Electrician Helper

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Electrician helpers find, diagnose, and repair problems. For example, if a motor stops working, they perform tests to determine the cause of its failure and then, depending on the results, fix or replace the motor.
Critical thinking
Precise decision making
Electrician helpers perform tests and use the results to diagnose problems. For example, when an outlet is not working, they may use a multimeter to check the voltage, amperage, or resistance to determine the best course of action.
Color vision
Cannot be colorblind
Electrician helpers must identify electrical wires by color.

Job Description

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

Helper electrician responsibilities:

  • Assist in installing electrical systems
  • Install sound and data systems
  • Install lighting, electrical outlets, and circuit breakers
  • Thread conduit ends and connect couplings
  • Replace faulty circuit breakers, fuses, and switches
  • Replace old fuse boxes
  • Hook up appliances for power
  • Install new lighting and ceiling fans.
  • Repair machine tools and industrial robots
  • Consult with engineers
  • Rewire homes and businesses
  • Assist in home inspections

Helpers assist construction craftworkers, such as electricians and carpenters, with a variety of tasks. They may carry tools and materials or help set up equipment. For example, many helpers work with cement masons to move and set the forms that determine the shape of poured concrete. Many other helpers assist with taking apart equipment, cleaning up sites, and disposing of waste, as well as helping with any other needs of craftworkers.

Job Outlook

Median Pay – $33,840
2 Year Associate’s Degree
No Related Work Experience
Moderate-term on-the-job training
Lowest 10%
Highest 10%
The industries that hired the most were:

Electrical contractor industry


Construction industry






TN College of Applied Technology - Athens


  • Time Commitment – Full Time
  • Program Length – 20 Months
  • Average Pay – $31,410/yr
  • Cost – $8,140

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The Mechanical Maintenance Electrical and Instrumentation Department
of the Tennessee College of Applied Technology Athens is to meet more adequately the Mechanical
Maintenance Electrical and Instrumentation training needs of citizens and residents of the five-county service delivery area (SDA) including employees of existing and prospective industries and businesses.The program has been designed to assist students in the following:

  • Provide entry-level job skills in the following areas:
  • Plant Maintenance
  • New Construction
  • Machine Building


  • Program Length – 2 Years (Degree)
  • Average Earnings – $31,410/yr
  • Cost – $4,876

The Electrical Engineering Technology A.A.S. provides students with the knowledge and skills necessary to secure gainful employment in manufacturing industries, telecommunications, and healthcare, to name a few. Skills emphasized in the program include  but not limited to: AC and DC circuitry, programmable logic controller programming, robotics programming, biomedical equipment calibration and repair, and maintenance in an advanced automation setting.

This is a technical degree designed for immediate employment in advance manufacturing and is not designed for transfer although some four year institutions may accept part of the course work toward the bachelor’s degree.

Cleveland State

Cleveland State Community College


TN College of Applied Technology - Chattanooga


  • Time Commitment – Full Time
  • Program Length – 1 Year (Diploma)
  • Cost – $5,105

Graduates of the Industrial Electricity program are qualified, through on-the-job and classroom training, to enter the work force as qualified electricians. They will be able to plan, install, troubleshoot and repair commercial and residential electrical systems. Both full-time day and evening classes are offered on main campus.

Industrial electricity is a broad field of employment. Industrial electricity technicians install, maintain and repair electrical systems and equipment, including those in motors, transformers, wiring, switches, alarms and programmable logic control systems. Tools used to accomplish this work include voltmeters, ammeters, oscilloscopes, and other technical test equipment. The program is accredited by the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER).