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Electrician Helper  What They Do

Just the Facts


Helps electricians by performing duties requiring less skill. Duties include using, supplying or holding materials or tools, and cleaning work area and equipment.

This career is part of the Architecture and Construction cluster Construction pathway.


A person in this career:

  • Measures, cuts and bends wires and conduits, using measuring instruments and hand tools.
  • Traces out short circuits in wiring, using a test meter.
  • Strips insulation from wire ends, using wire stripping pliers, and attaches wires to terminals for subsequent soldering.
  • Examines electrical units for loose connections and broken insulation and tighten connections, using hand tools.
  • Constructs controllers and panels, using power drills, drill presses, taps, saws and punches.
  • Drills holes and pulls or pushes wiring through openings, using hand and power tools.
  • Cleans work areas and washes parts.
  • Maintains tools, vehicles and equipment and keeps supplies and parts in order.
  • Transports tools, materials, equipment, and supplies to work site by hand, handtruck, or heavy, motorized truck.
  • Installs copper-clad ground rods, using a manual post driver.

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would often handle loads up to 20 lbs., sometimes up to 50 lbs. You might do a lot of lifting, carrying, pushing or pulling.
  • Work in this occupation involves bending or twisting your body more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupations requires climbing things such as ladders, scaffold, and poles more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves use of protective items such as safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hearing protection, a hard hat, or personal flotation devices
  • Exposure to pollutants, gases, dust, fumes, odors, poor ventilation, etc.
  • Requires getting into awkward positions
  • Lighting is either extremely bright or inadequate
  • Conditions are very hot (above 90 F) or very cold (under 32 F)
  • Work in this occupation involves using your hands to hold, control, and feel objects more than one-third of the time
  • Exposed to conditions such as high voltage electricity, combustibles, explosives, and chemicals more than once a month
  • Exposed to hazardous equipment such as saws, machinery, or vehicular traffic more than once a month
  • Exposed to hazardous situations involving possible injury such as cuts, bites, stings, and minor burns more than once a month
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves kneeling, crouching, stooping, and/or crawling more than one-third of the time
  • Sound and noise levels are loud and distracting
  • Work in this occupation requires being outside most of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves making repetitive motions more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves standing more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves walking or running more than one-third of the time
  • Work at heights above 8 feet more than once a month on structures such as ladders, poles, scaffolding, and catwalks

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Identifying color and seeing differences in color, including shades and brightness
  • Bending, stretching, twisting, or reaching
  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Speaking clearly enough to be able to be understood by others
  • Using abdominal and lower back muscles repeatedly or over time without tiring

Work Hours and Travel

  • Irregular hours

Specialty and Similar Careers

Careers that are more detailed or close to this career:

  • Apprentice Electrician --
  • Electrician Technician --
  • Marine Electrician Helper --
  • Utilities Ground Worker --