Electricians are skilled tradesmen in the construction industry. If a job has to do with electric power, an electrician is involved with it, in one fashion or another. Electricians install, maintain and repair electrical lines and systems in residential, commercial, industrial and municipal environments. Electricians may specialize in a particular segment of the industry. The primary employment categories include outside linemen, inside wiremen and residential wiremen. While all wiremen are electricians, not all electricians are wiremen.
Electricians typically learn their trade through a formal apprenticeship program that lasts three years or more, depending on the field of specialization. During their apprenticeship, electricians learn to read blueprints and technical diagrams. They learn to inspect electrical components and use testing devices to identify electrical problems. Because electric power can be dangerous and even deadly if not handled properly, electricians are trained to observe a high level of safety protocols. They are responsible for understanding and abiding by local and state building codes and regulations.
Inside wiremen are electricians who specialize in connecting their commercial customers' electrical systems to the outside power source, and then distributing that power throughout the facility. An inside wireman's job might include installing conduit, lighting fixtures and electrical outlets. Inside wiremen inspect and maintain electrical motors and equipment. They may install alarm systems or electrical control panels. In addition to installations, inside wiremen inspect, maintain and repair existing electrical systems within the facility.
A residential wireman performs many of the same tasks as an inside wireman, except in residential, rather than commercial or industrial, environments. Residential wiremen install and distribute electrical power in single and multi-family dwellings. They may install the main circuit breaker box, plan and install electrical lines in new or existing construction and troubleshoot and make repairs to faulty lines and systems. As homes become more sophisticated, residential wiremen are more involved with planning and installing low-voltage cable and communications systems, including alarm systems, power monitoring systems, computer networking and cable television systems.
LOCAL 1547 WIREMAN REPS: Waylon Knudsen (907)777-7252, Doug Tansy (907)458-4905, Dennis Traylor (907)777-7278
Journeyman Wireman Electrical Licensing Requirements
State of Alaska Inside Electrical Licensing Requirements If you plan to work in Alaska, this is what you need to prove in order to obtain an Alaska State Electrical License. Read the following carefully as the proof to take the exam is stringently adhered to by the DOL.
State of Alaska Department of Labor Info
State Electrical License (Certificate of Fitness), Department of Labor Phone Number: 907-269-4925 Option #1.
Link for application: http://labor.alaska.gov/lss/forms/cof-app.pdf
In order to apply for a State Electrical License you have two options. If you have taken a journeyman's examination test in one of the states listed below and have maintained that license for a period of at least one calendar year, call 907-269-4925 and press option #1 for rules and applications on reciprocating. If not, you need to take the Alaska State Electrical Exam.
Current Reciprocal list as of 4/2011: Arkansas, Colorado, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Dakota, South Dakota, Oklahoma, and Utah.
Taking the Examination: Requirement for obtaining the State of Alaska Certificate of Fitness (State Electrical License) is as follows:
Verification of Hours:
Your Business Manager or Business Representative can write a letter on the Local Union's letterhead with the following information:
The following individual was initiated into Local Union xxxx on (date here) and is a member in good standing. Include with the letter an itemized list of IBEW dispatches showing Start-Stop dates, Company Name, Type of work (e.g. Residential, Commercial, or Industrial) and total hours worked for that company.
*Inside Wiremen must have the type of work identified or the DOL will not accept it.
Dates Employed Company Name Type of Work Hours
7/12/05 – 2/23/06 New York Electric Commercial 4250
3/8/06 - 11/14/07 Brown's Electric Industrial 5300
The letter must document 8000 plus total hours of itemized dispatches.
(The state will only accept 2000 Residential hours towards your Journeyman Electrician License)
This letter must be signed by your representative and then NOTARIZED.
The "Experience Verification Form" that comes with your application package must be filled out and verified by IBEW Local 1547.
Send the original notarized letter from your Business Agent or Business Manager, the completed Notarized application from the link above, and a $50 dollar check or Money order made out to the State of Alaska to:
IBEW Local 1547
Waylon Knudsen, 3333 Denali St. Suite 200, Anchorage, Alaska 99503, 907-777-7252 Work
If you fax the notarized letter to Waylon Knudsen before mailing it, it can be verified for correctness. The fax is 907-777-7264.
In Anchorage, testing is conducted at the Alaska Department of Labor Mechanical Inspection Office. Test sites are also available elsewhere in the State in Fairbanks, Juneau, and Ketchikan. Call the DOL at (907) 269-4925 for appointments. The address in Anchorage is:
3301 Eagle St Room #302, Anchorage, Alaska 99504
Tests are conducted in Anchorage once a week on Wednesdays. It is an open book test with 100 code questions on the 2011 NEC code. You cannot have handwritten notes in your code book, but tabs and highlighting are permissible. They allow 4 hours to complete the test. Results will be furnished by 4 p.m. that same day.
Check in early the day of testing!
The $50.00 check or money order made out to the State of Alaska is for the test application fee only. After passing the test, the license costs an additional $200.00 for a two (2) year license.