Electrician Career Types

Inside Wireman Training

An Inside Wireman is similar to a residential wireman except in this case you would work on commercial or industrial buildings. With this job you would be responsible for wiring the lighting and heating systems and connecting them to the outside power line. In addition you would work on fire alarms, security systems, and anything else that requires hooking into the power supply of the building. This electrical career requires that you learn a wide variety of skills and become proficient with the craftsmanship of your trade.

Inside Wireman install conduit, electrical wiring, fixtures, and electrical apparatus inside commercial buildings and in a multitude of industrial settings.

The joint program between IBEW, NJATC and NECA created the most effective way to train qualified workers as well as create a great program such as this.

This is a five year program consisting of a minimum of 8,000 hours of on-the-job training (OJT) and 1,000 hours of classroom work.

The American Council on Education (ACE) will recommend as many as 58 credits toward an associate’s degree to successful graduates of this program.

Typical duties of Inside Wiremen include:

  • Planning and Initiating Projects
  • Establishing Temporary Power during Construction
  • Establishing Grounding Systems
  • Installing Service to Buildings and Other Structures
  • Establishing Power Distribution within a Project
  • Planning and Installing Raceway Systems
  • Installing New Wiring and Repairing Old Wiring
  • Providing Power and Controls to Motors, HVAC, and OtherEquipment
  • Installing Receptacles, Lighting Systems, and Fixtures
  • Troubleshooting and Repairing Electrical Systems
  • Installing and Repairing Traffic Signals, Outdoor Lighting and Outdoor Power Feeders
  • Installing Fire Alarm Systems

In performing these duties, Inside Wiremen must use many different kinds of tools, ranging from simple one and two-hand tools (such as pliers, screwdrivers, and cable-cutters) to power assisted tools like electric drills and cable pullers.They occasionally operate heavy equipment such as trenches and aerial lifts.

An inside wireman works in industrial and commercial settings.  Their job includes everything from setting up temporary power at the beginning of construction to installing fire alarm systems in commercial buildings.  Requirements for becoming an inside wireman vary by state with stress being placed on extensive knowledge of the National Electric Code  as well as state and local codes.

The ability to read blueprints and schematics are also necessary requirements for inside lineman.  Whereas blueprints show the wiring of a building or structure, schematics show the wiring of specific pieces of equipment like part of a heating, air conditioning or an alarm system.   Both blueprints and schematics use nationally recognized symbolism that an inside wireman must know to safely work with (install or repair) correctly.

Additionally, inside wireman must be able to recognize and choose the correct types of wires, conduits, receptacles and other electrical components as recommended and required by the National Electric Code and state as well as local building codes.  Inside wireman work in both new construction environments as well repairing and upgrading older industrial or commercial systems.  So, it is important to be able to recognize outdated systems and bring them up to current standards.  (This is one of the main reasons that an inside wireman needs to know how to plan and implement new projects.)

The work of the inside wireman varies which means that they need a well-rounded education on everything from receptacles to knowing how to safely work with “live” (energized) circuits.  Yet, it is that variety of an inside wireman’s job that can be one of the best job rewards.