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Working As An Electrical Specialist

  • 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 Specialist Do At United Technologies Corporation

* Checks, installs, repairs and generally maintains various electric motors and building installations
* Uses schematics and test equipment to check, replace, repair a variety of relays, chips, and boards to maintain the equipment in an operable condition
* Designs electrical and electronic circuits for machinery and plant operations
* Repairs and generally maintains machines having hydraulic operating mechanisms
* Designs control circuits for mechanical interfaces with hydraulics and pneumatics
* Repairs, replaces and generally maintains the mechanical operating parts of a variety of machines
* Lays out electrical designs and determines material required for new plant facilities
* Fills in as a lead person when required
* Repairs HVAC equipment
* Maintains cleanliness of work area and follows safe work practice rules

What Does An Electrical Specialist Do At General Atomics and Affiliated Companies

* Repairs, maintains, troubleshoots and installs electrical systems and equipment such as motors, transformers, wiring, switches, fuses, and alarm systems used for the distribution and utilization of electric energy in accordance with applicable building codes.
* Works from blueprints, drawings, layouts, or other specifications.
* Locates and determines electrical malfunctions.
* Reads and interprets single line diagrams and conducts assessments.
* Tests electrical equipment for safety and efficiency
* Inspects circuits and wiring.
* Determines capacities and checks loads
* Performs infrared scanning.
* Repairs electrical problems with building equipment and wiring including air compressors, A/C compressors, boilers, air handlers, machine tools, and pumps.
* Measures resistance, voltage, and amperage.
* Measures, cuts, bends and installs conduit and pulls wire.
* Performs new construction, layouts, fabrication and wiring of panel and circuit boards including drawing properly sized materials from stock.
* Repairs, maintains and troubleshoots production equipment, Building Automation Systems, CNC’s, PLC’s, and robotics.
* Troubleshoots and repairs electrical systems up to 480VAC.
* Installs and maintains access control systems including card readers, gate operators, intercoms, and cameras.
* Develops circuits for special applications.
* Under limited supervision, operates, maintains, updates, and repairs the computerized Energy Management Control System as well as R&D equipment.
* Under limited supervision, assists in the installation of alarm systems, CCTV monitors, cameras, pan/tilt/zoom controls and in the installation of access control systems.
* May provide direction to less experienced staff.
* Performs other duties as assigned or required

What Does An Electrical Specialist Do At University of Maine

* Installs, services and repairs lighting fixtures, electrical panels, outlets, wiring, etc.
* Maintains and repairs assigned equipment as needed; performs ongoing maintenance checks to determine need for repair or replacement and to ensure operational safety.
* Monitors and trouble-shoots assigned systems; processes and responses to work orders to ensure progress, safety and/or compliance with operational policies and procedures.
* Maintains a variety of operational records, logs and reports.
* Responds to emergency calls and performs trouble-shooting as needed.
* Applies electrical knowledge, skills and experience to maintenance projects and calls for service.
* Coordinates repairs and maintenance by communicating with University departments, building occupants and other skilled trades, as appropriate.
* Adheres to all relevant electrical safety and regulatory requirements and policies and all University policies and procedures.
* May develop cost estimates for small projects related to work area.
* Performs other related duties as assigned or required

What Does An Electrical Specialist Do At Texas Employer

* 1. Performs routine maintenance of T
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* electrical systems.
* Operates ground support equipment.
* Isolates faults in order to correct electrical system discrepancies.
* Makes necessary repairs, replaces assemblies and makes adjustments as indicated during the troubleshooting phase.
* Open/remove and close/install all aircraft panels, excluding those panels requiring Command and Response,and related system components to include T
* windscreens to perform specialist maintenance.
* Complies with the requirements of the FOD prevention, housekeeping, tool control, environmental and safety programs.
* Completes all necessary manual and automated records required by USAF and Company directives.
* Follows technical data, manuals, regulations, and other maintenance directives as required.
* Performs other related duties as assigned

What Does An Electrical Specialist Do At Eastman

Work with Engineers, Operators and Electricians to troubleshoot and maintain the electrical, instrumentation and control system in support of the Operating plant

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How To Become An Electrical Specialist

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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  • White

  • Hispanic or Latino

  • Asian

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  • Black or African American

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • Chinese

  • Turkish

  • Cantonese

  • French

  • Persian

  • Dakota

  • Polish

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Real Electrical Specialist Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Electrical Specialist/Engineer Alstom Power Inc. Littleton, CO Feb 19, 2015 $135,239
Electrical Specialist/Engineer Alstom Power Inc. Littleton, CO Oct 01, 2014 $130,000 -
Electrical Specialist/Engineer Alstom Power Inc. Denver, CO Jul 05, 2012 $130,000
DS Electrical Specialist Conocophillips Company Houston, TX Nov 12, 2012 $111,040 -
Senior Electrical Specialist SBM Atlantia, Inc. Houston, TX Apr 11, 2011 $90,480 -
Electrical Specialist Supervisor M.C. Dean, Inc. Bethesda, MD Jul 02, 2010 $80,224

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Top Skills for An Electrical Specialist


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Top Electrical Specialist Skills

  1. Electrical Safety
  2. Programmable Logic Controllers
  3. Motors
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Conduct technical and electrical safety audits in operating units on the adequacy of electrical systems.
  • Hooked up motors, transformers, and various instruments.
  • Establish and maintain working relationship with foreign government by providing exemplary customer service.
  • Work Experience Prior to 1998 included positions as a Quality Control Supervisor/Lead Modification Coordinator and Control Systems Instrumentation Technician.
  • Analyze the production lines, coordinating corrective action plans for electrical wiring needs, and troubleshooting electrical and mechanical issues.

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