Industrial Construction Electrician, I/E:

On an industrial construction project the Journeyman Electrician performs a variety of different task in the installation, checkout and startup of the customers electrical equipment and systems. Electrical installations may consist of wiring and equipment for lighting, power and control. The work may include heavy switchgear and circuitry for large power distribution systems or low power circuits for the control of motors, machine tools, automated systems and communications. Process Instrumentation installers may be required to fabricate and install pneumatic and hydraulic tubing.

Industrial wiring is installed in protective raceways to prevent exposure to fire and physical damage. Raceway consist of metal pipe (conduit) cable trays or other approved metal enclosures. Installing raceway requires a fair amount of mathematical, fabrication and piping skills.

Installation Checkout and startup of electrical power and control systems requires a knowledge of electrical properties, electrical calculations, wiring methods, troubleshooting, equipment function and building codes.

Working with live power and moving machinery requires extensive knowledge of safety precautions and detailed safety procedures.

Industrial electrical equipment comes in sizes form small and tedious to large and heavy. It is often installed in areas that are hot, cold, damp, noisy, confined, toxic elevated or underground. Access is often gained by ladder, scaffold or powered man lifts. Frequent travel and long commutes are often required.

Most employers require 4 to 5 years on the job and vocational school training for Journeyman level work. Many electricians are trained by apprenticeship programs or as a result of military service. Some states or jurisdictions may require journeyman electricians to be licensed.

The Industrial Construction Electrician salery depends on the location, conditions and the economy but due to its nature industrial electrical workers earn substantially more then the residential or commercial counterpart.