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Electrician

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Education
Most occupations in this zone require job specific training (vocational training) related to the occupation (NFQ Levels 5 and 6 or higher), related on-the-job experience, or a relevant professional award.

Related Experience
Previous work-related skills, knowledge, or experience is required for these occupations. For example, several years of full or part-time employment in the area may suffice.

Job Training
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€25k > 48
Electrician
Salary Range
(thousands per year)*
€25 - 48
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Last Updated: March, 2017

* The lower figures typically reflect starting salaries. Higher salaries are awarded to those with greater experience and responsibility. Positions in Dublin sometimes command higher salaries.
Shortage Indicator

The National Skills Bulletin 2016 reports the following:

  • The evidence points to a growing demand for electricians, which is reflected in the increased number of job vacancies advertised in 2015, as well as the fact that employers are experiencing difficulty in sourcing these skills from within the EEA area (approximately 90 employment permits were issued in 2015);
  • A simultaneous presence of a large number of job seekers (2,000 in May 2016) and vacancies (3,400 in May 2016), coupled with transitions data, point at a higher than average turnover rate.
  • A significant portion of job seekers (electricians) hold at most Junior Certificate qualifications, indicating that sourcing suitably qualified electricians may be an issue for employers
  • Supply from the apprenticeship system has declined sharply in recent

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Also included in this category:

Weavers and knitters; upholsterers; shoe repairers and other footwear and leather working trades; tailors and dressmakers; clothing manufacturers, embroiderers and other textiles, garments and related trades; glass and ceramic makers; furniture makers and other craft woodworkers; florists and other skilled trades not elsewhere classified

Number Employed:

9,500

Part time workers: 25%
Aged over 55: 23%
Male / Female: 70 / 30%
Non-Nationals: 23%
With Third Level: 29%
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At a Glance... header image

Installs, services, maintains and repairs electrical wiring and connects to power in all type of buildings from domestic to industrial.


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1Total Records:4

Eileen Faherty
Electrician / Quantity Surveyor

Eileen Faherty is a Quantity Surveyor with Jones Engineering Group. Eilleen completed a four year electrician appreticeship and further obtained a Btech in Construction Technology from DIT. Her work involves preparing variations for construction projects along with labour spends reports and project cost projections.

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Emmet Grogan
Electrician

Emmett Grogan is an electrician and co-owner of Assist Electrical Services in Co. Louth. Emmet gives an overview of the electrical apprenticeship training and how important both on the job and off the job phases are to the development of key skills. 

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Mark Maguire
Apprentice Electrician
Mark Maguire is a third year apprentice electrician. Having worked in the autoelectrical trade for five years he then began employment as an apprentice electrician with Designer Group. Mark would consider Construction Studies and Maths to be very important subjects that he uses daily in his work.
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Rose Griffin
Network Technician

Rose Griffin works as a Network Technician for the ESB. She joined the ESB following her Leaving Cert after seeing the Electical apprenticship advertised on her school noticeboard. The apprenticship took four years and combined on the job training with off the job lectures and exams.  Having completed her apprenticship, she applied for a permanent position with the ESB, as a Network Technician and was delighted when she got the job.

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The Work header image

Electricians employed by the Electricity Supply Board (ESB) engage in electrical power supply and distribution.  
 
Electricians employed by electrical contractors are usually engaged in the installation of lighting, heating and power equipment and the repair of existing equipment and appliances.  
 
Those in industrial employment are generally engaged in the maintenance and repair of factory plant, machinery and generating equipment.


Tasks & Activitiesheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported tasks and activities for this occupation

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Plan layout and installation of electrical wiring, equipment, or fixtures, based on job specifications and local codes.

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Connect wires to circuit breakers, transformers, or other components.

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Test electrical systems or continuity of circuits in electrical wiring, equipment, or fixtures, using testing devices, such as ohmmeters, voltmeters, or oscilloscopes, to ensure compatibility and safety of system.

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Use a variety of tools or equipment, such as power construction equipment, measuring devices, power tools, and testing equipment, such as oscilloscopes, ammeters, or test lamps.

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Inspect electrical systems, equipment, or components to identify hazards, defects, or the need for adjustment or repair, and to ensure compliance with codes.

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Prepare sketches or follow blueprints to determine the location of wiring or equipment and to ensure conformance to building and safety codes.

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Diagnose malfunctioning systems, apparatus, or components, using test equipment and hand tools to locate the cause of a breakdown and correct the problem.

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Work from ladders, scaffolds, or roofs to install, maintain, or repair electrical wiring, equipment, or fixtures.

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Advise management on whether continued operation of equipment could be hazardous.

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Maintain current electrician's license or identification card to meet governmental regulations.

Work Activities header image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported work activities in this occupation.

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Handling and Moving Objects: Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.

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Performing General Physical Activities: Performing physical activities that require considerable use of your arms and legs and moving your whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials.

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Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings: Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.

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Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge: Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.

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Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work: Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.

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Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events: Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.

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Coordinating the Work and Activities of Others: Getting members of a group to work together to accomplish tasks.

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Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material: Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects.

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Repairing and Maintaining Electronic Equipment: Servicing, repairing, calibrating, regulating, fine-tuning, or testing machines, devices, and equipment that operate primarily on the basis of electrical or electronic (not mechanical) principles.

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Judging the Qualities of Things, Services, or People: Assessing the value, importance, or quality of things or people.


Knowledge header image

The following is a list of the five most commonly reported knowledge areas for this occupation.

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Building and Construction: Knowledge of materials, methods, and the tools involved in the construction or repair of houses, buildings, or other structures such as highways and roads.

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Mechanical: Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

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Mathematics: Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.

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English Language: Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

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Design: Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.


Skillsheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported skills used in this occupation.

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Troubleshooting: Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.

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Installation: Installing equipment, machines, wiring, or programs to meet specifications.

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Repairing: Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.

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Critical Thinking: Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

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Monitoring: Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

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Learning Strategies: Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.

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Quality Control Analysis: Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.

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Coordination: Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

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Equipment Maintenance: Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.

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Reading Comprehension: Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

Personal Qualitiesheader image

To be an electrician you must have practical skills because you will use a variety of tools and equipment. You must be able to read and interpret technical drawings and follow safety procedures very carefully.  
 
Electricians need strong problem-solving skills, so you have to be well organised, thorough and methodical.  
 
You must enjoy seeing a job through from start to finish.  
 
You will also need good communication and interpersonal skills, to work well with other electricians and professionals. You will be required to explain your work clearly to customers, reassuring them with your knowledge and using a calm, professional manner.  
 
Electricians should be physically fit because the job usually involves kneeling, bending and lifting heavy equipment.


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Go..Electrician - from: N.C.S. [UK]
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Organisation: Electricity Supply Board (ESB)
Address: Head Office, 27 Lower Fitzwilliam Street, Dublin 2
Tel: (01) 676 5831
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Organisation: SOLAS
Address: Castleforbes House, Castleforbes Road, Dublin, 1
Tel: (01) 533 2500
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