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Working As An Electrician 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

  • $31,257

    Average Salary

What Does An Electrician 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 Electrician 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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Electrician Helper Demographics

Gender

Male

91.4%

Female

6.9%

Unknown

1.6%
Ethnicity

White

78.8%

Hispanic or Latino

13.6%

Asian

5.7%

Unknown

1.5%

Black or African American

0.4%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

75.0%

French

3.9%

German

3.1%

Tagalog

2.3%

Arabic

2.3%

Italian

2.3%

Russian

1.6%

Polish

1.6%

Urdu

0.8%

Choctaw

0.8%

Chinese

0.8%

Chickasaw

0.8%

Bosnian

0.8%

Dutch

0.8%

Hmong

0.8%

Fuzhou

0.8%

Dakota

0.8%

Carrier

0.8%
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Electrician Helper Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

8.8%

Greenville Technical College

7.6%

Baton Rouge Community College

7.0%

Trident Technical College

6.4%

Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College

5.8%

Apex Technical School

5.8%

Midlands Technical College

5.8%

Hinds Community College

5.6%

Delgado Community College

5.0%

Wake Technical Community College

4.7%

Tri-County Technical College

4.1%

Alabama Southern Community College

4.1%

Sowela Technical Community College

4.1%

Universal Technical Institute

3.8%

Lee College

3.8%

Ashworth College

3.8%

Brazosport College

3.8%

Northeast State Community College

3.5%

A-Technical College

3.2%

South Texas College

3.2%
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Majors

Electrical Engineering Technology

24.7%

Electrical Engineering

10.7%

Business

10.2%

Electrical And Power Transmission Installers

7.6%

General Studies

6.1%

Criminal Justice

4.6%

Automotive Technology

4.5%

Industrial Technology

4.5%

Precision Metal Working

4.4%

Computer Science

3.4%

Heating And Air Conditioning

2.4%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

2.3%

Education

2.1%

Engineering

2.0%

Drafting And Design

1.8%

Management

1.8%

Liberal Arts

1.8%

Music

1.8%

Computer Information Systems

1.7%

Graphic Design

1.6%
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Degrees

Other

47.6%

Associate

20.5%

Certificate

12.9%

Bachelors

12.2%

Diploma

5.1%

Masters

0.9%

License

0.6%

Doctorate

0.2%
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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
Helpers--Electricians 24/7 Electrical Company Bellevue, WA Oct 23, 2012 $37,566 -
$20
Electrician's Helper Guys Electric Service of Westchester Inc. New Rochelle, NY Jul 29, 2010 $37,566
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
Helper-Electrician 85 Fourth Partners, LP Scarsdale, NY Jun 23, 2010 $34,039
Helpers--Electricians Derek Haaker, T/A Haake Electric Wyckoff, NJ Jun 21, 2012 $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 Ike Electrical Corp. Nyack, NY Jun 12, 2008 $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 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

ConduitFittingsHandToolsElectricalSystemComponentsSafetyLightFixturesConduitEndsDefectiveElectricalEquipmentFaultyCircuitBreakersWireEndsElectricalUnitsEMTPVCElectricalOutletsTerminateTestMeterJobSiteNewConstructionAttachWiresStripInsulationTroubleShooting

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  1. Conduit Fittings
  2. Hand Tools
  3. Electrical System Components
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Thread conduit ends and connect couplings and conduit fittings using wrench, installing pipes and pulling wires and run condor.
  • Disassemble faulty electrical equipment, change flawed or damaged parts, and mend equipment, by means of hand tools.
  • Erected electrical system components and barricades, and rig scaffolds, hoists, and shoring.
  • Followed blueprints to determine the location of wiring and equipment and to ensure conformance to building and safety codes.
  • Assist JM Electricians in connecting Power Cables and Wiring to Light Fixtures.

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