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Working As A Journeyman Wireman

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

  • $50,297

    Average Salary

What Does A Journeyman Wireman Do At Chenega Corporation

* Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this position):
* Assemble, install, test, and maintain electrical or electronic wiring, equipment, appliances, apparatus, and fixtures, using hand tools and power tools.
* Install, maintain, and repair electrical distribution lines (both overhead and underground), setting transformers, installing and removing special secondary services, trouble shooting, and correcting system faults.
* Performs highly skilled, journey-level transmission, distribution, and electrical work in the installation, construction, maintenance, and repair of underground and overhead electric transmission, distribution and service lines, transformers, meters, metering equipment, electrical substations, and related equipment.
* Maintain all wiring to and maintenance of all pole lighting.
* Install or repairing any of a variety of electrical equipment such as switching gear, controllers, circuit breakers, lines, poles and attachments, and other transmission equipment.
* Inspect, test, repair, and replace the Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) system
* Complete operating log book in each generator room or location with current notations of services and/or inspections performed
* Install, maintain, repair and replace all uninterruptible power supply (UPS) systems
* Inspect, repair, replace and maintain all control devices, meters, such as circuit breakers, air/vacuum circuit breakers (AVC), and oil circuit breakers (OCB) IAW manufacturer's specifications.
* Inspect, test, maintain, and repair grounding and lightning protection systems; voltage regulators; busbars, switch gear, capacitor banks, poles, guy wires/lines and anchors, conductors, cross arms, and oil switches.
* Inspect, repair, replace, and maintain on-street security, and other external lighting, such as airfield runway and helicopter pad marking systems.
* Complete reports detailing services performed on the transformers, external grounding and lightning protection systems, voltage regulators, busbars, switch gear, capacitor banks, poles, guy wires/lines and anchors, conductors, cross arms, oil switches, lighting.
* Diagnose malfunctioning systems, apparatus, and components, using test equipment and hand tools to locate the cause of a breakdown and correct the problem.
* Connect wires to circuit breakers, transformers, or other components.
* Inspect electrical systems, equipment, and components to identify hazards, defects, and the need for adjustment or repair, and to ensure compliance with codes.
* Prepares cost estimates, orders parts and materials.
* On call as required.
* Performs testing on substation apparatus such as power factor, transformer turns ratio, megger, battery load testing, oil sampling, and other analytical tests as assigned.
* Maintains a variety of records of completed work in written and/or electronic form as directed.
* Advise management on whether continued operation of equipment could be hazardous.
* Test electrical systems and continuity of circuits in electrical wiring, equipment, and fixtures, using testing devices such as ohmmeters, voltmeters, and oscilloscopes, to ensure compatibility and safety of system.
* Plan layout and installation of electrical wiring, equipment and fixtures, based on job specifications and local codes.
* Direct and train workers to install, maintain, or repair electrical wiring, equipment, and fixtures.
* Prepare sketches or follow blueprints to determine the location of wiring and equipment and to ensure conformance to building and safety codes.
* Operate, maintain, and repair electrical plants and systems as well as auxiliary power systems and components.
* Trace and troubleshoot any electrical problems.
* Supports the project Safety Plan through personal involvement in all aspects of safety, including training and attention to the adherence to safety requirements pertaining to particular trades or skills.
* Must wear and use all required personal protective equipment (PPE), such as safety glasses, safety shoes, ear plugs, hardhat, arc flash gear, etc.
* This position may be designated as Mission Critical as required by the company to meet contract requirements.
* This position may be part of an emergency management/response team as required by the company to meet contract requirements.
* Performs other tasks as directed
* Supervisory Responsibilities:
* As directed by the Supervisor

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How To Become A Journeyman Wireman

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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Journeyman Wireman Career Paths

Journeyman Wireman
Technician Field Service Technician Field Engineer
Assistant Superintendent
5 Yearsyrs
Foreman Technician Engineer
Chief Engineer
10 Yearsyrs
Master Electrician Maintenance Supervisor Construction Manager
Commissioning Manager
11 Yearsyrs
General Foreman Project Manager
Construction Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Field Service Technician Field Engineer Assistant Superintendent
Construction Superintendent
9 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Electrician Maintenance Technician Facilities Manager
Director Of Facilities
11 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Product Manager Plant Manager
Director Of Plant Operations
14 Yearsyrs
Service Technician Equipment Operator Electrician
Electrical Contractor
6 Yearsyrs
Electrician Technician Maintenance Electrician Master Electrician
Electrical Superintendent
10 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Technician Field Engineer Estimator
Estimator Project Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Electrician Technician Maintenance Technician Facilities Maintenance Manager
Facilities Project Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Electrician Maintenance Supervisor Security Officer
Field Supervisor
6 Yearsyrs
Master Electrician Electrical Superintendent
General Superintendent
11 Yearsyrs
Service Technician Correction Officer Foreman
Lead Carpenter
5 Yearsyrs
Technician Delivery Driver Electrician
Lead Electrician
6 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Technician Operations Manager Safety Manager
Project Safety Manager
9 Yearsyrs
General Foreman General Superintendent
Project Superintendent
10 Yearsyrs
Field Service Technician Project Engineer Project Superintendent
Project Supervisor
6 Yearsyrs
Foreman Operations Manager
Site Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Project Manager General Manager Owner/Operator
9 Yearsyrs
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Journeyman Wireman Demographics


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  • Asian

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  • Black or African American

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • Cherokee

  • Polish

  • Irish

  • Carrier

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Top Skills for A Journeyman Wireman


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Top Journeyman Wireman Skills

  1. Rigid Conduit
  2. Electrical Systems
  3. Transformers
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Fabricate and install Cable Tray, Rigid Conduit, PVC, Conduits and Supports.
  • Supervised a crew of 20 electricians that installed and serviced commercial and industrial electrical systems.
  • Connect wires to circuit breakers, transformers or other components.
  • Conducted safety meetings and trained apprentices.
  • Installed and maintained fire alarm systems Worked with construction team to develop blueprint of electrical wiring for new construction sites

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