Residential Wiremen

bg-header-01Residential Wiremen work solely in residential settings (single and multi-family dwellings). Major duties for Residential Wiremen include:

  • Planning and initiating projects
  • Establishing temporary power during construction
  • Establishing grounding systems
  • Installing underground systems (slab/foundation)
  • Rough-in (frame stage)
  • Installing wire and cable
  • Trim out
  • Performing “hot” checks
  • Troubleshooting and repairing electrical systems

In performing these duties, Residential Wiremen must use many different kinds of tools, ranging from simple ones and two-hand tools (such as screwdrivers and cable cutters) to power-assisted tools like electric drills and screw guns. They occasionally operate heavy equipment such as trenchers.

Over the course of the three-year Residential Wiremen apprenticeship program, apprentices must become competent in many technical areas. A recent job analysis identified 85 specific areas of knowledge that are important for Residential Wiremen job performance.

A few of the most important ones are knowledge of:

  • The national electrical code
  • How to work with energized circuits
  • Blueprints, including symbols used
  • Electrical schematic diagrams
  • State and local electrical codes
  • The principles of grounding
  • First aid
  • Hazardous materials
  • Specific job safety rules
  • Proper wire/cable to use in different circumstances

Some of the most important skills to be learned are:

  • CPR
  • Reading a wire rable to determine conductor size required
  • Terminating aluminum or copper cable
  • Splicing twisted pair cable
  • Terminating twisted pair cable
  • Terminating coaxial cable

Contact Northern Nevada Electrical Training Center to learn more about becoming a Residential Wiremen.