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Become An Electrical Journeyman

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Working As An Electrical Journeyman

  • 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 An Electrical Journeyman Do At Tradesmen International, Inc.

* Installing power supply wiring and conduit such as: EMT, O
* CAL, Rigid conduit, MC cable, strut, cable trays
* Troubleshooting electrical components, wiring diagrams, transformers, motors, panels, and circuits
* Installing, maintaining, and repairing electrical systems such as: switch gears, motor controls, electrical panels, CT cabinets, conveyor systems, lighting, and power supplies
* Maintaining current electrician's license or identification card to meet governmental regulations
* Testing 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
* Inspecting systems, equipment, or components to identify hazards, defects, or the need for adjustment or repair, and to ensure compliance with codes
* Directing or training workers to install, maintain, or repair electrical wiring, equipment, or fixtures
* Diagnosing malfunctioning systems, apparatus, or components, using test equipment and hand tools to locate the cause of a breakdown and correct the problem

What Does An Electrical Journeyman Do At Corbins Electric

* Directs work of all assigned to supervise.
* Possess strong expertise in all aspects of trade related materials, components, equipment, systems, methods of installation, safety procedures, safe work practices, trade related calculations, blueprint and drawing interpretation, and trouble shooting.
* Operate any hand tools, power tools, and equipment necessary to perform all trade-associated assignments.
* Effectively communicate with peers, crew, project supervision, and other trades.
* Proceed with work from plans and specifications, supervising crews.
* Coordinate and complete multiple tasks/assignments involving all aspects of the trade via verbal and written instructions, field sketches, schematics, one line diagrams, and blueprint reference.
* Directs, monitors, and works alongside a crew in such a way as to ensure a safe and timely completion of assignment.
* Instruct employees assigned to him/her in the correct operation of tools and equipment, safe work practices, electrical principles, and applicable NEC.
* Identify and schedule all tools and materials needed for assignment.
* Accurate completion of all assignment-related paperwork.
* Evaluate employee---s work performance under his/her direction.
* Troubleshoot and resolve problems in electrical circuits, systems, and equipment.
* Utilize NEC codebook as needed.
* Investigate or assist in investigation and reporting of near misses, incidents, and injuries involving jobsite employees.
* Comprehend, abide by, and enforce Corbins Electric/customer policies, procedures, and safety guidelines.
* Report all violations and incidents to supervisor.
* Perform other project related duties and assignments as directed.
* May work at a level other than Journeyman.
* The preceding covers the primary duties and responsibilities of the position.
* It is not be construed as a complete listing of all miscellaneous, incidental, or similar duties that may be required from day-to-day.
* Leadership may modify this job description at any time

What Does An Electrical Journeyman Do At David Crowell Electric

Install and repair electrical equipment and fixtures Ability to work well and communicate with others Troubleshoot motor and control systems Perform routine maintenance on electrical wiring and systems Ability to solve problems

What Does An Electrical Journeyman Do At Tradesmen International, Inc.

Working with RG6 cables

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How To Become An Electrical Journeyman

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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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • Italian

  • Dakota

  • German

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Top Electrical Journeyman Skills

  1. Install Conduit
  2. Safety Requirements
  3. High Voltage
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Install conduit motor and controls, industrial electrical work, start and stop stations.
  • Updated building maps and safety requirements in compliance with Base Safety and Fire Department regulations.
  • Maintained and operated high voltage electrical distribution circuits, 61 substations and switch gear.
  • Install and repaired overhead and underground electrical distribution systems.
  • Preformed all aspects of commercial and Industrial Electrical work, including terminations, PLC and motor controls.

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