Journeypersons FAQs

A good solution would be to apply for the Entry Level Trades Training (ELTT) course offered by the EJTC. This course gives students a solid foundation on what is needed to be a success in the electrical trade. If chosen at a later date for an apprenticeship sponsored by the EJTC, then past work experience from other countries might be considered by the EJTC.

Construction electricians install and repair electrical wiring and related equipment in buildings. Because electricity is used for a variety of purposes including climate control, security and communications, electricians need to be proficient in many applications of electricity. They are employed by electrical contractors, maintenance departments of large institutions, such as hospitals or industrial plants, or they may be self-employed.

Construction electricians work on both new construction sites and on renovations to existing buildings. They ensure that all electrical connections are safe and meet the electrical code.

Electricians interpret architectural drawings and electrical code specifications at construction sites. They pull wire through conduits and through holes in walls and floors. They install, replace and repair lighting fixtures and other electrical equipment such as switches, relays and circuit breaker panels. They splice, join and connect wire to fixtures and components to form circuits, according to the plans. As well, they test circuits to ensure the compatibility and safety of systems. In many cases they are called on to troubleshoot faults in electrical and electronic systems as well as to connect sound and visual communication equipment, signaling devices and heating and cooling systems. At some sites, they conduct preventive maintenance programs.