How to become an Electrician in Uganda

Electrical technicians help create, maintain and repair the electronic components and equipment used in any equipment or device that involves electricity. They can sometimes work with electricians or electrical engineers, or work on site to keep machinery and specialty equipment running correctly


Install, maintain, and repair electrical wiring, equipment, and fixtures. Ensure that work is in accordance with relevant codes. May install or service street lights, intercom systems, or electrical control systems.

How to become an Electrician in Uganda


Electricians install and maintain electrical power, communications, lighting, and control systems in homes, businesses, and factories.


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

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

3. 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.

4. 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

11. Place conduit, pipes, or tubing, inside designated partitions, walls, or other concealed areas, and pull insulated wires or cables through the conduit to complete circuits between boxes.

12.Direct or train workers to install, maintain, or repair electrical wiring, equipment, or fixtures.

13. Repair or replace wiring, equipment, or fixtures, using hand tools or power tools.

14. Install ground leads and connect power cables to equipment, such as motors.

15. Assemble, install, test, or maintain electrical or electronic wiring, equipment, appliances, apparatus, or fixtures, using hand tools or power tools.

16. Perform business management duties, such as maintaining records or files, preparing reports, or ordering supplies or equipment.

17. Fasten small metal or plastic boxes to walls to house electrical switches or outlets.

18. Construct or fabricate parts, using hand tools, according to specifications.

19. Perform physically demanding tasks, such as digging trenches to lay conduit or moving or lifting heavy objects.

20. Provide assistance during emergencies by operating floodlights or generators, placing flares, or driving needed vehicles.

21. Provide preliminary sketches or cost estimates for materials or services.

Key knowledge areas

1. 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.

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

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

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

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

6. Public Safety and Security — Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.

7. Customer and Personal Service — Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

8. Administration and Management — Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.

9. Physics — Knowledge and prediction of physical principles, laws, their interrelationships, and applications to understanding fluid, material, and atmospheric dynamics, and mechanical, electrical, atomic and sub- atomic structures and processes.

10. Education and Training — Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

11. Telecommunications — Knowledge of transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.


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

2. Active Listening — Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

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

4. Judgment and Decision Making — Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

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

6. Active Learning — Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.

7. Complex Problem Solving — Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

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

9. Instructing — Teaching others how to do something.

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

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

12. Speaking — Talking to others to convey information effectively.

13. Coordination — Adjusting actions in relation to others’ actions.

14. Equipment Selection — Determining the kind of tools and equipment needed to do a job.

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

16. Mathematics — Using mathematics to solve problems.

17. Operation and Control — Controlling operations of equipment or systems.

18. Operation Monitoring — Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

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

20. Systems Analysis — Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.

21. Systems Evaluation — Identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system.

22. Time Management — Managing one’s own time and the time of others.

23. Repairing — Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.