All farms require heating, lighting and water, and all cannot be accomplished without the skills of an electrician.
- Work with schematics (drawings and diagrams) showing wiring, circuits, outlets, signal devices, lights, load centers, panel boards and related equipment. Drawings also list specifications for materials.
- Perform calculations to determine the number of conductors a certain size conduit may safely accommodate
- Install electrical wiring, lighting fixtures, heating systems, distribution and control equipment such as switches, relays, circuit breaker panels, fuse boxes and fuses, power meters or connections to utility conductors according to local and federal codes and regulations.
- Install data cabling or cabling for telephone lines, satellite, wi-fi signals, etc.
- Replace and repair electrical systems and related electrical equipment when power or equipment failure is noticed.
- Splice, join and connect wire to form circuits, and cut, thread, bend, assemble and install conduits and other types of electrical conductor enclosures and fittings.
- Test circuits to ensure safety and integrity and to ensure electrical work are up to par with building codes and standards as well as fire regulation.
- Design fail-proof systems to alert producers if an electrical components fail or malfunction.
- Work with engineers or equipment technicians when designing a complex electronic system.
Skills and Qualifications
- Good oral and written communication and interpersonal skills, and capability of working well with other co-workers.
- Excellent reading comprehension and ability to follow blueprints and building layouts when installing or repairing electrical systems.
- Aptitude for mathematics and mechanics.
- Good physical strength and stamina, and ability to distinguish colours especially in working with colour-coded wiring.
- Ability to work in high places.
- Open to continuous learning in keeping current with new and changing technologies.
- Must be creative, highly organizational, self-motivated, patient and persistent, steady in nerves, outgoing, quick-thinking and confident.
- Must be able to do precision and detail-oriented work which requires determination, good technical, organizational and presentational skills, as well as innovative and inquisitive thinking.
Education and Training
In Alberta, an electrician must be either a registered apprentice, an Alberta-certified journeyman, or someone holding a recognizable related trade certificate.
Apprenticeship is a four-year term (four 12-month periods) including a minimum of 1,500 hours of on-the-job training in each of the three years, or 1,350 hours of on-the-job training and 12 weeks of technical training in the fourth year. Alberta Apprenticeship and Training arranges technical training through various colleges that offer such programs include NAIT (Northern Alberta Institute of Technology), SAIT (Southern Alberta Institute of Technology), Lakeland College in Vermillion, Keyano College in Fort McMurray and Red Deer College.
Salary and Wages
Industrial Electricians (as those who would operate with farm and ranch businesses) are expected salary and wages of:
Average hours worked: 40.6 per week
Average wage: $38.72 per hour
Average salary: $81,907.00 per annum