What does an electrical installer do?
Electrical installers work with a variety of electrical equipment and perform installation activities. They also perform routine and necessary maintenance and repair. They install, repair, and service a variety of equipment such as those in people’s homes, medical facilities, and corporation. They test equipment to ensure that it is functioning properly and meeting the proper specifications. Electrical installers also troubleshoot problems and test parts to determine the cause of a malfunction. Some electrical installers conduct research tasks to help with the development of new electronic equipment. Others prepare repair and instruction manuals. Many electrical installers specialize in a specific area such as medical equipment or motor vehicles.
What kind of training does an electrical installer need?
Electrical installers must have at least a high school diploma, but most employers prefer candidates with an associate degree in electronics. Many community colleges and vocational and technical schools offer programs in electronics. Electrical installers must have a sound knowledge of electrical equipment and electronics. Most employers provide on the job training where new electrical installers work with experienced installers and perform simple tasks. They move on to more advanced duties as they gain the essential skills and experience. Many organizations offer certification to enable electrical installers to remain competitive in the field. The Electronics Technicians Association (ETA) offers more than 50 certification programs. Certification requirements typically include minimum education and passing an examination.
What are the prospects for a career as an electrical installer?
Employment of electrical installers is expected to grow more slowly than average for all professions, increasing 5% from 2008 to 2018 (1). Increased automation and improved equipment reliability will contribute to the slow employment growth.
Job prospects are expected to be favorable especially for electrical installers with formal postsecondary training, professional certification, and extensive experience. Some job openings will arise from the need to replace electrical installers that retire, transfer, or leave the field for other reasons.
How much do electrical installers make?
As of December 2009, the average annual salary for electrical installers is $29,000; average annual electrical installer salaries vary greatly on location, employer, education, experience, and benefits (2).
A career as an electrical installer is a great choice for individuals with a strong interest in electrical installation, maintenance, and repair. Electrical installers must have a solid understanding of the principles of electronics technology and the basic laws of electricity and electrical circuits. Good eyesight, mechanical aptitude, detail orientation, determination, and good problem solving are necessary skills. Electrical installers must have excellent communication and the ability to work effectively independently and as part of a team. They must consistently abide by the proper safety precautions and procedures to prevent injury.