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Electrician Job Description

The following is a sample job description for a Electrician to reference when building your resume. Assess the qualifications and requirements listed to get an understanding of what you need to include on your resume for what employers expect in this field.


Electrician is a skilled worker who installs and maintains electrical wiring, fixtures and equipment. Electricians must have a thorough knowledge of the National Electrical Code, as well as state and local codes governing electrical installations. Electricians also must know how to use hand tools, power tools and test equipment.

Electricians work on all types of buildings, from homes to schools, hospitals and factories. They can be found in both commercial and residential settings. Electricians may specialize in one area of electrical work such as lighting or motors or they may work on the entire electrical system in an office building or large home.

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  • Perform electrical repairs on equipment such as motors, switches, transformers, and lighting fixtures.
  • Install new electrical wiring in existing buildings.
  • Install new electrical wiring in new construction.
  • Install and maintain emergency generators to power essential building systems when the main power supply is interrupted.
  • Read and interpret blueprints, drawings and specifications.
  • Install, maintain and repair electrical equipment.
  • Perform wiring for new construction, repairs or renovations.
  • Wire buildings for electricity by connecting wires to electrical panels and circuits.
  • Install lighting fixtures and switches, outlets and plugs.
  • Connect appliances to power sources, such as furnaces or dryers to electrical panels in homes or offices.
  • Fix electrical problems in buildings, such as short circuits or blown fuses.


  • State electrician license or certification in good standing.
  • Completion of an electrical apprentice program.
  • Working knowledge of basic electricity principles (Ohm’s law, wattage, voltage)
  • Ability to read and interpret electrical diagrams (schematics)
  • Ability to use hand tools such as screwdrivers and pliers
  • Ability to read blueprints or building plans
  • Must be able to work in a hot environment
  • Must be able to stand for long periods of time
  • Must be able to lift up to 50 pounds regularly
  • Knowledge of building codes and regulations.
  • Able to operate hand tools such as drills, saws and screwdrivers.

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