Electrician Job Description: Top Duties and Qualifications

An Electrician, or an Electrician Maintenance Worker, is responsible for maintaining electrical systems in residential and commercial buildings. Their duties include communicating with clients to establish job details and related costs, reviewing electrical blueprints to identify wiring circuits and coordinating with team members to install light fixtures and other items.

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Electrician duties and responsibilities

Electricians use a variety of industry-specific tools to perform their tasks, including ammeters, voltmeters, thermal scanners and cable testers. They must:

  • Understand and apply blueprints and technical diagrams
  • Inspect electrical components including transformers and circuit breakers
  • Use testing devices to identify and report electrical problems
  • Use hand and power tools
  • Adhere to state and local building regulations
  • Complete work orders on time
  • Create records of materials used 
  • Set up and test computer systems by running cables and connecting computer jacks and plugs

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Job Description

Under direction, works as an electrician on the installation, repair and maintenance of high or low tension electrical systems for lights, heat and power in or on buildings and/or on highways; performs related work.

Examples of Typical Tasks:

  • Installs, repairs, replaces and maintains electric wiring systems and components, equipment and apparatus in or on buildings or structures in accordance with the provisions of the New York City Electrical Code, pertinent plans and specifications or job orders.

  • Installs, repairs, replaces and maintains electric wiring systems and components and traffic signals and controllers.

  • Installs conduit, raceway and electrical conductors.

  • Makes tests on existing installations to determine faults and makes necessary repairs.

  • Keeps job and other records.

  • May supervise assigned personnel.

  • Other related duties, as required.

    Minimum Qualifications

    1. Five years of full-time, paid experience in or on buildings as an Electrician working on the installation, repair or maintenance of high or low potential electrical systems for light, heat and power; or,

    2. Not less than three years of experience as specified in (1), plus sufficient helper or apprentice experience or educational training in an approved trade or vocational school to make a total of five years of acceptable experience. Six months of acceptable experience will be credited for each year of helper or apprentice experience or for each school year of approved educational training.

    How To Apply:


    Job Types: Full-time, Temporary

    Salary: $58.54 /hour


  • electrician: 5 years (Required)


  • None

    Employment Length:

  • 1 - 3 months

    Pay Frequency:

  • Bi weekly or Twice monthly

    This Job Is:

  • Open to applicants who do not have a college diploma


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    We are hiring full-time experienced Electricians and registered CA Electrician Trainees to undertake a variety of tasks relating to installing and maintaining energy storage systems and solar power systems. Your job will involve installing electrical wiring and equipment in existing buildings and buildings under construction. Due to the critical nature of this work to our teams and our customers, electricians must be first and foremost responsible individuals with great attention to detail and safety precautions.


  • Interpret and follow plans of electrical wiring for photovoltaic and battery backup systems

  • Install equipment

  • Prepare and assemble conduits and connect wiring through them

  • Adhere to safety protocols


  • Proven experience as an electrician or current status as a registered trainee

  • Experience in residential, industrial and/or commercial electrical systems

  • Demonstrable ability to use electrical and hand tools [website] wire strippers, voltmeter etc.) and electrical drawings and blueprints

  • Thorough desire to follow safety procedures and legal regulations and guidelines

  • Excellent critical thinking and problem-solving ability

  • Excellent physical condition and flexibility to work long shifts or overtime if needed

  • Diploma in relevant vocational training, successfully completed apprenticeship as an electrician or current registration as a CA Electrician Trainee (ET)

  • Valid CA driver's license with a clean driving record

    Job Type: Full-time

    Salary: $27.00 to $44.00 /hour


  • professional electrical: 1 year (Preferred)

  • electrician: 1 year (Preferred)


  • Driver's License (Required)

    Work authorization:

  • United States (Required)

    Work Location:

  • Multiple locations


  • Health insurance

  • Dental insurance

  • Vision insurance

  • Retirement plan

    Pay Frequency:

  • Weekly

    Job Duties:

  • Install, repair, and maintain electrical systems in accordance with National Electric Code

  • Run tests on electrical components to ensure a safe and effective installation

  • Other duties as requested

    This Company Describes Its Culture as:

  • Detail-oriented -- quality and precision-focused

  • Outcome-oriented -- results-focused with strong performance culture

  • Stable -- traditional, stable, strong Monday to Day shift
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    The Personnel Commission of the Los Angeles Community College District (Laccd) is currently recruiting for an Electrician. This position performs skilled journey-level electrical work in the installation, maintenance, alteration, and repair of a variety of electrical systems and equipment related to light, heat, communications, and power at a college.

    Salary Information

    Salary: $43.07/hour

    Vacancy Information

    Current vacancy exists at the East Los Angeles College, 1301 Avenida Cesar Chavez, Los Angeles, CA 91754.


  • District-paid medical, dental, and vision insurance plans for employee and dependents.

  • $50,000 District-paid life insurance policy.

  • 12 full-pay days and 88 half-pay days of illness leave.

  • A minimum of 15 paid holidays per year.

  • Up to 24 days of vacation annually depending on years of service

  • Public Employees Retirement System.

  • Employee Assistance Program

    Minimum Requirements FOR Acceptance OF AN Application:

    Education and Experience:

    A. Graduation from high school or its equivalent AND

  • completion of a recognized apprentice training program of at least four years' duration in the electrical trade AND
  • one year of recent, full-time, paid, journey-level experience in the electrical trade.


    B. Graduation from high school or its equivalent AND

  • five years of recent, full-time, paid experience in electrical work under the supervision of a journeyman or crafts supervisor. One year of the required experience must have been at the journey-level.


    A valid Class "C" California driver's license may be required for some positions.

    Travel to locations throughout the District may be required for some positions.

    Special Note:

    Prior to employment, all successful candidates will be required to pass an asbestos medical examination in compliance with the General Industry Safety Orders, Section 5208, Title 8 of the California Administrative Codes.

    For a complete job description including the Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities associated with the position please visit our website.

    Examination Process

    The examination process may consist of one or more parts which may include a training and experience evaluation, written test, performance test, and/or oral interview.

    HOW TO Apply

    Completed applications must be submitted through our online employment system – https://jobapscloud.com/laccd by Friday, April 3, 2020, 4:00 [website] Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of an application.

    Contact Information

    Personnel Commission

    PH [phone number]

    TDD: [phone number]

    Hours of Operation: Monday – Friday 7:30AM – 4:30PM

    District Information

    The Los Angeles Community College District is the largest community college district in the nation offering educational opportunities to students in more than 40 cities covering an area of 882 square miles serving approximately 9.8 million residents. The Laccd is composed of nine comprehensive colleges and a District Office, which together employ approximately 2,200 classified (non-teaching) employees in 315 job classifications.

    Job Type: Full-time

    Salary: $43.07 Health Dental Vision Retirement plan

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  • What does an Electrician do?

    Electricians typically work for electrical companies, maintenance services or contractors to complete various tasks. They work closely with other Electricians and Maintenance Workers to install and repair electrical systems. Their job is to install circuit boards, outlets and other electrical equipment. They also work to troubleshoot electrical problems and make repairs accordingly. They may also take inventory of tools and supplies and place orders based on future jobs.

    Electrician skills and qualifications

    An employable Electrician must be adept at performing a wide variety of skills, including:

    • Exceptional communication and customer service skills
    • Ability to identify wires accurately
    • Ability to perform electrical tests, read results and diagnose and repair electrical problems
    • Problem-solving
    • Critical thinking 
    • Circuit knowledge
    • Time management
    • Strong work ethic 

    Electrician salary expectations

     An Electrician makes an average of $25.08 per hour. Pay rate may depend on level of experience, education and the geographical location.

    Electrician education and training requirements

    Electricians need at least a high school diploma or equivalent. Most Electricians attend technical schools where studies include circuitry, electrical safety and basic electrical knowledge. To be considered as a qualified Electrician, students must pass an electrical exam to obtain their license. Ongoing education may be a requirement for an Electrician to maintain their current license. Electricians need to know and apply the current safety requirements, which may change over time.

    Electrician experience requirements

    Most Electricians undergo an apprenticeship to get experience while under the supervision of a licensed professional. An electrical apprentice studies electrical theory, electrical code standards, safety practices and first aid. Some Electricians also learn soldering skills, business communications, fire and alarm systems and elevators. The three different ranks of an Electrician are apprentice, journeyman and master. Master Electricians can train and supervise both apprentices and journeymen.

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    Frequently asked questions about Electricians


    What is the difference between an Electrician and an Electrical Engineer?

    The main difference between an Electrician and an Electrical Engineer is that Electricians tend to install and repair electrical systems. In contrast, Electrical Engineers work to create electrical equipment like power generators and other appliances. Further, Electricians and Electrical Engineers have different education requirements. Electricians need a high school diploma before graduating from a technical school and obtaining their Electrician’s license. In contrast, Electrical Engineers need at least a bachelor’s degree in education, but some employers may prefer Electrical Engineers to have a master’s degree in electrical engineering.


    What are the daily duties of Electricians?

    On a typical day, an Electrician starts by arriving at their company location. They review their job schedule for the day and organize tools and supplies to load into their work van for each job. Throughout the day, they travel to different job sites with their team to perform routine installations of wires, light fixtures, circuits or outlets. They also troubleshoot and repair electrical systems. Once they complete each job, they notify the property owner about what they did, collect payment and provide a business card for future needs. 

    When they arrive back to their company location, they unload tools and supplies, take inventory and review jobs for the next day.


    What qualities make a good Electrician?

    A good Electrician is someone who has expertise in a variety of areas relating to electrical wiring and troubleshooting procedures. They have a team-oriented mindset that enables them to work with other Electricians and Maintenance Workers to complete or troubleshoot tasks. Electricians should also follow an ethical code, especially when performing jobs at residential properties. Having a moral code ensures that they uphold the credibility of their company through their actions and help homeowners feel at ease with them in their homes. 

    Further, a good Electrician should have a personable nature that allows them to participate in positive communication with their clients to enhance customer service procedures at their company.


    Who does an Electrician report to?

    An Electrician typically reports to an Electrician Manager or an Electrician Supervisor. These individuals give Electricians their job assignments, conduct performance reviews and act as a point of communication if Electricians encounter difficult situations while visiting job sites. Within a team environment, Electricians may report to a Senior Electrician or Head Electrician. These individuals typically delegate tasks among their team and perform more advanced electrical procedures.

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