Electrician Job Description

by Writing Team on March 17, 2010

An Electrician installs, maintains and repairs electrical wiring, equipment and fixtures.

Primary Objectives:

  • The Electrician ensures that his work is done in accordance with relevant codes.
  • The Electrician is responsible for installing such things as street lights, intercom systems, or electrical control systems.
  • The Electrician is responsible to make sure that everything is installed in a safe manner that will not present harm or danger to the general public or private individuals.

The Electrician assembles, installs, tests and maintains electrical or electronic wiring, equipment, appliances, apparatus, and fixtures, using hand tools and power tools. The Electrician diagnoses malfunctioning systems, apparatus, and components, using test equipment and hand tools, to locate the cause of a breakdown and correct the problem. The Electrician is responsible for the connection of wires to circuit breakers, transformers, or other components. When the work has been completed the Electrician then must inspect electrical systems, equipment, and components to identify hazards, defects, and the need for adjustment or repair, and to ensure compliance with codes.

It is usually up to the Electrician to advise management on whether continued operation of equipment could be hazardous. In the event that there is a problem the Electrician will usually give an estimate as to how much it will cost to fix or replace the problem. When management gives the approval then the Electrician usually orders the supplies and fixes the problem as is needed. The Electrician tests 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.

The Electrician must maintain current Electrician’s license or identification card to meet governmental regulations. The Electrician must be able to read blueprints and follow a plan layout so he can install electrical wiring, equipment, and fixtures based on the job specifications and codes. In some cases the Electrician will do the actual plan and make the blueprint for the customer’s approval. He also directs and trains workers to install, maintain or repair electrical wiring, equipment, and fixtures. Since he makes sketches or blueprints to determine the location of wiring and equipment and to ensure conformance to building and safety codes, it is up to him to check the work that is being done by the crew to make sure that everything is done in accordance with the plan.

Electricians use a variety of tools and equipment such as power construction equipment, measuring devices, power tools, and testing equipment including oscilloscopes, ammeters, and test lamps. The Electrician installs ground leads and connects power cables to equipment, such as motors. The Electrician must be able to take care of the business end of the job. They perform business management duties such as maintaining records and files, preparing reports and ordering supplies and equipment. Since the Electrician is responsible to repair or replace wiring, equipment, and fixtures, using hand tools and power tools he must also be able to keep things in stock so that he will be prepared to fix any problem that might arise. The Electrician works from ladders, scaffolds, and roofs to install, maintain or repair electrical wiring, equipment and fixtures.

An Electrician must have knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance. The Electrician should have a very good knowledge of materials, methods, and the tools involved in the construction or repair of houses, buildings, or other structures such as highways and roads. The Electrician must have a good knowledge of math knowing arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications. It is very important that the Electrician has a good knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar. The Electrician has to have a good knowledge base relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions. Public safety for the Electrician is the number one issue since many things that they do affects the general public. When it comes to installing street lights and other outdoor electrical things for the public it is vital that they are installed very safely. In some cases businesses are held responsible for any accidents that could occur due to faulty electrical appliances that is why they rely on a licensed Electrician to make sure that everything is properly installed.

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