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Working As An Electrical Helper

  • Performing General Physical Activities
  • Getting Information
  • Handling and Moving Objects
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
  • Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings
  • Deal with People

  • Outdoors/walking/standing

  • $34,000

    Average Salary

What Does An Electrical Helper Do

Construction laborers and helpers perform many tasks that require physical labor on construction sites.

Duties

Construction laborers and helpers typically do the following:

  • Clean and prepare construction sites by removing debris and possible hazards
  • Load or unload building materials to be used in construction
  • Build or take apart bracing, scaffolding, and temporary structures
  • Dig trenches, backfill holes, or compact earth to prepare for construction
  • Operate or tend equipment and machines used in construction
  • Follow construction plans and instructions from supervisors or more experienced workers
  • Assist craftworkers with their duties

Construction laborers and helpers work on almost all construction sites, performing a wide range of tasks varying in complexity from very easy to extremely difficult and hazardous. Although many of the tasks they perform require some training and experience, most tasks can be learned quickly. 

Construction laborers, are also referred to as construction craft laborers, perform a wide variety of construction-related activities during all phases of construction. Many laborers spend their time preparing and cleaning up construction sites, using tools such as shovels and brooms. Other workers, for example, those on road crews, may specialize and learn to control traffic patterns and operate pavement breakers, jackhammers, earth tampers, or surveying equipment.

With special training, laborers may help transport and use explosives or run hydraulic boring machines to dig out tunnels. They may learn to use lasers to place pipes and to use computers to control robotic pipe cutters. They may become certified to remove asbestos, lead, or chemicals.

Helpers assist construction craftworkers, such as electricians and carpenters, with a variety of tasks. They may carry tools and materials or help set up equipment. For example, many helpers work with cement masons to move and set the forms that determine the shape of poured concrete. Many other helpers assist with taking apart equipment, cleaning up sites, and disposing of waste, as well as helping with any other needs of craftworkers.

Many construction trades have helpers who assist craftworkers. The following trades have associated helpers:

  • Brickmasons, blockmasons, and stonemasons, and tile and marble setters
  • Carpenters
  • Electricians
  • Painters, paperhangers, plasterers, and stucco masons
  • Pipelayers, plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters
  • Roofers

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How To Become An Electrical Helper

Construction laborers and helpers learn their trade through on-the-job training (OJT). The length of training depends on the employer and the specialization. Formal education is not typically required.

Education

Although formal education is not typically required, high school classes in mathematics, blueprint reading, welding, and other vocational subjects can be helpful.

To receive further education, some workers attend a trade school or community college.

Training

Construction laborers and helpers learn through OJT after being hired by a construction contractor. Workers typically gain experience by performing tasks under the guidance of experienced workers.

Although the majority of construction laborers and helpers learn by assisting experienced workers, some construction laborers opt for apprenticeship programs. Programs generally include 2 to 4 years of technical instruction and OJT. The Laborers' International Union of North America (LIUNA) requires a minimum of 4,000 hours of OJT, accompanied by 300 hours of related instruction in such areas as signaling, blueprint reading, using proper tools and equipment, and following health and safety procedures. The remainder of the curriculum consists of specialized training in one of these eight areas:

  • Building construction
  • Demolition and deconstruction
  • Environmental remediation
  • Road and utility construction
  • Tunneling
  • Masonry
  • Landscaping
  • Pipeline construction

Several groups, including unions and contractor associations, sponsor apprenticeship programs, which usually have only a basic age qualification—age 18 or older—for entrance. Apprentices must obtain a high school diploma or equivalent before completing their apprenticeship. Some apprenticeship programs have preferred entry for veterans.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Laborers who remove hazardous materials (hazmat) must meet the federal and state requirements for hazardous materials removal workers.

Depending on the work they do, laborers may need specific certifications, which may be attained through LIUNA. Rigging and scaffold building are commonly attained certifications. Certification can help workers prove that they have the knowledge to perform more complex tasks.

Advancement

Through experience and training, construction laborers and helpers can advance into positions that involve more complex tasks. For example, laborers may earn certifications in welding, erecting scaffolding, or finishing concrete, and then spend more time performing those activities. Similarly, helpers sometimes move into construction craft occupations after gaining experience in the field. For example, experience as an electrician’s helper may lead to becoming an apprentice electrician.

Important Qualities

Color vision. Construction laborers and helpers may need to be able to distinguish colors to do their job. For example, an electrician’s helper must be able to distinguish different colors of wire to help the lead electrician.

Math skills. Construction laborers and some helpers need to perform basic math calculations while measuring on jobsites or assisting a surveying crew.

Mechanical skills. Construction laborers are frequently required to operate and maintain equipment, such as jackhammers.

Physical stamina. Construction laborers and helpers must have the endurance to perform strenuous tasks throughout the day. Highway laborers, for example, spend hours on their feet—often in hot temperatures—with few breaks.

Physical strength. Construction laborers and helpers must often lift heavy materials or equipment. For example, cement mason helpers must move cinder blocks, which typically weigh more than 40 pounds each.

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Electrical Helper Career Paths

Electrical Helper
Electrician Foreman
Superintendent
8 Yearsyrs
Electrician Foreman Superintendent
General Superintendent
11 Yearsyrs
Electrician Maintenance Supervisor
Maintenance Director
11 Yearsyrs
Electrician Helper Journeyman Electrician Foreman
Lead Carpenter
5 Yearsyrs
Electrician Helper Journeyman Electrician
Lead Electrician
6 Yearsyrs
Electrician Helper Journeyman Electrician Electrical Foreman
Electrical Superintendent
9 Yearsyrs
Electrical Journeyman Electrical Foreman Owner
Construction Superintendent
9 Yearsyrs
Electrical Journeyman Electrical Foreman Superintendent
Building Superintendent
6 Yearsyrs
Electrical Journeyman Journeyman Owner/Operator
General Contractor
5 Yearsyrs
Manager Owner Maintenance Manager
Facilities Maintenance Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Manager Service Manager
Installation Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Manager Owner Project Superintendent
Project Supervisor
5 Yearsyrs
Supervisor Owner/Operator General Contractor
Electrical Contractor
6 Yearsyrs
Supervisor Superintendent Electrical Superintendent
Electrical Project Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Crew Leader Lead Carpenter
Lead Installer
5 Yearsyrs
Journeyman Master Electrician Electrical Supervisor
Senior Electrician
8 Yearsyrs
Journeyman Maintenance Electrician Electrical Supervisor
Electrician Supervisor
5 Yearsyrs
Lead Electrician Electrical Supervisor Senior Electrician
Chief Electrician
8 Yearsyrs
Lead Person Lead Mechanic Mechanical Superintendent
Area Superintendent
9 Yearsyrs
Field Service Technician Project Engineer Resident Engineer
Construction Supervisor
5 Yearsyrs
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Electrical Helper Demographics

Gender

Male

80.8%

Unknown

10.4%

Female

8.8%
Ethnicity

White

58.2%

Hispanic or Latino

16.8%

Black or African American

16.4%

Asian

5.7%

Unknown

2.9%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

69.2%

Carrier

3.8%

Italian

3.8%

Sicilian

1.9%

German

1.9%

Bosnian

1.9%

Albanian

1.9%

Serbian

1.9%

Japanese

1.9%

French

1.9%

Tagalog

1.9%

Russian

1.9%

Polish

1.9%

Croatian

1.9%

Cebuano

1.9%
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Electrical Helper Education

Schools

Apex Technical School

16.7%

Lee College

8.9%

ITI Technical College

7.4%

The Academy

7.0%

Everest Institute

4.4%

Berk Trade and Business School

4.4%

Sowela Technical Community College

4.1%

Houston Community College

4.1%

Career Institute of Health and Technology

4.1%

Shelton State Community College

4.1%

Central Piedmont Community College

3.7%

Delgado Community College

3.7%

A-Technical College

3.7%

University of Phoenix

3.7%

Los Angeles Trade Technical College

3.3%

Montgomery College

3.3%

Augusta Technical College

3.3%

Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College

3.3%

Bishop State Community College

3.3%

Midlands Technical College

3.3%
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Majors

Electrical Engineering Technology

34.3%

Electrical Engineering

9.4%

Business

9.3%

Electrical And Power Transmission Installers

6.1%

Industrial Technology

4.6%

General Studies

4.4%

Criminal Justice

3.9%

Automotive Technology

3.2%

Heating And Air Conditioning

3.1%

Graphic Design

2.7%

Precision Metal Working

2.6%

Electromechanical Instrumentation And Maintenance Technologies/Technicians

2.1%

Computer Science

1.9%

Music

1.9%

Computer Networking

1.9%

Liberal Arts

1.8%

Construction Management

1.8%

Education

1.7%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

1.7%

Accounting

1.7%
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Degrees

Other

45.6%

Associate

21.0%

Certificate

15.3%

Bachelors

10.5%

Diploma

5.6%

Masters

1.4%

License

0.6%

Doctorate

0.1%
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Average Yearly Salary
$34,000
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$18,000
Min 10%
$34,000
Median 50%
$34,000
Median 50%
$34,000
Median 50%
$34,000
Median 50%
$34,000
Median 50%
$34,000
Median 50%
$34,000
Median 50%
$63,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Mortenson
Highest Paying City
Doral, FL
Highest Paying State
Hawaii
Avg Experience Level
1.9 years
How much does an Electrical Helper make at top companies?
The national average salary for an Electrical Helper in the United States is $34,401 per year or $17 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $18,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $63,000.

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Top Skills for An Electrical Helper

  1. RUN Conduit
  2. Electrical Systems
  3. Hand Tools
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Helped journeymen installed panels and run conduit and pull wire for outlets and install wall outlets.
  • Assisted in installation electrical systems of commercial signs.
  • Install, replace machinery, equipment, also new or replacement part instruments, using hand tools or power tools.
  • Repair installed systems, rearrange and hook up switches, various types of light fixtures, regulators, and outlets.
  • Replace faulty circuit breakers, fuses, switches, electrical and electronic components, or wire.

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