Maintenance Electrician

Install and repair electrical systems, apparatus, and components.
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Quick Stats


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Good

Salary Range
$29,000 – $81,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Maintenance Electricians do?

Installs and repairs electrical systems, apparatus, and electrical and electronic components of industrial machinery and equipment, following electrical code, manuals, schematic diagrams, blueprints, and other specifications, using handtools, power tools, and electrical and electronic test equipment: Installs power supply wiring and conduit for newly installed machines and equipment, such as robots, conveyors, and programmable controllers, following electrical code and blueprints, using handtools and voltage tester. Connects power supply wires to machines and equipment, and connects cables and wires between machines and equipment, following manuals, schematic diagrams, and blueprints, using handtools and test equipment. Diagnoses malfunctioning apparatus, such as transformers, motors, and lighting fixtures, using test equipment, and replaces damaged or broken wires and cables, using handtools. Tests malfunctioning machinery, using test equipment, and discusses malfunction with other maintenance workers, such as MACHINE REPAIRER, MAINTENANCE 638.261-030 and TOOL MAKER, MAINTENANCE 601.280-042, to diagnose malfunction. Replaces faulty electrical components of machine, such as relays, switches, and motors, and positions sensing devices, using handtools. Diagnoses and repairs or replaces faulty electronic components, such as printed circuit boards [ELECTRONICS TESTER 726.261-018], using electronic test equipment and handtools. Replaces electric motor bearings and rewires motors. May push buttons and press keys on robot controller, teach pendant, and programmable controller to program automated machinery, such as robots, to operate automated machinery, to test for malfunctions, and to verify repairs. May plan layout of wiring and install wiring, conduit, and electrical apparatus in buildings [ELECTRICIAN 824.261-010]. May diagnose and replace faulty mechanical, hydraulic, and pneumatic components of machines and equipment. May be required to hold electrician’s license. May be designated according to equipment repaired as Circuit-Breaker Mechanic; Electrician, Crane Maintenance; Electrician, Rectifier Maintenance; Salvage Repairer I; Time Clock Repairer; Transformer-Coil Winder; or according to work location as Electrician, Machine Shop; Electrician, Refinery; Underground Repairer. May be designated: Watch Electrician; Wirer, Maintenance.


Should I be a Maintenance Electrician?

You should have a certificate degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Leader: You're good at taking charge, giving directions, and inspiring other people.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Team Player: You're able to listen, communicate, and work with tons of different people.

  • Also known as: Circuit-Breaker Mechanic, Diesel Maintenance Electrician, Electrical Maintenance Man, Electrical Maintenance Worker See More

    How to become a Maintenance Electrician

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