Industrial electricians focus on performing electrical work in industrial or commercial buildings. Candidates usually undergo some vocational training, including an apprenticeship. Licensure and continuing education are required.
An industrial electrician installs, services and repairs wiring, conduits, fixtures and other electrical devices and systems in an industrial or commercial setting. Industrial electricians may work in different industries. They often work primarily either in maintenance or in construction and their specific duties may depend on the employer. All work performed by an industrial electrician must meet the regulations of the National Electrical Code.
Industrial electricians' job duties may include running electronic tests and inspections, cleaning contacts or circuit boards, ensuring that systems are grounded and installing outlets, lighting fixtures and switches. Preventative measures such as oiling motors, bending conduit and replacing old wiring are also among their duties. When electrical systems break down, industrial electricians are responsible for troubleshooting and fixing the problem.