Job Family: Construction, Building, and Extraction Building Electricians
Services Offering this Occupation
Army  | Navy  | Air Force  | Marine Corps  | Coast Guard  | National Guard

Photo 1: Electrician fixes wiring. Photo 2:
Electrician sets up wiring.

Short Description
The military uses electricity to do many jobs, including lighting hospitals, running power tools, and operating computers. Building electricians install and repair electrical wiring systems in offices, repair shops, airplane hangars, and other buildings on military bases.

What They Do
Building electricians in the military perform some or all of the following duties:
  • Install and wire transformers, junction boxes, and circuit breakers, using wire cutters, insulation strippers, and other hand tools
  • Read blueprints, wiring plans, and repair orders to determine wiring layouts or repair needs
  • Cut, bend, and string wires and conduits (pipe or tubing)
  • Inspect power distribution systems, shorts in wires, and faulty equipment using test meters
  • Repair and replace faulty wiring and lighting fixtures
  • Install lightning rods to protect electrical systems

Helpful Attributes
Helpful school subjects include science and math. Helpful attributes include:
  • Ability to use hand tools
  • Interest in electricity
  • Preference for doing physical work

Training Provided
Job training consists of classroom instruction, including practice in the installation and repair of electrical wiring systems. Further training occurs on the job and through advanced courses. Course content typically includes:
  • Fundamentals of electricity
  • Electrical circuit troubleshooting
  • Safety procedures
  • Techniques for wiring switches, outlets, and junction boxes

Work Environment
Building electricians usually work indoors while installing wiring systems. They work outdoors while installing transformers and lightning rods.

Civilian Counterparts
Civilian building electricians usually work for building and electrical contracting firms. Some work as self-employed electrical contractors. They perform duties similar to military building electricians.

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