An industrial electrician is an electrical whiz with a knack for navigating complex electrical circuits used in major industries. They are commonly responsible for installing and setting up electrical systems and equipment, such as in motors, generators, transformers, and control systems. They read and interpret technical diagrams and blueprints to determine the best placement and configuration of electrical equipment and wiring.
An industrial electrician must also perform routine maintenance on electrical equipment to ensure it operates efficiently and safely. This includes cleaning and replacing parts, repairing faulty wiring, and testing electrical systems to identify and address potential problems before they become serious.
They need to apply their knowledge of electrical systems to diagnose and troubleshoot problems with equipment and systems. They may use testing equipment such as voltmeters, oscilloscopes, and other tools to determine the cause of electrical malfunctions. When electrical equipment and systems fail, an industrial electrician restores them to working order. This may involve replacing faulty components, rewiring systems, or upgrading equipment to improve performance.
An industrial electrician maintains accurate records of electrical installations, repairs, and maintenance. They document their work in logs and reports and ensure that all work is performed in accordance with company and industry standards.
An industrial electrician must follow strict safety protocols to ensure that electrical equipment and systems are installed, maintained, and repaired safely. This includes adhering to codes and regulations, wearing protective gear, and taking steps to prevent electrical shocks, fires, and other hazards.
To excel in this position, industrial electricians must be outstanding problem-solvers, with exceptional communication skills. Industrial electricians often work alongside electrical engineers and contractors, as well as technicians and team members. Furthermore, this role is for people who can focus well and love working with their hands to operate a diverse set of tools and equipment.
Industrial electricians are needed in a range of sectors. They can specialize in industries like construction, where they are commonly referred to as construction electricians and install electricity and electrical equipment in infrastructures. They can also find opportunities in industries such as manufacturing, mining, ship and boat building, maintenance, aerospace, energy, and automotive. The demand for industrial electricians will remain as electricity continues to dominate power supply, only increasing for instance in the automotive sector given the rise of electrical vehicles.
Common industrial electrician responsibilities
- Inspecting electrical components in equipment, machines, systems and building to identify any issues;
- Repairing faulty equipment and damaged electrical components;
- Developing and implementing preventative procedures to manage electrical systems and guarantee functionality;
- Planning and scheduling repairs as needed;
- Conducting periodic quality checks on electrical equipment and systems to ensure everything is up to standard;
- Performing general routine maintenance tasks like repairing electrical circuitry in a building;
- Helping develop and implement the budget for the electrical maintenance activities;
- Maintaining the inventory records for electrical equipment and supplies;
- Collaborating with electrical engineers, contractors, or other technical specialists to resolve problems;
- Delivering electrical service outputs in compliance with relevant requirements, codes, and certifications, and in line with customer needs and demands;
- Participating in trainings as needed;
- Assuring the safety and security of oneself and team members.
Qualifications for industrial electricians
Industrial electricians should have at least a high school diploma and a technical or trade certification as an electrician. A Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering or similar field is advantageous, particularly if one’s desire is to pursue a career as an electrical engineer.
Additional supporting skills and experience include:
- 2+ years’ experience in a similar electrician role;
- Strong foundation in mathematics, science, and technical subjects;
- In-depth knowledge of electricity and electrical systems;
- Solid understanding of electrical maintenance procedures and techniques;
- Able to read technical diagrams and blueprints;
- Possess good hand-eye coordination;
- Using problem-solving abilities effectively;
- Having excellent written and verbal communication skills;
- Being well-organized and having the ability to prioritize tasks.