Construction and Maintenance Electrician

Install wiring and fixtures in buildings that are under construction.

What does a Construction and Maintenance Electrician do?

An Electrician installs and repairs wiring and other components for electrical systems. Although your job as a Construction and Maintenance Electrician is similar to that of a Lineman, who works on power lines outside the home or business, you’re generally in charge of the electricity running inside a building. Within this field, most Electricians choose to specialize in either construction or maintenance.

If you choose to specialize in construction, you focus on installing new wiring in new buildings. You may specialize in commercial, industrial, or residential electrical work, or you may cover all areas. If the job is a new construction, you install tubes (called conduits) into the framing of the structure. Sometimes, you also install components of the heating and cooling system.

You thread the wiring for the entire building, ensuring that each light fixture and outlet functions properly, carries the proper currency load, and observes local code regulations. In addition, you install the circuit breakers into the main circuit control box, making sure each breaker corresponds to the proper room.

In contrast to Construction Electricians, Maintenance Electricians work within existing structures to make repairs. These repairs might mean replacing a ceiling fan, adding a dimmer switch to a living room, or moving an outlet to a different wall. Each of these tasks requires your specialized skills to determine how the flow of power works, if the customer needs a permit, and whether the requested change conforms to local code.

Construction and Maintenance Electrician jobs offer flexibility. You can choose to work for an established electrical company or go freelance, creating your own schedule. Either way, working with electricity can be a dangerous job. Because of this, the expertise and knowledge of Construction and Maintenance Electricians are in high demand.