Profession industrial electrician

Industrial electricians install and maintain electricity cables and other electrical infrastructure in large industrial and commercial buildings. They perform inspections and repair defective parts of electrical systems to ensure efficiency.

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Personality Type

  • Realistic / Investigative
  • Realistic / Conventional

Knowledge

  • Electricity

    Understand the principles of electricity and electrical power circuits, as well as the associated risks.

  • Building systems monitoring technology

    Computer-based control systems that monitor mechanical and electrical equipment in a building such as HVAC, security and lighting systems.

  • Electrical wiring plans

    Pictorial representation of an electrical circuit. It shows the components of the circuit as simplified shapes, and the power and signal connections between the devices. It gives information about the relative position and arrangement of devices and terminals on the devices, to help in building or servicing the device. A wiring diagram is often used to troubleshoot problems and to make sure that all the connections have been made and that everything is present.

Skills

  • Use precision tools

    Use electronic, mechanical, electric, or optical precision tools for precision work.

  • Test electronic units

    Test electronic units using appropriate equipment. Gather and analyse data. Monitor and evaluate system performance and take action if needed.

  • React to events in time-critical environments

    Monitor the situation around you and anticipate. Be ready to take quick and appropriate action in case of unexpected events.

  • Use safety equipment in construction

    Use elements of protective clothing such as steel-tipped shoes, and gear such as protective goggles, in order to minimise risk of accidents in construction and to mitigate any injury if an accident does occur.

  • Splice cable

    Join and weave electric and communications cable and trunk lines together.

  • Inspect construction supplies

    Check construction supplies for damage, moisture, loss or other problems before using the material.

  • Install electricity sockets

    Install electricity sockets into walls or sub-floor compartments. Isolate all electric cables in the socket to prevent accidents.

  • Use measurement instruments

    Use different measurement instruments depending on the property to be measured. Utilise various instruments to measure length, area, volume, speed, energy, force, and others.

  • Inspect electrical supplies

    Check electrical supplies for damage, moisture, loss or other problems.

  • Work ergonomically

    Apply ergonomy principles in the organisation of the workplace while manually handling equipment and materials.

  • Install electrical and electronic equipment

    Install equipment which is dependent on electric currents or electromagnetic fields in order to work, or equipment to generate, transfer or measure such currents and fields. This equipment includes switchboards, electric motors, generators or direct current systems.

  • Resolve equipment malfunctions

    Identify, report and repair equipment damage and malfunctions; communicate with field representatives and manufacturers to obtain repair and replacement components.

  • Install electric switches

    Prepare wires for installation in a switch. Wire the switch. Install it securely in the right location.

  • Follow health and safety procedures in construction

    Apply the relevant health and safety procedures in construction in order to prevent accidents, pollution and other risks.

Optional knowledge and skills

ensure safety in electrical power operations solder electronics cut wall chases install lightning protection system program firmware automation technology troubleshoot use sander electromechanics replace defect components write inspection reports energy performance of buildings order electrical supplies assemble electrical components electronics apply coating to electrical equipment electrical testing methods electrical wire accessories install circuit breakers repair wiring answer requests for quotation keep records of work progress assemble electronic units electricity consumption make electrical calculations solar panel mounting systems electric generators maintain electrical equipment read electricity meter