The following are thirty-five core abilities that are important for an Electrical Worker.

  1. Add, subtract, multiply and divide and use algebraic formulas.
  2. Read complex technical documents written in English.
  3. Develop alternative solutions to a problem and choose the best alternative.
  4. Communicate in writing with others.
  5. Read and understand graphs, charts, and diagrams.
  6. Plan and organize tasks to meet deadlines.
  7. Understand how an electrical or mechanical system works.
  8. Picture the way a construction project will appear before it is finished.
  9. Be self-motivated, responsible, and dependable without close supervision.
  10. Remain calm in an emergency situation.
  11. Communicate orally with others in English.
  12. Work smoothly with others as a team to complete a task.
  13. Maintain good relations with others in a work setting.
  14. Discriminate between colors.
  15. Understand verbal instructions and warnings, given in English.
  16. Hear warning signals.
  17. Maintain balance and perform construction tasks while on a ladder.
  18. Coordinate body movements when using tools or equipment.
  19. Reach and stretch to position equipment and fixtures while maintaining balance.
  20. Bend or twist the body into unusual positions while working.
  21. Traverse irregular surfaces while maintaining balance.
  22. Perform physical tasks all day without becoming overly tired.
  23. Use hands to manipulate small wires and objects.
  24. Work with both hands.
  25. Operate two-handed power equipment.
  26. Regularly lift objects weighing up to 50 pounds.
  27. On occasion, lift objects weighing over 50 pounds.
  28. Carry objects weighing up to 50 pounds for short distances.
  29. Apply muscular force quickly to objects and equipment.
  30. Push, or pull, heavy objects into position.
  31. Climb ladders and poles up to 25 feet in height.
  32. Work at heights.
  33. Work in extreme hot and cold temperature conditions.
  34. Work in a noisy environment.
  35. Work at depths, such as trenches, manholes or deep vertical shafts.





 NATURE OF WORK: Lays out, installs and tests all types of electrical systems, from plans and specifications and verbal direction in all types of commercial, industrial and residential structures; adds to or modifies, "trouble shoots" and repairs same systems.  Systems include lighting power, control, signal, alarm and communication.  Materials in installation include various sizes of wire, cable, conduit ducts, distribution and terminal cabinets and bases, and utilization equipment.

TOOLS USED: Electricians furnish their own hand tools: Screwdrivers, pliers, levels, plumb bobs, hammers, pocket-knives, hacksaw frames, compass saws, braces and bits, pipe wrenches and adjustable wrenches.  An initial expenditure of $500 - $1,000 will usually provide a construction electrician with an adequate supply of hand tools. The WEJATC electrical contractors supply large tools and equipment, including hydraulic benders, power tools, ladders, and such expendable items as hacksaw blades, taps, and twist drills.

WHERE EMPLOYED: By electrical contractors on construction sites of new commercial, industrial, and residential structures.  Work may also include remodeling of existing building and maintenance and repair.  Work on construction sites can require traveling to the site and short to extended living periods at site.

WORKING CONDITIONS: Greatly varied, from exposed, unheated areas on new structures, to enclosed buildings.  Also may be cramped quarters of attics or crawl spaces.  Work requires constant physical activity and full physical abilities, and includes lifting moderate to heavy loads, climbing, crawling, pulling, digging, working overhead, and etc.  Most work is not on activated electrical systems but apprentice may be required at times to work on energized circuits.  Hazards would include shock and burns, falling objects, and falls.