While the outside lineman works on the distribution network, bringing power from sources of generation to the customers, the inside wireman’s job is to distribute and connect the customer’s electrical equipment to that power source. The inside wireman installs and maintains all of the various types of electrical systems found in commercial and industrial facilities. This equipment may be lighting and receptacles, to motors, to heating equipment, to systems that control the operation of all of a facility’s energy usage.
The inside wireman installs conduit systems that contain the wire from the motor control centers or panelboards to all of the equipment that uses electricity. Those conduits may contain power cables or control cables. Many of the conduit systems are exposed and must be installed to exacting standards using neat and workmanlike craftsmanship.
The work of an inside wireman can vary. One day the inside wireman could be installing a fire alarm or security system in a high rise building and the next day he or she could be installing conduit in a ditch on the outside of the building. Inside wiremen also install electrical systems in industrial facilities such as chemical plants, power plants, chip manufacturing facilities and automobile plants. Each type of installation has specific electrical needs and systems to support those needs. While there are many tasks associated with the inside wireman classification, the apprenticeship training provides all of the knowledge necessary for an individual to perform these tasks in a professional manner while helping the individual to sharpen his or her skills and abilities to be the best worker in the electrical, construction and maintenance industries.
The duties of an inside wireman are listed below. The number next to each duty is the percentage of journeymen reporting that they perform that task.
Installing new wiring and repairing old wiring (99%)
Installing receptacles, lighting systems and fixtures (98%)
Planning and installing raceway systems (97%)
Troubleshooting and repairing electrical systems (94%)
Planning and initiating project (92%)
Supervising journeymen and apprentices (92%)
Establishing temporary power during construction (88%)
Establishing power distribution within project (88%)
Establishing grounding system (87%)
Installing service to buildings and other structures (86%)
Providing power and controls to motors, HVAC, and other equipment (86%)
Installing fire alarm systems (82%)
Installing and repairing traffic signals, outdoor lighting, and outdoor power feeders (71%)
Establishing OSHA and customer safety requirements (67%)
Installing instrumentation and process control systems, including energy management systems (67%)
Erecting and assembling power generation equipment (64%)
Installing security systems (57%)
Installing, maintaining and repairing lightning protection systems (56%)
Installing and repairing telephone and data systems (36%)
Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee Members
Kim Barraclough, Assistant Business Manager, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local Union 354
Rhett Butler, Skyline Electric
Aaron Chaplin, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local Union 354
Klaas DeBoer, Division Manager, Intermountain Chapter of National Electrical Contractors Association
Seth Hansen, Cache Valley Electric
Rich Kingery, Business Manager, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local Union 354
Russ Lamoreaux, Secretary, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local Union 354
Shawn Murphy, Chairman, Wasatch Electric
The Utah Electrical JATC is currently taking applications for the program.Â You may apply Monday – Friday from 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and from 2:00 – 4:30 p.m. ClosedÂ holidays, Saturdays, and Sundays.
3400 West 2100 South
Salt Lake City, UTÂ 84119
Phone: Â (801) 975-1945
Fax:Â (801) 975-7424
TollÂ Free (877) 200-4200
You can visit our web site at http://www.uejatc.org for additional information on getting started.
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Students gain valuable employer-requested skills when the college partners with industry employers. EmployersÂ advise the faculty on up-to-date processes and knowledge.
The Electrician Employer Advisory Team includes:
- Coates Electric & Instrumentation
- Great Salt Lake Minerals
- Knight Electric, Inc.
- Line Side Electric
- Marietti Electric
- Platt Electric Supply
- Pure Power
- Utah Electrical JATC
- Weber School District