Residential Wiremen


Residential 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.

Residential Wiremen

Over the course of the five-year Inside Wiremen apprenticeship program, apprentices must acquire a wealth of technical knowledge. A recent job analysis identified 83 specific knowledge areas that are important for successful 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
  • First Aid
  • Hazardous Materials
  • Specific Job Safety Rules

Some of the most important skills to be learned are:

  • Skill at Performing CPR
  • Skill at Reading a Wire Table to Determine Conductor Size Required
  • Skill at Terminating Aluminum or Copper Cable
  • Skill at Terminating High Voltage Cable
  • Skill at Splicing High Voltage Cable