—In this area of the trade, the work usually involves installing, fixing, or maintaining large systems and components that provide power to big facilities used in industries like manufacturing, forestry, mining, and agriculture.
- Powerline technician (or power systems electrician)—Repairing or installing high-voltage electrical lines and equipment owned by energy utilities is what this kind of role is all about. The work is typically performed in the area of electricity transmission or distribution.
What Canadian Electricians Earn
The median pay for full-time construction electricians in Canada is about $60,000 per year. For industrial electricians and powerline technicians, it's about $68,600. Also, keep in mind that pay can increase with experience or overtime opportunities. In fact, a lot of electricians earn more than $89,440 a year.†
Electrician Training Requirements
Becoming qualified as a journeyperson electrician typically requires working in an apprenticeship for about four to five years. During that time, you earn pay from an employer who sponsors your apprenticeship and helps train you. But it often helps to have a grasp of what the trade involves, along with some relevant skills, before approaching such an employer.
That's why many people entering this trade find it beneficial to attend an electrician college before trying to find an apprenticeship. With less than a year of post-secondary electrician training, you can give yourself an edge when looking for a paid position as a new electrical apprentice.
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* Statistics Canada, website last visited on June 4, 2018.
** National Energy Board, website last visited on November 24, 2016.
*** BuildForce Canada, website last visited on April 7, 2017.
**** Canadian Electricity Association, website last visited on June 5, 2017.
† Job Bank, Government of Canada, website last visited on February 28, 2018.