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Electrical Contractor

Electrical contractors erect, install, repair, service and maintain electrical installations and equipment.

Also Known As

Master Electrician

NOC Codes

In Canada, the federal government groups and organizes occupations based on a National Occupational Classification (NOC) system. This alis occupation may not reflect the entire NOC group it is part of. Data for the NOC group can apply across multiple occupations.

The NOC system is updated every 5 years to reflect changes in the labour market. Government forms and labour market data may group and refer to an occupation differently, depending on the system used. Here is how this occupation has been classified over time:

  • 2006 NOC: Contractors and Supervisors, Electrical Trades and Telecommunications Occupations (7212) 
  • 2006 NOC-S: Contractors and Supervisors, Electrical Trades and Telecommunications Occupations (H012) 
  • 2011 NOC: Contractors and supervisors, electrical trades and telecommunications occupations (7202) 
  • 2016 NOC: Contractors and supervisors, electrical trades and telecommunications occupations (7202) 
  • 2021 NOC: Contractors and supervisors, electrical trades and telecommunications occupations (72011) 
Interests & Abilities

In Alberta, this occupation is part of 1 or more 2006 National Occupational Classification (NOC) groups. If there are multiple related NOC groups, select a NOC heading to learn about each one.

Contractors and Supervisors, Electrical Trades and Telecommunications Occupations

2006 NOC: 7212

Interest Codes

Interest Codes for This NOC Group
DIRECTIVE

Interest in supervising the activities of workers who install, repair and maintain electrical wiring, fixtures and control devices, power systems, telecommunication systems and cablevision systems; and in ensuring that standards for safe working conditions are observed; may supervise activities of related workers

innovative

Interest in co-ordinating and scheduling the activities of workers; and in resolving problems; may co-ordinate and schedule activities of apprentices, helpers and labourers

objective

Interest in understanding the functioning of equipment and machinery and the production procedures used in electrical trades and telecommunications

Your Interest Codes

To identify or change your interest codes, complete the Interests Exercise in CAREERinsite.

Reading Interest Codes
A Quick Guide

The interest code helps you figure out if you’d like to work in a particular occupation. 

It’s based on the Canadian Work Preference Inventory (CWPI), which measures 5 occupational interests: Directive, Innovative, Methodical, Objective, and Social.

Each set of 3 interest codes for this NOC group is listed in order of importance.

A code in capital letters means it’s a strong fit for the occupation.

A code in all lowercase letters means the fit is weaker.

Learn About Interests

Abilities

Typical ability expectations for this NOC group
Your abilities

To fill in or change the values for your abilities, complete the Abilities Exercise in CAREERinsite.

Mental Abilities

General Learning Ability

Verbal Ability

Numerical Ability

Visual Abilities

Spatial Perception

Form Perception

Clerical Perception

Physical Abilities

Motor Coordination

Finger Dexterity

Manual Dexterity

Understanding Abilities

A Quick Guide

You are born with abilities that help you process certain types of information and turn it into action. These abilities influence which skills you can learn more easily.

The abilities or aptitudes shown for this NOC group come from the General Aptitude Test Battery (GATB). The GATB measures 9 aptitudes. It groups them into 3 categories: mental, visual, and physical.

The abilities scores range from 1 to 5, with 5 being stronger.

Learn About Abilities

Duties
Updated Mar 31, 2020

Electrical contractors are master electricians or employ master electricians. They apply for and obtain permits for electrical work. They may do various types of construction or service work. They may specialize in certain types of projects, such as:

  • Residential (dwellings, such as houses, townhouses, or apartment buildings)
  • Commercial (for example, office buildings or shopping malls)
  • Institutional (public projects, such as schools, hospitals, and libraries)
  • Industrial (for example, refineries or factories)

Duties and responsibilities vary from one job to another. In general, electrical contractors:

  • Negotiate project requirements with customers
  • Estimate material, equipment, labour, and other costs
  • Prepare bids for the electrical work involved in construction projects
  • Negotiate contract terms with clients
  • Plan and schedule work
  • Purchase materials
  • Hire and supervise electricians and apprentices
  • Negotiate with unions and other parties
  • Track progress and ensure compliance with architectural plans, blueprints, safety codes, certification rules, permit regulations, and other specifications
  • Co-ordinate activities with other construction managers
  • Ensure project completion is on time and on budget
  • Prepare progress reports for clients
  • Prepare invoices, manage receivables, and follow up with clients regarding payment
  • Prepare and maintain safety programs

Most electrical contractors have a main crew of employees and hire more help as needed.

Working Conditions
Updated Mar 31, 2020
  • Strength Required Lift up to 5 kg

Working conditions on construction sites vary from one site to another. Electrical contractors often work long, irregular hours to meet project deadlines. They may travel to visit clients, job sites, and suppliers.

On construction sites, electrical contractors must wear personal protective equipment. For example, hard hats and safety boots reduce risk of injury. Dealing with unexpected delays, managing unrealistic expectations, and collecting overdue payments can be stressful.

Traits & Skills
Updated Mar 31, 2020

Electrical contractors need:

  • Exceptional organizational skills
  • Oral and written communication skills
  • Creative problem-solving skills
  • Leadership skills
  • Negotiation skills

They should enjoy working on electrical systems and equipment under demanding conditions. They should also enjoy solving problems and co-ordinating / scheduling activities. They should be comfortable directing and supervising the work of others.

Educational Requirements
Updated Mar 31, 2020
  • Minimum Education Varies

Business success does not necessarily depend on education level. However, electrical contractors benefit from related education and supervisory experience. They may be journeyperson electricians or have post-secondary education in electrical engineering. For more information, see the Electrician, Electrical Engineering Technologist and Electrical Engineer occupational profiles. 

To help electrical contractors operate successful and profitable businesses, the Electrical Contractors Association of Alberta offers a Professional Education Program. It includes the following courses:

  • Accounting Principles
  • Business and Public Relations
  • Assessing and Finalizing the Tender
  • Legal Implications
  • Project Management
  • Safety Principles

Related Education

The following schools offer programs or courses that are related to this occupation but are not required to enter the field.

Northern Alberta Institute of Technology

To expand or narrow your search for programs related to this occupation, visit Post-Secondary Programs.

Completing a program does not guarantee entrance into an occupation. Before enrolling in an education program, prospective students should look into various sources for education options and employment possibilities. For example, contact associations and employers in this field.

Certification Requirements
Updated Mar 31, 2020
  • Certification Provincially Regulated

To obtain electrical permits in Alberta, a contractor must have an Alberta Master Electrician’s certificate or employ someone who does. 

Electrical Contractor / Master Electrician

Master electricians and professional electrical contractors can obtain electrical permits for electrical installations in Alberta. They may be electrical contractors themselves or work for companies that do electrical contracting work.

Legislation

Master Electrician is a designation awarded under the Certification and Permit Regulation [pdf]. In Alberta, only Master Electricians awarded a Certificate of Competency by the Safety Codes Council are able to obtain electrical permits (other than homeowners)

Professional Electrical Contractor (PEC), Certified Master Electrician (CME) and Registered Master Electrician (RME) are titles awarded by the Electrical Contractors Association of Alberta (ECAA). These titles and abbreviations are protected under Alberta’s Professional and Occupational Associations Registration Act [pdf]. You do not have to be registered with ECAA if you do not use one of these titles or abbreviations.

For information on what you need and other details, visit the certification profile Electrical Contractor / Master Electrician.

Employment & Advancement
Updated Mar 31, 2020

Electrical contractors may be public companies, private businesses, or self-employed individuals. They are often contracted by large general contracting companies. Advancement generally means building an increasingly successful business or being assigned larger, more complex projects.

Electrical contractors are part of the larger 2011 National Occupational Classification 7202: Contractors and supervisors, electrical trades and telecommunications occupations. In Alberta, 75% of people employed in this classification work in the following industries:

The employment outlook [pdf] in this occupation is influenced by a wide variety of factors including:

  • Trends and events affecting overall employment, especially in the industries listed above
  • Location in Alberta
  • Employment turnover (when people leave existing positions)
  • Occupational growth (when new positions are created)
  • Size of the occupation

In Alberta, the 7202: Contractors and supervisors, electrical trades and telecommunications occupations occupational group is expected to have a below-average annual growth of 1.6% from 2019 to 2023. In addition to job openings created by employment turnover, 98 new positions are forecasted to be created within this occupational group each year.

Note
NOC groups often include several related occupations. Although there is labour market data for the larger NOC group, this occupation makes up only a part of that group. It means data for this occupation may be different than the data shown. For example, only some of the new positions to be created will be for this occupation. It also applies to other data for the NOC group such as number of people employed.

Source: 2019-2023 Alberta Regional Occupational Demand Outlook

Employment turnover is expected to increase as members of the baby boom generation retire over the next few years.

Wage & Salary
Updated Mar 31, 2020

Earnings for self-employed electrical contractors vary a great deal from contractor to contractor and year to year.

In Alberta, this occupation is part of 1 or more 2016 National Occupational Classification (NOC) groups. If there are multiple related NOC groups, select a NOC heading to learn about each one.

Contractors and supervisors, electrical trades and telecommunications occupations

2016 NOC: 7202
Average Wage
$39.71
Per Hour
Average Salary
$82,493.00
Per Year
Average Hours
40
Per Week
Average Months on Payroll
11.9
Survey Methodology Survey Analysis

Source
2021 Alberta Wage and Salary Survey

NOC 7202 Wage Profile

Unless otherwise noted, the data shown here is for all industries and all regions in Alberta.

All wage estimates are hourly except where otherwise indicated. Wages and salaries do not include overtime hours, tips, benefits, profit shares, bonuses (unrelated to production), and other forms of compensation.

To see the full survey data for this NOC group, visit the wage profile.

Other wage sources
To make an informed wage and salary decision, research other wage sources [pdf] to supplement this data.

B: Good Reliability
Data Reliability Code Definition

Good Reliability, represents a CV of between 6.01% and 15.00% and/or fewer than 30 survey observations and/or if survey observations represent less than 50% of all estimated employment for the occupation.


Hourly Wage

For full-time and part-time employees
  • Low
  • High
  • Average
  • Median
Starting
Overall
Top

Hourly Wage

For full-time and part-time employees
Wages* Low (5th percentile) High (95th percentile) Average Median
Starting $20.19 $44.42 $35.51 $35.40
Overall $25.96 $55.00 $39.71 $40.15
Top $27.10 $61.54 $42.40 $40.15

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* All wage estimates are hourly except where otherwise indicated. Wages and salaries do not include overtime hours, tips, benefits, profit shares, bonuses (unrelated to production) and other forms of compensation.

Pay brackets for hourly wages

  • Starting pay: average pay offered for entry-level positions
  • Overall pay: average pay across all employees in this occupation
  • Top pay: average pay offered to top-paid employees

Industry Information

Construction
ALL INDUSTRIES
Public Administration

Skills Shortage

Employers that Recruited in the Last 2 Years
20%
20%)
Recruiting Employers that Experienced Hiring Difficulties
18%
18%
Employers with Unfilled Vacancies of over 4 Months
5%
5%
Vacancy Rate
1%
Related Post-Secondary Field of Study
  • Engineering and Science Technologies
  • Engineering, Architecture and Related Studies
  • Trades, Industrial and Related Training
Other Sources of Information
Updated Mar 31, 2020

Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training website: tradesecrets.alberta.ca

BuildForce Canada website: www.buildforce.ca

Construction Labour Relations - Alberta website: www.clra.org

Electrical Contractors Association of Alberta website: www.ecaa.ab.ca

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Updated Mar 31, 2020. The information contained in this profile is current as of the dates shown. Salary, employment outlook, and educational program information may change without notice. It is advised that you confirm this information before making any career decisions.

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