CompGeo Salary Survey Benchmark Job Summary and Competencies

Electricians

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CompGeo Occupation Group: Trades and Related
Job Family: Skilled Trades
Benchmark Title: Electricians
 
Summary Job Description Tasks
Install, maintain, and repair electrical wiring, equipment, and fixtures. Ensure that work is in accordance with relevant codes. May install or service street lights, intercom systems, or electrical control systems. Assemble, install, test, and maintain electrical or electronic wiring, equipment, appliances, apparatus, and fixtures, using hand tools and power tools.
 
Diagnose malfunctioning systems, apparatus, and components, using test equipment and hand tools, to locate the cause of a breakdown and correct the problem.
 
Connect wires to circuit breakers, transformers, or other components.
 
Inspect electrical systems, equipment, and components to identify hazards, defects, and the need for adjustment or repair, and to ensure compliance with codes.
 
Advise management on whether continued operation of equipment could be hazardous.
 
Test electrical systems and continuity of circuits in electrical wiring, equipment, and fixtures, using testing devices such as ohmmeters, voltmeters, and oscilloscopes, to ensure compatibility and safety of system.
 
Maintain current electrician's license or identification card to meet governmental regulations.
 
Plan layout and installation of electrical wiring, equipment and fixtures, based on job specifications and local codes.
 
Direct and train workers to install, maintain, or repair electrical wiring, equipment, and fixtures.
 
Prepare sketches or follow blueprints to determine the location of wiring and equipment and to ensure conformance to building and safety codes.
 
Use a variety of tools and equipment such as power construction equipment, measuring devices, power tools, and testing equipment including oscilloscopes, ammeters, and test lamps.
 
Install ground leads and connect power cables to equipment, such as motors.
 
Perform business management duties such as maintaining records and files, preparing reports and ordering supplies and equipment.
 
Repair or replace wiring, equipment, and fixtures, using hand tools and power tools.
 
Work from ladders, scaffolds, and roofs to install, maintain or repair electrical wiring, equipment, and fixtures.
 
Place conduit, pipes or tubing, inside designated partitions, walls, or other concealed areas, and pull insulated wires or cables through the conduit to complete circuits between boxes.
 
Construct and fabricate parts, using hand tools and specifications.
 
Fasten small metal or plastic boxes to walls to house electrical switches or outlets.
 
Perform physically demanding tasks, such as digging trenches to lay conduit and moving and lifting heavy objects.
 
Provide preliminary sketches and cost estimates for materials and services.
 
Provide assistance during emergencies by operating floodlights and generators, placing flares, and driving needed vehicles.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Trades and Related
Job Family: Skilled Trades
Benchmark Title: Electricians
 
Important Knowledge Competencies Competency Description
Mechanical Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
 
Building and Construction Knowledge of materials, methods, and the tools involved in the construction or repair of houses, buildings, or other structures such as highways and roads.
 
Mathematics Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
 
Design Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
 
Administration and Management Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
 
Customer and Personal Service Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
 
Engineering and Technology Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
 
English Language Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
 
Physics Knowledge and prediction of physical principles, laws, their interrelationships, and applications to understanding fluid, material, and atmospheric dynamics, and mechanical, electrical, atomic and sub- atomic structures and processes.
 
Telecommunications Knowledge of transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.
 
Education and Training Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
 
Computers and Electronics Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
 
Psychology Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.
 
Sales and Marketing Knowledge of principles and methods for showing, promoting, and selling products or services. This includes marketing strategy and tactics, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Trades and Related
Job Family: Skilled Trades
Benchmark Title: Electricians
 
Important Skill Competencies Competency Description
Troubleshooting Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
 
Repairing Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.
 
Active Listening Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
 
Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
 
Operation Monitoring Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
 
Quality Control Analysis Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
 
Active Learning Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
 
Complex Problem Solving Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
 
Equipment Maintenance Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.
 
Judgment and Decision Making Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
 
Reading Comprehension Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
 
Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively.
 
Monitoring Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
 
Instructing Teaching others how to do something.
 
Installation Installing equipment, machines, wiring, or programs to meet specifications.
 
Mathematics Using mathematics to solve problems.
 
Coordination Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
 
Equipment Selection Determining the kind of tools and equipment needed to do a job.
 
Operation and Control Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
 
Time Management Managing one's own time and the time of others.
 
Management of Personnel Resources Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.
 
Learning Strategies Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
 
Systems Analysis Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.
 
Writing Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
 
Social Perceptiveness Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
 
Service Orientation Actively looking for ways to help people.
 
Systems Evaluation Identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Trades and Related
Job Family: Skilled Trades
Benchmark Title: Electricians
 
Important Ability Competencies Competency Description
Problem Sensitivity The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
 
Manual Dexterity The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
 
Visual Color Discrimination The ability to match or detect differences between colors, including shades of color and brightness.
 
Deductive Reasoning The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
 
Arm-Hand Steadiness The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
 
Finger Dexterity The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.
 
Near Vision The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
 
Oral Comprehension The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
 
Inductive Reasoning The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
 
Information Ordering The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
 
Visualization The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
 
Multilimb Coordination The ability to coordinate two or more limbs (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while sitting, standing, or lying down. It does not involve performing the activities while the whole body is in motion.
 
Oral Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
 
Written Comprehension The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
 
Perceptual Speed The ability to quickly and accurately compare similarities and differences among sets of letters, numbers, objects, pictures, or patterns. The things to be compared may be presented at the same time or one after the other. This ability also includes comparing a presented object with a remembered object.
 
Far Vision The ability to see details at a distance.
 
Category Flexibility The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
 
Mathematical Reasoning The ability to choose the right mathematical methods or formulas to solve a problem.
 
Flexibility of Closure The ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material.
 
Selective Attention The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
 
Trunk Strength The ability to use your abdominal and lower back muscles to support part of the body repeatedly or continuously over time without 'giving out' or fatiguing.
 
Extent Flexibility The ability to bend, stretch, twist, or reach with your body, arms, and/or legs.
 
Speech Recognition The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
 
Speech Clarity The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
 
Fluency of Ideas The ability to come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity).
 
Control Precision The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
 
Reaction Time The ability to quickly respond (with the hand, finger, or foot) to a signal (sound, light, picture) when it appears.
 
Static Strength The ability to exert maximum muscle force to lift, push, pull, or carry objects.
 
Gross Body Equilibrium The ability to keep or regain your body balance or stay upright when in an unstable position.
 
Depth Perception The ability to judge which of several objects is closer or farther away from you, or to judge the distance between you and an object.
 
Time Sharing The ability to shift back and forth between two or more activities or sources of information (such as speech, sounds, touch, or other sources).
 
Response Orientation The ability to choose quickly between two or more movements in response to two or more different signals (lights, sounds, pictures). It includes the speed with which the correct response is started with the hand, foot, or other body part.
 
Hearing Sensitivity The ability to detect or tell the differences between sounds that vary in pitch and loudness.
 
Auditory Attention The ability to focus on a single source of sound in the presence of other distracting sounds.
 
Written Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
 
Originality The ability to come up with unusual or clever ideas about a given topic or situation, or to develop creative ways to solve a problem.
 
Number Facility The ability to add, subtract, multiply, or divide quickly and correctly.
 
Memorization The ability to remember information such as words, numbers, pictures, and procedures.
 
Speed of Closure The ability to quickly make sense of, combine, and organize information into meaningful patterns.
 
Gross Body Coordination The ability to coordinate the movement of your arms, legs, and torso together when the whole body is in motion.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Trades and Related
Job Family: Skilled Trades
Benchmark Title: Electricians
 
Tools/Technology Example Product Category
Computer aided design CAD software Computer aided design CAD software
 
Construction Master Pro software Project management software
 
Craftsman CD Estimator Project management software
 
Database software Data base user interface and query software
 
Electrosoft FlashWorks Analytical or scientific software
 
Elite Software E-Coord Analytical or scientific software
 
Elite Software Inpoint Analytical or scientific software
 
Elite Software Outpoint Analytical or scientific software
 
Elite Software Short Analytical or scientific software
 
Elite Software VDROP Analytical or scientific software
 
Insight Direct ServiceCEO Data base user interface and query software
 
Lighting calculation software Analytical or scientific software
 
One Mile Up Panel Planner Computer aided design CAD software
 
Resolve service management software Data base user interface and query software
 
Sage Timberline Office software Data base user interface and query software
 
Shafer Service Systems software Data base user interface and query software
 
SmartDraw software Computer aided design CAD software
 
Socrates Contractor's Library Word processing software
 
SoftEmpire Electrical Calculations Analytical or scientific software
 
Spreadsheet software Spreadsheet software
 
Turtle Creek Software Goldenseal Accounting software
 
Word processing software Word processing software
 
Adjustable wrenches Adjustable wrenches
 
Air compressors Air compressors
 
Allen wrenches Hex keys
 
Ammeters Ammeters
 
Automatic insulation strippers Stripping tools
 
Awls Awls
 
Backhoes Backhoes
 
Bandsaws Bandsaw wheel
 
Bear claw wire threaders Cable accessories
 
Bucket trucks Articulating boom lift
 
Butane soldering irons/torches Soldering irons or guns
 
Cabinet tip screwdrivers Screwdrivers
 
Cable benders Conduit benders
 
Cable butt trimmers Wire or cable cutters
 
Cable cutters Wire or cable cutters
 
Cable gripping gloves Protective gloves
 
Cable jacket strippers Stripping tools
 
Cable labeling machines Label making machines
 
Cable lacing needles Cable accessories
 
Cable sheath strippers Stripping tools
 
Cable splicing knives Cable splicing kits
 
Cable tie guns Banders
 
Capacitance testers Capacitance meters
 
Channel lock crimping tools Stripping tools
 
Channel lock pliers Locking pliers
 
Circuit testers Circuit tester
 
Circuit tracers Circuit tracers
 
Circular saws Power saws
 
Clamp-on ammeters Ammeters
 
Claw hammers Hammers
 
Coaxial cable cutters Wire or cable cutters
 
Conduit benders Conduit benders
 
Conduit deburring tools Deburring equipment
 
Conduit fitting and reaming screwdrivers Screwdrivers
 
Conduit levels Levels
 
Conduit locknut and reaming pliers Locking pliers
 
Conduit measuring tapes Tape measures
 
Continuity coaxial testers Circuit tester
 
Cordless drills Power drills
 
Crescent wrenches Open end wrenches
 
Current clamps Clamp On Multimeter
 
Cutting torches Blow torches
 
Depth gauges Depth gauges
 
Desktop computers Desktop computers
 
Diagonal cutting pliers Diagonal cut pliers
 
Diggers Track excavators
 
Double-end can socket wrenches Offset socket wrenches
 
Drill bits Drill bits
 
Electric conduit benders Conduit benders
 
Electricians' scissors Wire cutters
 
End cutting pliers End cut pliers
 
End wire strippers Stripping tools
 
External snap ring pliers Retaining ring pliers
 
Feeler gauges Feeler gauges
 
Fish tape pullers Fish tape
 
Frequency meters Electrical frequency meters
 
Fuse pulling equipment Fuse pullers
 
Gas leak detection devices Gas detectors
 
Generators Gas generators
 
Ground fault circuit interrupter GFCI testers GFI circuit testers
 
Growlers Circuit tester
 
Hacksaws Saws
 
Hammer drills Power drills
 
Hammers Hammers
 
Hard hats Hard hats
 
Heat guns Heat guns
 
Heavy duty longnose pliers Longnose pliers
 
Hex key sets Hex keys
 
High-leverage cable cutters Wire or cable cutters
 
High-leverage diagonal cutting pliers Diagonal cut pliers
 
High-leverage side cutting pliers End cut pliers
 
Hole saws Hole saws
 
Hydraulic conduit benders Conduit benders
 
Hydraulic presses Hydraulic press frames
 
Hydraulic punching tools Stamping dies or punches
 
Inductance testers Calibrated inductance coils or boxes
 
Infrared scanners Thermographs
 
Inspection mirrors Magnifiers
 
Insulated bolt cutters Bolt cutters
 
Insulated cable cutters Wire or cable cutters
 
Insulated nutdrivers Nut drivers
 
Insulated pliers Linemans pliers
 
Insulated screwdrivers Screwdrivers
 
Insulated socket sets Socket sets
 
Insulated wrenches Specialty wrenches
 
Internal snap ring pliers Retaining ring pliers
 
Ladders Ladders
 
Laser plumb bobs Plumb bobs
 
Laser printers Laser printers
 
Lighted magnet pickups Magnetic tools
 
Lineman's pliers Linemans pliers
 
Magnetic locators Metal detectors
 
Manlifts Manlift or personnel lift
 
Megohmmeters Megohmmeters
 
Metal locators Metal detectors
 
Micrometers Micrometers
 
Milliameters Voltage or current meters
 
Multimeters Multimeters
 
Needlenose pliers Needlenose pliers
 
Nibbler cutting tools Nibblers
 
Non-contact voltage detectors Voltage or current meters
 
Notebook computers Notebook computers
 
Nut drivers Nut drivers
 
Ohmmeters Ohmmeters
 
Oscilloscopes Oscilloscopes
 
Personal computers Personal computers
 
Personal digital assistants PDA Personal digital assistant PDAs or organizers
 
Phase rotation meters Phasemeters
 
Phillips head screwdrivers Screwdrivers
 
Polyvinyl chloride PVC cutters Pipe or tube cutters
 
Pump pliers Adjustable widemouth pliers
 
Punchdown tools Punches or nail sets or drifts
 
Ratchet crimper kits Wire lug crimping tool
 
Ratcheting pipe wrenches Pipe wrenches
 
Razor knives Razor knives
 
Resistance bridges Calibrated resistance measuring equipment
 
Respirators Respirators
 
Round shank screwdrivers Screwdrivers
 
Safety glasses Safety glasses
 
Scaffolding Scaffolding
 
Screw-holding screwdrivers Screwdrivers
 
Self-adjusting insulation strippers Stripping tools
 
Shears Shears
 
Side cutting pliers End cut pliers
 
Single reel cable trailers Cable reels
 
Soldering tools Welding or soldering kit
 
Square shank screwdrivers Screwdrivers
 
Staple guns Staple guns
 
Strap wrenches Strap wrenches
 
Tablet computers Tablet computers
 
Tap and die sets Taps or dies
 
Tape measures Tape measures
 
Tapered reamers Reamers
 
Tapping tools Power drills
 
Telescoping lighted pickups Magnetic tools
 
Tension gauges Tensiometers
 
Terminal crimpers Wire lug crimping tool
 
Test lamps Voltage or current meters
 
Threading dies Threading dies
 
Tin snips Tinners snips
 
Tongue and groove pliers Tongue and groove pliers
 
Torpedo levels Levels
 
Transfer impedance meters Impedance meters
 
Truck cranes Conventional truck cranes
 
Two way radios Two way radios
 
Universal stripping tools Stripping tools
 
Utility cable cutters Wire or cable cutters
 
Utility knives Utility knives
 
Volt tick meters Voltage or current meters
 
Voltmeters Voltage or current meters
 
Wattmeters Wattmeters
 
Welders Welders
 
Welding hoods Welding masks
 
Wheeled wire dispensers Cable reels
 
Winches Winches
 
Wire crimpers Wire lug crimping tool
 
Wire crimping tools Wire lug crimping tool
 
Wire cutters Wire cutters
 
Wire dispensers Cable reels
 
Wire dollies Cable reels
 
Wire hand caddies Cable reels
 
Wire loop pullers Fish tape
 
Wire strippers Stripping tools
 
Wire wrap guns Spiral wrapping
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Trades and Related
Job Family: Skilled Trades
Benchmark Title: Electricians
 
Prerequisite Qualification Category Education and Experience Level
Required Level of Education Post-Secondary Certificate - awarded for training completed after high school (for example, in Personnel Services, Engineering-related Technologies, Vocational Home Economics, Construction Trades, Mechanics and Repairers, Precision Production Trades)
 
On-the-Job Training Over 4 years, up to and including 10 years
 
On-Site or In-Plant Training Over 4 years, up to and including 10 years
 
Related Work Experience Over 2 years, up to and including 4 years
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Trades and Related
Job Family: Skilled Trades
Benchmark Title: Electricians
 
Alternate Job Title(s)
Airport Electrician
Antenna Installer
Antenna Rigger
Chief Electrician
Conduit Installer
Conduit Mechanic
Construction Electrician
Control Electrician
Diesel Electrician
Diesel Maintenance Electrician
Electric Sign Wirer
Electric Stop Installer
Electric Wirer
Electrical Installer
Electrical Maintenance Man
Electrical Maintenance Worker
Electrical Sign Servicer
Electrical Sign Wirer
Electrical System Specialist
Electrical Wirer
Electrical Wiring Lineman
Electrician
Electrician Apprentice
Electrician Technician
Gaffer
Ground Wirer
House Wirer
Industrial Electrician
Inside Wireman
Interior Wirer
Journeyman Electrician
Journeyman Lineman
Journeyman Wireman
Licensed Electrician
Lighting Fixture Installer
Lightning Protection Installer
Lightning Rod Installer
Maintenance Electrician
Marine Electrician
Master Electrician
Mechanic
Mine Wirer
Neon Electrician
Neon Installer
Neon Light Installer
Neon Sign Erector
Neon Sign Installer
Neon Sign Mechanic
Neon Sign Servicer
Neon Sign Worker
Neon Technician
Overhead Worker
Plant Electrician
Searchlight Operator
Ship Wirer
Sign Wirer
Signal Wirer
Solar Photovoltaic Electrician
Stage Electrician
Street Light Mechanic
Street Light Repairer
Street Light Servicer
Street Light Wirer
Switch Inspector
Switchboard Installer
Television Antenna Installer
Test Man
Test Worker
Traffic Signal Mechanic
Traffic Signal Technician
Trouble Shooter I
Wire Hanger
Wirer
Wiring Mechanic
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Trades and Related
Job Family: Skilled Trades
Benchmark Title: Electricians
 
 
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