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Become An Electrical Helper

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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

  • $28,730

    Average Salary

What Does An Electrical Helper Do At Tradesmen International, Inc.

* Helping install power supply wiring and conduit such as: EMT, O
* CAL, Rigid conduit, MC cable, strut, cable trays
* Assisting with troubleshooting electrical components, wiring diagrams, transformers, motors, panels, and circuit
* Helping to install, maintain, and repair electrical systems such as: switch gears, motor controls, electrical panels, CT cabinets, conveyor systems, lighting, and power supplies
* Measuring, cutting, and bending wire and conduit, using measuring instruments and hand tools
* Tracing out short circuits in wiring, using test meter
* Examining electrical units for loose connections and broken insulation and tighten connections, using hand tools
* Constructing controllers and panels, using power drills, drill presses, taps, saws and punches
* Cleaning work area and washing parts
* Maintaining tools, vehicles, and equipment and keeping parts and supplies in order

What Does An Electrical Helper Do At Adams Construction Company

* Installs power supply wiring and conduit for newly installed machines and equipment.
* Connects power supply wires to machines and equipment, and connects cables and wires between machines and equipment.
* Diagnoses malfunctioning apparatus such as transformers, motors, and lighting fixtures and replaces damaged or broken wires and cables.
* Troubleshoots and repairs malfunctioning circuits and calibrates control systems used throughout the plant.
* Willingness/ability to climb and work at heights.
* Must have the ability to troubleshoot mechanical problems.
* Troubleshoots various machinery and parts using a variety of test equipment such as oscilloscope and multi-meter.
* Replaces faulty electrical components of machine such as relays, switches, and motors, and positions sensing devices.
* Replaces and lubricates electric motor bearings.
* Diagnoses and repairs or replaces faulty electronic components, such as printed circuit boards.
* Assists engineering or other departments in the development of new ideas and experimental work to improve products, machinery and methods.
* Assists in large equipment installations and modifications.
* Adheres to and promotes all safety policies and procedures.
* Performs other related duties and participates in special projects as assigned.
* Follows all Operating Procedures (OP's) and Standard Operating Procedures (SOP's) required by ISO regulations where applicable
* The employee is frequently required to sit, climb, and use hands to finger, handle, or feel.
* The employee is occasionally required to stand, walk, crawl, kneel, bend, and reach with hands and arms above their shoulders

What Does An Electrical Helper Do At Kiewit Corporation

installing wire for security alarms, helping with installing alarms

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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.


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.


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.


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 Demographics


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  • White

  • Hispanic or Latino

  • Asian

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  • Black or African American

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • Sicilian

  • French

  • Carrier

  • Tagalog

  • Cebuano

  • Italian

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Top Skills for An Electrical Helper


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Top Electrical Helper Skills

  1. Conduit Runs
  2. Hand Tools
  3. Basket Trays
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Assisted with wiring conduit runs and trim outs.
  • Disassemble defective electrical equipment, replace defective or worn parts, and reassemble equipment, using hand tools.
  • Maintained excellent housekeeping skills and followed all safety procedures.
  • Assisted in over 100 electrical systems on the island of Oahu.
  • Disassembled defective electrical equipment, replaced defective or worn parts, and reassembled equipment using hand tools.

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