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Become A Lead Electrician

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Working As A Lead 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

  • $53,800

    Average Salary

What Does A Lead Electrician 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 A Lead Electrician Do At The Queen Mary

* Key responsibilities of a lead Electrician include:
* Locating and determining electrical malfunctions on equipment, pumps, motors, lights and audio equipment.
* Performing preventative maintenance of electrical components.
* Managing of lighting work shop and ordering/stocking of replacement parts and lamps.
* Providing temporary power and electronics for events on ship and property under supervision of qualified electrician.
* Providing set up and tear down for special events.
* Working with Electricians
* Completing other special projects as assigned by the Engineering Manager

What Does A Lead Electrician Do At NYU Medical Center

* Performs other duties as assigned.
* Must know and demonstrate knowledge of the NYC electrical code and OSHA safety codes for hospitals.
* Responsible for ordering and maintaining inventory of electrical parts for the department.
* Studies blueprints and diagrams to ascertain layouts, location and specifications of items to be installed, and notifies his supervisor of any discrepancies.
* Tests, operates, maintains and resets fire alarm systems.
* Installs various types of electrical equipment conduits, electrical devices, motors, lighting fixtures and heating equipment.
* Replaces 110v receptacles, switches and florescent ballasts.
* Replaces light bulbs and tubes.
* Repairs light fixtures.
* Investigates status of equipment.
* Replaces fuses (low voltage).
* Checks outlets; trace electric circuits, etc.
* Responsible for understanding electrical symbols.
* Reads and writes electrical symbols.
* Accurately reads and understands all electrical drawing as requested.
* Repairs electrical equipment circuits and equipment.
* Dismantles electric machinery with tools and unsolders or unscrews wiring connections.
* Replaces defective mechanical parts, assembling components according to diagrams.
* Checks clearance of moving parts with precision gauges.
* Restores electrical connection to complete circuits.
* Installs new wiring and electrical machinery.
* Examines and tests such elements of systems as distribution panels, controls, circuit fixtures, appliances, transformers, ground fault detectors, static ground detectors, line isolation monitors and motors, to locate obvious faults such as blown fuses, shorts, circuits, broken wires, loose connections, worn-out parts and motor brushes.
* Isolates defects in wiring, switches, motors and other electrical equipment, using test instruments such as ammeter, ohmmeter, voltmeter, testing lamps, multi-tester, megger, current voltage recorders, polarity testers, light meters, electronic stethoscope and wattmeter.
* Inspects and tests electrical lighting, signal, communication, power circuits and equipment.
* Demonstrates knowledge of the organizations Service Standards and incorporates them in the performance of duties

What Does A Lead Electrician Do At Gaylor Electric, Inc.

* Accountable for the on-site management/safety of assigned construction projects, trade contractors, and field personnel.
* Ensures scheduled completion of projects within established budget, time and quality standards while following standard operating procedures.
* Responsible for establishing performance goals and reviewing project documents, plans and specifications in order to direct construction activities.
* Resolves conflicts related to construction of the project as well as personnel difficulties.
* Coordinates , field installations and project close-outs as well as develops and maintains customer/client relationships.

What Does A Lead Electrician Do At Lancaster General Health

* Performs maintenance and repairs on electrical systems and equipment.
* Makes adjustments to systems as needed to ensure maximum reliability of services to all areas of the hospital.
* Performs testing and recordkeeping of electrical systems as required by regulatory agencies, JCAHO and DOH.
* Stays current with changes to codes and safety regulations.
* Manages purchasing of electrical supplies and materials required for maintenance and projects within defined budget.
* Works with outside contractors to complete projects as defined by Supervisor.
* Assists with preparation of annual budget by planning for maintenance, repair and replacement needs of electrical system components.
* Plans for equipment, tool and supply needs for electrical shop.
* Provides scheduled on-call and technical assistance as necessary.
* Maintains and prepares schedules and makes daily work assignments to accomplish all requirements.
* Coordinates electrical activities with other Lead Technicians on projects or multi-disciplinary tasks with departments or units in which work is scheduled or in progress.
* Communicates, verbally and in writing with subordinates, peers, contractors, staff and customers to expedite workflow, facilitate scheduling, resolve problems and embrace productivity

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How To Become A Lead 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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Lead Electrician Career Paths

Lead Electrician
Electrical Supervisor Maintenance Technician Field Engineer
Assistant Superintendent
5 Yearsyrs
Electrical Foreman Maintenance Electrician Maintenance Technician
Chief Engineer
10 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Manager Project Manager Construction Manager
Commissioning Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Electrical Foreman General Foreman Project Manager
Construction Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Manager Property Manager General Contractor
Construction Superintendent
9 Yearsyrs
Electrical Superintendent Project Superintendent Construction Coordinator
Construction Supervisor
6 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Technician Facilities Manager
Director Of Facilities
11 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Supervisor Delivery Driver Electrician
Electrical Contractor
6 Yearsyrs
Electrical Contractor Master Electrician Electrical Superintendent
Electrical Project Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Supervisor Material Handler Electrician
Electrical Superintendent
10 Yearsyrs
Service Technician Equipment Operator Electrician
Electrician Supervisor
6 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Construction Manager Senior Estimator
Estimator Project Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Technician Maintenance Supervisor
Facilities Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Electrical Contractor Maintenance Technician Facilities Maintenance Manager
Facilities Project Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Service Technician Correction Officer Foreman
General Superintendent
11 Yearsyrs
Lead Technician Technical Director Carpenter
Lead Carpenter
5 Yearsyrs
Electrical Supervisor Maintenance Supervisor Project Engineer
Project Superintendent
10 Yearsyrs
Lead Technician Field Engineer Project Superintendent
Project Supervisor
6 Yearsyrs
Project Manager General Manager Owner/Operator
9 Yearsyrs
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Lead 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

  • Dakota

  • Polish

  • Cheyenne

  • Vietnamese

  • Greek

  • Hebrew

  • Japanese

  • French

  • Urdu

  • Carrier

  • Hindi

  • Italian

  • Albanian

  • Russian

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Top Lead Electrician Skills

  1. Conduit Runs
  2. Safety Meetings
  3. Electrical Systems
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Design lay out for conduit runs and switch racks, wire pulls and termination.
  • Conduct safety meetings, oversee all projects, give out assignments, order material.
  • Identify electrical safety hazards and redesign electrical systems to ensure proper safety controls are installed.
  • Correct sizing of generators, transformers, wire, and motor starters needed for specifications and in accordance to governments standards.
  • Work with Controls Engineer to install new PC based Wander Ware system and abolish long term PLC Program problems.

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