The electrical trade industry in Canada has been predicted to undergo some major changes in the coming years.
Many of those currently working in the sector have been nearing retirement but there will not be enough younger workers to take over the work load and experts have been anticipating a labour shortage in the market.
There has also been a shift in electrical sources that has demanded change for contractors. A move to more sustainable sources has required electricians to adapt to greener technologies.
However, for those in the industry these changes only present opportunities to grow and transform how the modern electrical sector functions.
The average tradesperson in Canada is between 40 and 50 years old, which is a bit older than it was in the 1980s. The average age of a tradespersons in the 1980s was 36 years.
Statistics Canada has previously estimated there were 86,000 electricians in the country, according to the Globe and Mail. About 15 per cent of those were self employed and only 1,600 were women.
The income outlook for those in the industry has remained good. On average, skilled tradespeople earn $29.47 an hour and the average salary for an electrician is $52,000-$70,000 a year.
In a look at how electrical tradespeople have been paid among the provinces, Saskatchewan, British Columbia and Alberta came out on top. In 2016 the average salary in Saskatchewan was $78,363, while in BC for the same year it was $73,741 and Alberta electrical contractors were earning about $69,858.
Most often the larger the company the better the pay for electrical contractors. In 2016 companies with 2,000-4,999 employees were paying their employees the most at $88,437. Companies with 200-599 employees were paying their contractors $87,246 and companies with 50-199 employees were paying, on average, $78,750. However, companies that employ 5,000-19,999 employees only paid their contractors $61, 878.
GETTING STARTED AS AN ELECTRICAL TRADESPERSON
There have been two primary areas of specialization in the Canadian electrical industry. Industrial electricians usually work at industrial facilities like hydroelectric dams while a construction electrician works on all parts of the electrical system in buildings.
To begin a career in the industry there needs to be some time spent as an apprentice, according to an article in the Globe and Mail. Depending on the province this can be several hundred or even thousands of hours. After completing the hours, the apprentice then needs to write an exam to become a journeyperson electrician.
However, before anyone can become an apprentice they need to have some previous experience, which has been where a pre-apprenticeship program comes in. There are several colleges across Canada that help prepare aspiring electricians for their apprenticeship.
Some of the essential skills identified by the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) were reading, document use and numeracy. There has also been a demand for adaptability to technology as the electrical workplace undergoes changes.
OVERVIEW OF CANADIAN INDUSTRY
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