Chief Electrician; Control Electrician; Electrician; Industrial Electrician; Inside Wireman; Journeyman Electrician; Journeyman Wireman; Maintenance Electrician; Mechanical Trades Specialist, Electrician; Qualified Craft Worker, Electrician (QCW, Electrician)
Electricians: 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.
- Plan layout and installation of electrical wiring, equipment, or fixtures, based on job specifications and local codes.
- Connect wires to circuit breakers, transformers, or other components.
- 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.
- 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.
- Inspect electrical systems, equipment, or components to identify hazards, defects, or the need for adjustment or repair, and to ensure compliance with codes.
- Prepare sketches or follow blueprints to determine the location of wiring or equipment and to ensure conformance to building and safety codes.
- Diagnose malfunctioning systems, apparatus, or components, using test equipment and hand tools to locate the cause of a breakdown and correct the problem.
- Work from ladders, scaffolds, or roofs to install, maintain, or repair electrical wiring, equipment, or fixtures.
- Advise management on whether continued operation of equipment could be hazardous.
- Maintain current electrician’s license or identification card to meet governmental regulations.
- 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.
- Direct or train workers to install, maintain, or repair electrical wiring, equipment, or fixtures.
- Repair or replace wiring, equipment, or fixtures, using hand tools or power tools.
- Install ground leads and connect power cables to equipment, such as motors.
- Assemble, install, test, or maintain electrical or electronic wiring, equipment, appliances, apparatus, or fixtures, using hand tools or power tools.
- Perform business management duties, such as maintaining records or files, preparing reports, or ordering supplies or equipment.
- Fasten small metal or plastic boxes to walls to house electrical switches or outlets.
- Construct or fabricate parts, using hand tools, according to specifications.
- Perform physically demanding tasks, such as digging trenches to lay conduit or moving or lifting heavy objects.
- Provide assistance during emergencies by operating floodlights or generators, placing flares, or driving needed vehicles.
- Provide preliminary sketches or cost estimates for materials or services.
Median Salary (2018) in the USA – $26.53/hourly or $55,190/annually.
Median Salary (2018) in Michigan – $28.82/hourly or $59,940/annually.
Employment growth trends (2016-2026) – 5% to 9%.
Electrical Training Alliance, IBEW-NECA: “We are the leading publisher of educational materials for the electrical industry. For over 70 years, we have been the only curriculum endorsed by the industry’s largest labor organizations- the IBEW and NECA. With our instructor training resources, regionalized curriculum and advanced learning technologies, we bring a new level of education to the classroom and can train students better than any other curriculum available.” (Electrical Training Alliance, 2018). The alliance’s library consists of training materials for the electrical industry is not only the largest in the world but the best in the world, having been created by the brightest experts and educators in the industry.
Michigan Electrical Contractors Association: MECA is a non-profit organization established in 1953 to promote safety, social, educational, and business relationships between electrical contractors, their employees and others working in the electrical industry.
Occupational Outlook Handbook, Electricians:2018 Median Wage- $26.53 per hour or $55,190 per year. The number of jobs in 2016- 666,900. See page for more information regarding what electricians do, what their work environment is, how to become an electrician, pay prospects, job outlook, state & area data, similar occupations, and more information.
National Electrical Contractors Association: NECA & The Electrical Contracting Industry’s members strive to be solution-providers for their customers, and their industry expertise benefits everyone working on an electrical construction project. NECA contractors set industry standards for traditional and integrated electrical systems and lead the industry in the practical application of new technologies.