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Working As An Electrician Helper

  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
  • Getting Information
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material
  • Handling and Moving Objects
  • Outdoors/walking/standing

  • $51,000

    Average Salary

What Does An Electrician Helper Do

Electricians install, maintain, and repair electrical power, communications, lighting, and control systems in homes, businesses, and factories.

Duties

Electricians typically do the following:

  • Read blueprints or technical diagrams
  • Install and maintain wiring, control, and lighting systems
  • Inspect electrical components, such as transformers and circuit breakers
  • Identify electrical problems using a variety of testing devices
  • Repair or replace wiring, equipment, or fixtures using hand tools and power tools
  • Follow state and local building regulations based on the National Electrical Code
  • Direct and train workers to install, maintain, or repair electrical wiring or equipment

Almost every building has an electrical power, communications, lighting, and control system that is installed during construction and maintained after that. These systems power the lights, appliances, and equipment that make people’s lives and jobs easier and more comfortable.

Installing electrical systems in newly constructed buildings is often less complicated than maintaining equipment in existing buildings because electrical wiring is more easily accessible during construction. Maintaining equipment and systems involves identifying problems and repairing broken equipment that is sometimes difficult to reach. Maintenance work may include fixing or replacing parts, light fixtures, control systems, motors, and other types of electrical equipment.

Electricians read blueprints, which are technical diagrams of electrical systems that show the location of circuits, outlets, and other equipment. They use different types of hand and power tools, such as conduit benders, to run and protect wiring. Other commonly used hand and power tools include screwdrivers, wire strippers, drills, and saws. While troubleshooting, electricians also may use ammeters, voltmeters, thermal scanners, and cable testers to find problems and ensure that components are working properly.

Many electricians work alone, but sometimes they collaborate with others. For example, experienced electricians may work with building engineers and architects to help design electrical systems for new construction. Some electricians may also consult with other construction specialists, such as elevator installers and heating and air conditioning workers, to help install or maintain electrical or power systems. At larger companies, electricians are more likely to work as part of a crew; they may direct helpers and apprentices to complete jobs.

The following are examples of types of electricians:

Inside electricians maintain and repair large motors, equipment, and control systems in businesses and factories. They use their knowledge of electrical systems to help these facilities run safely and efficiently. Some also install the wiring for businesses and factories that are being built. To minimize equipment failure, inside electricians often perform scheduled maintenance.

Residential electricians install wiring and troubleshoot electrical problems in peoples’ homes, which can be either single-family or multi-family dwellings. Those who work in new-home construction install outlets and provide access to power where needed. Those who work in maintenance and remodeling typically repair and replace faulty equipment. For example, if a circuit breaker repeatedly trips after being reset, electricians determine the cause and fix it.

Although lineman electricians install distribution and transmission lines to deliver electricity from its source to customers, they are covered in the line installers and repairers profile.

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How To Become An Electrician Helper

Although most electricians learn through an apprenticeship, some start out by attending a technical school. Most states require electricians to be licensed. For more information, contact your local or state electrical licensing board.

Education

A high school diploma or equivalent is required.

Some electricians start out by attending a technical school. Many technical schools offer programs related to circuitry, safety practices, and basic electrical information. Graduates usually receive credit toward their apprenticeship.

After completing their initial training, electricians may be required to take continuing education courses. These courses are usually related to safety practices, changes to the electrical code, and training from manufacturers in specific products.

Training

Most electricians learn their trade in a 4- or 5-year apprenticeship program. For each year of the program, apprentices must complete at least 144 hours of technical training and 2,000 hours of paid on-the-job training.

In the classroom, apprentices learn electrical theory, blueprint reading, mathematics, electrical code requirements, and safety and first-aid practices. They also may receive specialized training related to soldering, communications, fire alarm systems, and elevators.

Several groups, including unions and contractor associations, sponsor apprenticeship programs. Many apprenticeship programs have preferred entry for veterans. The basic qualifications to enter an apprenticeship program are as follows:

  • Minimum age of 18
  • High school education or equivalent
  • One year of algebra
  • Qualifying score on an aptitude test
  • Pass substance abuse screening

Some electrical contractors have their own training programs, which are not recognized apprenticeship programs but include both classroom and on-the-job training. Although most workers enter apprenticeships directly, some electricians enter apprenticeship programs after working as a helper. The Home Builders Institute offers a preapprenticeship certificate training (PACT) program for eight construction trades, including electricians.

After completing an apprenticeship program, electricians are considered to be journey workers and may perform duties on their own, subject to any local or state licensing requirements. Because of this comprehensive training, those who complete apprenticeship programs qualify to do both construction and maintenance work.

Some states may require a master electrician to either perform or supervise the work.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Most states require electricians to pass a test and be licensed. Requirements vary by state. For more information, contact your local or state electrical licensing board. Many of the requirements can be found on the National Electrical Contractors Association’s website.

The tests have questions related to the National Electrical Code, and state and local electrical codes, all of which set standards for the safe installation of electrical wiring and equipment.

Important Qualities

Business skills. Self-employed electricians must be able to bid on new jobs, track inventory, and plan payroll and work assignments. 

Color vision. Electricians must identify electrical wires by color.

Critical-thinking skills. Electricians perform tests and use the results to diagnose problems. For example, when an outlet is not working, they may use a multimeter to check the voltage, amperage, or resistance to determine the best course of action.

Customer-service skills. Residential electricians work with people on a regular basis. They should be friendly and be able to address customers’ questions.

Physical stamina. Electricians often need to move around all day while running wire and connecting fixtures to the wire.

Physical strength. Electricians need to be strong enough to move heavy components, which may weigh up to 50 pounds.

Troubleshooting skills. Electricians find, diagnose, and repair problems. For example, if a motor stops working, they perform tests to determine the cause of its failure and then, depending on the results, fix or replace the motor.

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Electrician Helper Career Paths

Electrician Helper
Electrician Foreman Superintendent
Project Superintendent
10 Yearsyrs
Electrician Supervisor Superintendent
Construction Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Electrician Foreman Supervisor
Field Supervisor
5 Yearsyrs
Journeyman Electrician Foreman Superintendent
General Superintendent
11 Yearsyrs
Journeyman Electrician Electrical Foreman
Electrical Superintendent
9 Yearsyrs
Journeyman Electrician Owner
Construction Superintendent
9 Yearsyrs
Assistant Manager Manager Owner/Operator
General Contractor
5 Yearsyrs
Assistant Manager Project Manager Principal
Assistant Superintendent
5 Yearsyrs
Assistant Manager Manager Service Manager
Installation Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Electrical Foreman Maintenance Electrician Field Service Technician
Technical Services Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Electrician Field Service Technician Crew Leader
Lead Carpenter
5 Yearsyrs
Electrical Foreman Maintenance Electrician
Lead Electrician
6 Yearsyrs
Lead Electrician Electrical Supervisor Maintenance Supervisor
Project Supervisor
5 Yearsyrs
Journeyman Sheet Metal Mechanic Hvac Technician
Lead Installer
5 Yearsyrs
Industrial Electrician Master Electrician
Electrical Contractor
6 Yearsyrs
Lead Electrician Electrical Supervisor Electrical Superintendent
Electrical Project Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Carpenter Helper Carpenter Foreman Construction Foreman
Construction Supervisor
5 Yearsyrs
Lead Electrician Electrical Supervisor
Senior Electrician
8 Yearsyrs
Commercial And Industrial Electrician Industrial Electrician
Electrician Supervisor
5 Yearsyrs
Electrician/Mechanic Senior Electrician
Chief Electrician
8 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Senior Electrician 6.0 years
Electrician 4.3 years
Lead Electrician 3.9 years
Electrician Helper 2.0 years
Electrical Helper 1.9 years
Hvac Helper 1.5 years
Top Careers Before Electrician Helper
Electrician 10.2%
Cashier 9.4%
Helper 8.4%
Cook 4.9%
Technician 3.5%
Driver 3.2%
Carpenter 3.1%
Supervisor 2.9%
Top Careers After Electrician Helper
Electrician 27.0%
Helper 5.1%
Technician 4.7%
Driver 3.6%
Cashier 2.6%
Mechanic 2.6%
Supervisor 2.3%
Welder 2.3%

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Electrician Helper Demographics

Gender

Male

84.2%

Unknown

9.6%

Female

6.2%
Ethnicity

White

58.3%

Hispanic or Latino

16.9%

Black or African American

16.1%

Asian

5.7%

Unknown

3.0%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

77.3%

French

4.1%

German

3.1%

Italian

2.1%

Arabic

2.1%

Russian

1.5%

Tagalog

1.5%

Portuguese

1.0%

Chinese

1.0%

Polish

1.0%

Romanian

0.5%

Dutch

0.5%

Hmong

0.5%

Hungarian

0.5%

Bosnian

0.5%

Thai

0.5%

Navajo

0.5%

Masalit

0.5%

Dakota

0.5%

Fuzhou

0.5%
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Electrician Helper Education

Schools

Apex Technical School

11.8%

University of Phoenix

9.2%

The Academy

7.5%

Greenville Technical College

6.1%

Trident Technical College

5.4%

Lee College

5.4%

Wake Technical Community College

4.6%

Midlands Technical College

4.6%

Delgado Community College

4.6%

Baton Rouge Community College

4.3%

Ashworth College

4.3%

A-Technical College

4.0%

Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College

3.8%

Hinds Community College

3.8%

Calhoun Community College

3.7%

Universal Technical Institute

3.7%

Sowela Technical Community College

3.5%

Berk Trade and Business School

3.3%

Alabama Southern Community College

3.2%

ITI Technical College

3.2%
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Majors

Electrical Engineering Technology

25.9%

Electrical Engineering

10.5%

Business

9.6%

Electrical And Power Transmission Installers

8.5%

General Studies

6.3%

Industrial Technology

4.7%

Precision Metal Working

4.4%

Automotive Technology

4.1%

Criminal Justice

3.8%

Computer Science

3.2%

Heating And Air Conditioning

3.0%

Education

2.3%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

2.3%

Music

1.8%

Engineering

1.7%

Liberal Arts

1.7%

Graphic Design

1.6%

Computer Information Systems

1.6%

Drafting And Design

1.6%

Information Technology

1.5%
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Degrees

Other

47.2%

Associate

19.6%

Certificate

13.7%

Bachelors

12.3%

Diploma

5.6%

Masters

0.9%

License

0.6%

Doctorate

0.1%
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Median 50%
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Highest Paying City
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Highest Paying State
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Avg Experience Level
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How much does an Electrician Helper make at top companies?
The national average salary for an Electrician Helper in the United States is $51,190 per year or $25 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $30,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $85,000.

Real Electrician Helper Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Helpers--Electricians Encore Electric LLC Spotswood, NJ Aug 29, 2014 $52,978
Electrician's Helper Encore Electric LLC Spotswood, NJ Oct 09, 2014 $52,978
Electrician Helper K & K Renovation Inc. New York, NY Dec 18, 2015 $43,420
Helpers--Electricians Palka Electric LLC Wallington, NJ Sep 26, 2008 $38,589
Electrician's Helper Guys Electric Service of Westchester Inc. New Rochelle, NY Jul 29, 2010 $37,566
Helpers--Electricians 24/7 Electrical Company Bellevue, WA Oct 23, 2012 $37,566 -
$20
Helpers-Electricians Unified Ranger Inc. Westbury, NY Aug 22, 2008 $36,063
Helper-Electrician Builtrite Solutions, Inc. Bronxville, NY Nov 10, 2011 $35,734
Electrician Helper John F. Nittolo and Son Electrical Contractors Inc. Madison, NJ Nov 15, 2010 $35,145
Helpers-Electricians Thermo Plastic Tech Union, NJ Oct 01, 2008 $35,145
Helpers--Electricians Vordonia Contracting & Supplies Corporation Islandia, NY Mar 30, 2010 $34,477
Helpers-Electricians Horsepower Electric & Maintenance Co. New York, NY May 19, 2010 $34,477
Electrician Helper Legend Electrical Contractors, Inc. Clifton, NJ Apr 15, 2009 $34,039
Elactrician Helper Delta Phase Electrical Corp. New York, NY Apr 15, 2009 $34,039
Electrician's Helper Encore Electric, LLC Spotswood, NJ Jan 06, 2016 $33,925
Helpers--Electricians Manny's Lighting &Electric Corp Ossining, NY Oct 27, 2008 $33,538
Helpers--Electricians A and L Electric DBA A.F.E, Inc. Yonkers, NY Oct 20, 2008 $33,538
Electricians Helpers Apex Electric Service Inc. Clifton, VA Aug 24, 2011 $32,662
Electricians Helpers Apex Electric Service Inc. Clifton, VA Apr 15, 2009 $32,662
Helpers--Electricians International Maintenance Corp Rahway, NJ Nov 09, 2010 $32,390
Helper-Electricians Custom Electric Design LLC Warren, NJ Dec 17, 2010 $32,056
Electrician Helper Manny's Lighting &Electric Corp Ossining, NY Nov 22, 2011 $31,263
Helpers--Electricians P.E.C. Electric Washington, NJ May 21, 2013 $30,241
Helpers--Electricians Shtral Electrical Contracting Corp. New York, NY Mar 19, 2010 $29,489
Helpers--Electricians A & S Master Electrical Corp Islandia, NY Jun 10, 2010 $29,489 -
$31,305
Helper-Electricians A&S Master Electrical Corp Islandia, NY Jan 27, 2010 $29,489 -
$31,305
Helpers-Electricians Ike Electrical Corp. Nyack, NY Jun 12, 2008 $29,489
Helpers-Electricians Carmen Electric Co. New City, NY Nov 30, 2007 $29,281
Helpers-Electricians Pro-Tech Service Company, Inc. Warrenton, VA May 13, 2008 $29,197
Electrician Helper Federal Electric Fairfax, VA Nov 29, 2007 $28,175

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Top Skills for An Electrician 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:
  • Run conduit, pulled wires, pulled cable wires, fire alarm installation, installed receptacles, switches, and lighting.
  • Performed installation of basic residential wiring, fixtures, plugs and general troubleshooting of electrical systems.
  • Attained experience in using hand tools specifically designed for electrical related work.
  • Performed as the Top helper, assisted the Journeyman Electrician with running conduit, installed light fixtures and Industrial motoring.
  • Cable pulling to termination into receptacles

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