An electricians role is to quote, plan for, install and maintain electrical wiring systems. Electricians as tradesmen are able to specialise into different areas such as working indoors in homes and buildings, commercially, industrially and even on machinery, home appliances, and utilities. They may also alternatively work in outdoor settings, such as with power lines and street lights.
Electricians can work in a variety of settings depending on the organisation they are employed with. Regardless of whether an electrician works inside or outdoors, the role is always very physically demanding and labour intensive. They work on their feet all day, and often have to carry heavy equipment, and squeeze into small spaces, therefore ensuring that employees are physically able to complete the work is important.
Day-to-day tasks of this role:
- Install and maintain electrical wires.
- Read blueprints to understand where the cables need to go.
- Locating and replacing faulty wires.
- Reviewing work to ensure it meets the safety regulations and guidelines.
- Maintaining and replacing circuit breakers.
UNDERSTAND THE ROLE
Skills profile for an Electrician
In order to become an electrician, an individual must first complete their electrical apprenticeship, and then gain an electricians licence to be able to work unsupervised. To be eligible to enroll for an apprenticeship, the individual must first be working with an electrician company. There are also some common skills required for this position.
An electrician must have excellent attention to detail skills. They must have a high standard of quality of work, and be precise in the work they do to ensure no wires are faulty, and the power works as needed. They must ensure all cables are organised neatly, and have a keen eye for detail to ensure all powerpoints, lights, and cables are straight and tidy.
Electricians must be skilled in implementing safety measures into their work. They must prioritise safety in all aspects of their work, and be familiar and keep up to date with industry safety guidelines. They must also understand risks associated with electrical work, and actively work to prevent any issues or incidents.
Once you’ve determined the skills required for the role, you can write the job description to advertise for your position.
Electrician Job Description
- Why is this role being filled?
- How does this role fit into the organization and the team?
- What makes your company unique?
- What would it be like to work for you?
- What technical skills are needed for this role?
- Which soft skills are applicable?
- What are the nice-to-have experiences of your ideal candidate?
- Include availability preferences in this section
- What are the key deliverables for this role?
- What does the day-to-day of this role look like?
- Compensation & bonuses
- Employee benefits & perks
- Ongoing training benefits
PRO TIP #1
As electricians can work in all different workplace environments depending on the role, candidates may need to have acquired certain licenses or qualifications. For example, some organisations may require their electricians to have completed additional certificates or training programs, and on construction sites an electrician will need to acquire a white card. Electricians also usually have to drive to job sites themselves, which means the employees will need to have their drivers licence. Be sure to outline all the skills, qualifications and knowledge that is required of the successful candidate in the job description.
PRO TIP #2
Ensure that the entire recruitment process from job description to assessment to interview reiterates your company vision and values. This will help you identify the right people for the role, and applicants will know whether your company is the right fit for them.
Sample skills assessment
Attention to Detail
Question Type: Document
Describe a time where you have found a mistake in yours or someone else’s work. How did you find this and what did you do to rectify? Please outline this in the document below.
Question Type: Text
Describe your approach to safety on site.
Question Type: Video
What is your most and least favourite kind of project to work on?
Interview guide for an Electrician
Once your Vervoe skills assessment has surfaced the most qualified people for your open role, you can focus on interviewing these candidates. The PDF interview guide contains structured questions against each of the competencies for this role.
This interview guide is intended to be used in conjunction with the Vervoe skills assessment. Where a candidate has scored Low – Medium on a skill, focus on asking more questions from that skill to gain deeper insight into their level of competency.
PDF INTERVIEW GUIDE
Get your copy of the interview guide to complete the hiring process. Includes questions against each of the skill competencies for the role.