Electrical Apprentice (Inside Wireman, IW)


Inside Wireman at work

The Inside Wireman’s job is to distribute and connect the customer’s electrical equipment to that power source. The Inside Wireman installs and maintains all of the various types of electrical systems found in commercial and industrial facilities. This equipment may be lighting and receptacles, to motors, to heating equipment, to systems that control the operation of all of a facility’s energy usage.

The Inside Wireman installs conduit systems that contain the wire from the motor control centers or panelboards to all of the equipment that uses electricity. Those conduits may contain power cables or control cables. Many of the conduit systems are exposed and must be installed to exacting standards using neat and workmanlike craftsmanship.

The work of an Inside Wireman can vary. One day the Inside Wireman could be installing a Fire Alarm System or Security System in a high rise building and the next day he or she could be installing conduit in a ditch on the outside of the building. Inside Wireman also install electrical systems in industrial facilities such as chemical plants, power plants, chip manufacturing facilities and automobile plants. Each type of installation has specific electrical needs and systems to support those needs. While there are many tasks associated with the Inside Wireman classification, the apprenticeship training provides all of the knowledge necessary for an individual to perform these tasks in a professional manner while helping the individual to sharpen his or her skills and abilities to be the best workers in the electrical construction and maintenance industry.

Job Description
The duties of an Inside Wireman are listed below. The number next to each duty is the average of the percentage of journeymen reporting that they perform that task.

99% Installing New Wiring and Repairing Old Wiring
98% Installing Receptacles, Lighting Systems and Fixtures
97% Planning and Installing Raceway Systems
94% Troubleshooting and Repairing Electrical Systems
92% Planning and Initiating Project
92% Supervising Journeymen and Apprentices
88% Establishing Temporary Power During Construction
88% Establishing Power Distribution within Project
87% Establishing Grounding System
86% Installing Service to Buildings and Other Structures
86% Providing Power and Controls to Motors, HVAC, and Other Equipment
82% Installing Fire Alarm Systems
71% Installing and Repairing Traffic Signals, Outdoor Lighting, and Outdoor Power Feeders
67% Establishing OSHA and Customer Safety Requirements
67% Installing Instrumentation and Process Control Systems, Including Energy Management Systems
64% Erecting and Assembling Power Generation Equipment
57% Installing Security Systems
56% Installing, Maintaining and Repairing Lightning] Protection Systems
36% Installing and Repairing Telephone and Data Systems

Does this sound like what you’re interested in doing? If so, click here to get Qualifications and Application info for the Inside Wireman Program…

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