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Become A Commercial And Industrial Electrician

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Working As A Commercial And Industrial Electrician

  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
  • Getting Information
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material
  • Handling and Moving Objects
  • Outdoors/walking/standing

  • $51,880

    Average Salary

What Does A Commercial And Industrial Electrician Do At Tradesmen International, Inc.

* Helping install power supply wiring and conduit
* Measuring, cutting, and bending wire and conduit, using measuring instruments and hand tools
* Examining electrical units for loose connections and broken insulation and tighten connections, using hand tools
* Cleaning work area and washing parts
* Eagerness to learn to comprehend schematic diagrams, blueprints and other specifications required by our client
* Experience working with hand tools, power tool and electronic test equipment
* Working knowledge of job site safety
* High standard of integrity and professionalism
* Drug free at all times
* Requirements

What Does A Commercial And Industrial Electrician Do At Premier Service Company I

* Installs electrical wiring and instrumentation systems to support processing equipment.
* Uses time efficiently while assigned to multiple projects.
* When assigned, will work with outside electrical contractors working onsite to ensure and inspect work quality.
* In addition, will work with outside vendors to specify new equipment requirements.
* Troubleshoots diagnoses and corrects electrical problems in the power distribution, electrical equipment, instrumentation systems and lighting systems.
* Teach electrical fundamentals to new maintenance mechanics and Apprentice Electricians.
* Installs, removes, repairs, overhauls and tests electrical equipment, both alternating and direct current.
* Performs installation, removal and repair of a wide range of electrical equipment, such as power circuits, lighting systems, switchgear, transformers, starters, controllers, capacitors, production equipment power and control systems, electronic power and control and communication equipment.
* Diagnoses equipment failures and make necessary repairs while minimizing production down time.
* Demonstrates the ability to start flake drum from a cold start.
* Operates production and packaging equipment to check work as required.
* Performs mechanical work on electrical equipment.
* Works to meet current electrical codes and company policies and practices.
* Selects proper equipment size, wire and conduit sizes, breaker switch and fuse sizes from appropriate catalogs.
* Reads electrical and related blueprints and schematics.
* Demonstrates the ability to work from drawings, verbal instructions or sketches.
* Directs work and instructs other electricians, helpers and apprentices.
* Performs necessary mathematics to determine proper components and installation requirements.
* Completes routine paperwork as required, follows lockout/tag out safety procedures, utilizes confined space permits.
* Utilizes proper rigging techniques.
* Must comply with all safety regulations, attend safety meetings and follow all plant and safety rules.
* Follows all good manufacturing practices as set up by the company policy.
* Completes other duties as assigned by the Maintenance Manager and/or Lead.
* Takes charge in the absence of the Maintenance Manager and/or Lead

What Does A Commercial And Industrial Electrician Do At Peopleready

* LIMITED TO: Test electrical systems or continuity of circuits in electrical wiring, equipment, or fixtures.
* Diagnose malfunctioning systems.
* Assemble, install, test, or maintain electrical systems and appliances, using hand tools or power tools

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How To Become A Commercial And Industrial Electrician

Although most electricians learn through an apprenticeship, some start out by attending a technical school. Most states require electricians to be licensed. For more information, contact your local or state electrical licensing board.


A high school diploma or equivalent is required.

Some electricians start out by attending a technical school. Many technical schools offer programs related to circuitry, safety practices, and basic electrical information. Graduates usually receive credit toward their apprenticeship.

After completing their initial training, electricians may be required to take continuing education courses. These courses are usually related to safety practices, changes to the electrical code, and training from manufacturers in specific products.


Most electricians learn their trade in a 4- or 5-year apprenticeship program. For each year of the program, apprentices must complete at least 144 hours of technical training and 2,000 hours of paid on-the-job training.

In the classroom, apprentices learn electrical theory, blueprint reading, mathematics, electrical code requirements, and safety and first-aid practices. They also may receive specialized training related to soldering, communications, fire alarm systems, and elevators.

Several groups, including unions and contractor associations, sponsor apprenticeship programs. Many apprenticeship programs have preferred entry for veterans. The basic qualifications to enter an apprenticeship program are as follows:

  • Minimum age of 18
  • High school education or equivalent
  • One year of algebra
  • Qualifying score on an aptitude test
  • Pass substance abuse screening

Some electrical contractors have their own training programs, which are not recognized apprenticeship programs but include both classroom and on-the-job training. Although most workers enter apprenticeships directly, some electricians enter apprenticeship programs after working as a helper. The Home Builders Institute offers a preapprenticeship certificate training (PACT) program for eight construction trades, including electricians.

After completing an apprenticeship program, electricians are considered to be journey workers and may perform duties on their own, subject to any local or state licensing requirements. Because of this comprehensive training, those who complete apprenticeship programs qualify to do both construction and maintenance work.

Some states may require a master electrician to either perform or supervise the work.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Most states require electricians to pass a test and be licensed. Requirements vary by state. For more information, contact your local or state electrical licensing board. Many of the requirements can be found on the National Electrical Contractors Association’s website.

The tests have questions related to the National Electrical Code, and state and local electrical codes, all of which set standards for the safe installation of electrical wiring and equipment.

Important Qualities

Business skills. Self-employed electricians must be able to bid on new jobs, track inventory, and plan payroll and work assignments. 

Color vision. Electricians must identify electrical wires by color.

Critical-thinking skills. Electricians 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.

Customer-service skills. Residential electricians work with people on a regular basis. They should be friendly and be able to address customers’ questions.

Physical stamina. Electricians often need to move around all day while running wire and connecting fixtures to the wire.

Physical strength. Electricians need to be strong enough to move heavy components, which may weigh up to 50 pounds.

Troubleshooting skills. Electricians 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.

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Commercial And Industrial Electrician Career Paths

Commercial And Industrial Electrician
Electrical Foreman Maintenance Technician Field Engineer
Assistant Superintendent
5 Yearsyrs
Industrial Electrician Maintenance Technician
Chief Engineer
10 Yearsyrs
Lead Electrician Maintenance Supervisor Construction Manager
Commissioning Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Journeyman Electrician Foreman Project Manager
Construction Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Marine Electrician Maintenance Electrician General Foreman
Construction Superintendent
9 Yearsyrs
Electrical Technician General Foreman Construction Superintendent
Construction Supervisor
6 Yearsyrs
Industrial Electrician Electrical Technician Maintenance Supervisor
Director Of Facilities
11 Yearsyrs
Service Electrician Electrician
Electrical Contractor
6 Yearsyrs
Journeyman Electrician Electrical Foreman
Electrical Superintendent
10 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Construction Manager Senior Estimator
Estimator Project Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Electrical Technician Maintenance Manager Facilities Maintenance Manager
Facilities Project Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Lead Electrician Project Manager Property Manager
General Contractor
6 Yearsyrs
Service Technician Correction Officer Foreman
General Superintendent
11 Yearsyrs
Marine Electrician Journeyman Electrician Foreman
Lead Carpenter
5 Yearsyrs
Service Technician Equipment Operator Electrician
Lead Electrician
6 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Technician Operations Manager Safety Manager
Project Safety Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Electrical Foreman General Foreman
Project Superintendent
10 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Owner Project Superintendent
Project Supervisor
6 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Technician Maintenance Supervisor Security Officer
Site Supervisor
5 Yearsyrs
Service Electrician Electrical Foreman General Foreman
9 Yearsyrs
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Commercial And Industrial Electrician Demographics


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  • White

  • Hispanic or Latino

  • Asian

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  • Black or African American

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • German

  • Bulgarian

  • Vietnamese

  • Romanian

  • French

  • Lakota

  • Carrier

  • Russian

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Top Skills for A Commercial And Industrial Electrician


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Top Commercial And Industrial Electrician Skills

  1. RUN Conduit
  2. EMT Conduit
  3. Electrical Systems
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Run conduit; pull wire, terminations of devices, fixtures and panels.
  • Installed power supply wiring and EMT conduit.
  • Rendered technical drawings and electrical systems specifications that exceeded company standards.
  • Trained helpers in the art of bending electrical conduit, threading pipe, pulling wire, and installing motor control systems.
  • Prepared sketches of location of wiring and equipment and followed blueprints to determine location of equipment and conformance to safety codes.

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