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Become A Low Voltage Electrician

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Working As A Low Voltage 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 Low Voltage 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 Low Voltage Electrician Do At Stanford University

* Employees in this classification perform journey level and high voltage electrician work involved with the installation, maintenance, operation and repair of the electrical substations, electrical distribution systems, and general low voltage utility controls under general supervision.
* Assignments can be received in the form of work orders, blueprints, sketches, verbal instructions or employees may be expected to schedule their own work, determine work priorities.
* At this level employees are expected to diagnose problems independently and determine the appropriate method and procedure needed to complete the work.
* Working with the Lead and co-workers, the Electrician Specialist – High Voltage is expected to ensure that the work specifications conform to shop standards.
* May work with the Lead person to order materials needed for work.
* Characteristic Duties:
* Works in areas of controlled access such as substations not open to unqualified individuals.
* Works on high voltage power distribution systems 600 Volts AC and above.
* Splices and terminates high voltage cables using manufacturer and hand tape methods.
* Performs switching and maintenance in substations, switchyards, pad-mounted equipment and in underground vaults
* Responds to power outages during off-hours on a call back basis
* Troubleshoots and repair faulty equipment
* Test and repairs short-circuits, grounds and troubleshoots high voltage street light circuits
* Installs new equipment, including conduit, wire, cable, pull boxes, transformers and etc. for repairs and alterations in high voltage systems
* May be responsible for plans and schematic reviews with written reports to the Systems Manager for his/her review
* May assist the System Manager in overseeing contractors, ensuring safety regulations are being followed
* Responsible for coordinating work to ensure the maintenance and integrity of the high volt system
* Follows University/shop procedures for scheduling system outages
* May oversee the work of an apprentice
* Ensures that safety rules are followed

What Does A Low Voltage Electrician Do At University of IOWA

* 1.Installs, maintains, troubleshoots, calibrates, repairs and replaces high voltage electric distribution systems and related equipment, including but not limited to switchgear, circuit breakers, relays, substation equipment, solid state control systems, power and distribution class transformers, power generators, capacitor banks, solid state meters, field protection and monitoring systems, cable and conduit.
* Jobs may require one day to several weeks to complete depending on complexity
* Determines jobsite work sequences and safety procedures required, procures materials, coordinates outages, completes work, places systems back into service.
* Inspection of work by supervisor may occur up to weekly
* Draws layouts, reads and interprets blueprints, schematics, other drawings and instruction books
* Assists in directing the work of apprentices and other workers
* May perform other electrical duties as required

What Does A Low Voltage Electrician Do At Jacobs

* Employees in this classification perform Journey level and highvoltage electrician work involved with the installation, maintenance, operationand repair of the electrical substations, electrical distribution systems, andgeneral low voltage utility controls under general supervision.
* Assignments canbe received in the form of work orders, blueprints, sketches, verbalinstructions or employees may be expected to schedule their own work, determinework priorities.
* At this level, employees are expected to diagnose problemsindependently and determine the appropriate method and procedure needed tocomplete the work.
* Working with the Lead and co-workers, the High VoltageElectrician is expected to ensure that the work specifications conform to shopstandards.
* May work with the Lead person to order materials needed for work
* Must Comply with applicable federal, state, NASA, OSHA and environmental lawsand regulations.
* Wear appropriate Personal Protective Equipment {PPE} at all timesas determined by position and duties.
* Must be able to meet tight deadlines and able to handlepotentially high-stress situations

What Does A Low Voltage Electrician Do At Siemens

* Execute (individually or as member of an engineering team) customized production orders under minimum supervision, utilizing industry standards and best engineering practices.
* Provide drafting support to engineers on customized production orders.
* This includes the creation or modification of customer and production documentation.
* Design new components, modify electrical drawings, and incorporate engineering or customer redlines.
* Provide technical content for Customized Product manuals

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How To Become A Low Voltage 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.

Education

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.

Training

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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8 Low Voltage Electrician jobs

Trillium
Ashburn, VA
Journeyman Electrician

$51,880 Estimated

0104 Equinix LLC
Ashburn, VA
Senior IBX Facility Engineer IV (Electrician)

$110,000 Estimated

Emcor Group, Inc.
Herndon, VA
High Voltage Electrician

$53,800 Estimated

Aecom
Bethesda, MD
High Voltage Electrician

$45,910 Estimated

Aecom
Bethesda, MD
High Voltage Electrician

$45,910 Estimated

Urban Alarm
Arlington, VA
Low Voltage Electrician for Project in SE Washington DC

$53,800 Estimated

Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority
Hyattsville, MD
Mechanic-Low Voltage

$53,800 Estimated

Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority
Washington, DC
Mechanic-Low Voltage - Washington

$53,800 Estimated

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Top Skills for A Low Voltage Electrician

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Top Low Voltage Electrician Skills

  1. Fiber Optic
  2. Security Cameras
  3. Safety
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Assisted in Directional horizontal boring * Helped lay fiber optics and copper main lines
  • Assisted with installing, maintaining, and repairing wiring, equipment, and fixtures, security cameras.
  • Worked on energized high voltage electrical systems using safety equipment such as hot sticks, rubber blankets, & insulated gloves.
  • Install device boxes as well as devices such as fire alarm and security systems.
  • Installed and serviced fire alarm, Burglar, Card Access, and CCTV systems.

Top Low Voltage Electrician Employers

What Kind Of Companies Hire a Low Voltage Electrician

  1. IBEW Local
  2. Us Bureau of Reclamation
  3. Posco
  4. Berg Electric
  5. Excel Electric
  6. National Systems Corporation
  7. AJ Wright
  8. Intellidwelling
  9. Buckeye Cable System
  10. Contract Employment-Various Employers
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