Commercial/Industrial Wireman

A five-year state certified apprenticeship program.

Apprentice will:
Participate in a minimum of 180 hours of classroom training per year.
Receive regularly scheduled time-based wage increases.
Participate in a minimum of 8,000 hours of on-the-job training with a Signatory Contractor.

The Commercial / Industrial (Inside) Wireman’s job is to distribute and connect the customer’s electrical equipment to that power source. The Commercial / Industrial Wireman installs and maintains all of the various types of electrical systems found in commercial and industrial facilities. The equipment may include lighting and receptacles, motors, heating equipment, or systems that control the operation of all of a facility’s energy usage.

The Commercial / Industrial Wireman installs conduit systems that contain the wire from the motor control centers or panel boards to all of the equipment that uses electricity. Those conduits may contain power or control cables. Many of the conduit systems are exposed and must be installed to exact standards, using neat and workman-like craftsmanship.

The daily obligations of a Commercial / Industrial Wireman can vary from installing a fire alarm system or security system in a high rise building, to installing conduit in a ditch on the outside of the building. A Commercial / Industrial Wireman also installs electrical systems in industrial facilities such as chemical plants, power plants, manufacturing facilities and automobile plants. While there are many tasks associated with the Commercial / Industrial Wireman classification, the apprenticeship training provides all of the knowledge necessary for an individual to perform these tasks in a professional manner.


Job Description
The duties of a Commercial / Industrial Wireman are listed below. The number next to each duty is the average of the percentage of journeymen reporting that they perform that task.

99% Installing New Wiring and Repairing Old Wiring
98% Installing Receptacles, Lighting Systems and Fixtures
97% Planning and Installing Raceway Systems
94% Troubleshooting and Repairing Electrical Systems
92% Planning and Initiating Project
92% Supervising Journeymen and Apprentices
88% Establishing Temporary Power During Construction
88% Establishing Power Distribution within Project
87% Establishing Grounding System
86% Installing Service to Buildings and Other Structures
86% Providing Power and Controls to Motors, HVAC, and Other Equipment
82% Installing Fire Alarm Systems
71% Installing and Repairing Traffic Signals, Outdoor Lighting, and Outdoor Power Feeders
67% Establishing OSHA and Customer Safety Requirements
67% Installing Instrumentation and Process Control Systems, Including Energy Management Systems
64% Erecting and Assembling Power Generation Equipment
57% Installing Security Systems
56% Installing, Maintaining and Repairing Lightning] Protection Systems
36% Installing and Repairing Telephone and Data Systems

Tools of the Trade

Journeymen Inside Commercial / Industrial wiremen use a broad array of tools. We have classified the tools by how frequently you will likely need to use them  

Daily Hand tools: level, pliers, needle nose pliers, slip joint pliers, hammer, wire cutters, screw driver, fish tape, measuring tape, ruler, wrench, hacksaw, wire stripper, hand bender, ladder, knife.Power-assisted tools: hand drill.

Meters: voltmeter.

Weekly Hand tools: file, punch, socket set, allen wrench, keyhole saw, crimping tools, hand drill, vise, hand reamer, knock out sets, tap and dies.Power-assisted tools: electric screw gun, hydraulic bender, power cutting and threading machine, electric roto hammer drill.

Meters: ammeter.

Monthly Hand tools: plumb bob, fuse pullers, clamps, pipe wrench, hoist, cum-a-long.Power-assisted tools: electric saber saw, wire tugger.
Occasionally Hand tools: torque wrench, architect scale, handsaw, wood chisel, shovel, transit, block and tackle, adapter cables, caliper, tamp tool.Power-assisted tools: soldering iron, drill press, gas-operated auger, air hammer, coring machine to drill through concrete, roto stripper, water pump, fiber optic fusion splicer.

Meters: oscilloscope, wattmeter, optical power meter, MEGGER, dielectric test set to hipot cable, dynamometer, optical time-domain reflectometers.

Heavy equipment: trencher, electric lift, bucket truck, crane, power borer, derrick, auger, dozer, back hoe, caterpillar.