The title "master electrician" typically refers to a type of electrician who has achieved mastery of their trade. They usually oversee electrician apprentices and journeymen electricians on residential, industrial, and commercial electrical jobs. Typically, a master electrician schedules jobs in phases during a planning stage and ensure that all needed parts, materials, and components have been ordered in advance for the completion of the job.
A master electrician, in general, has different responsibilities depending on the type of project he or she is about to work on. For example, in the planning stage, a master electrician reviews blueprints with a general contractor before beginning work on a new build site; this ensures that the wiring diagrams and sketches are accurate prior to beginning construction. On a remodeling project, a master electrician usually reviews the current wiring to determine what can be kept and what must be replaced. Once this is completed, the master electrician will compile a list of materials and task their crew with what needs to be done.
A master electrician is trained on the installation, repair, maintenance, and safe removal of electrical components. This expertise is complimented often by a working knowledge of other specialties such as plumbing that a master electrician might encounter while working on a job site. Generally, a master electrician must have at least a high school diploma or equivalent. Most often, a master electrician has also attended a trade school to become an electrician or has completed a professional apprenticeship.
Master Electrician Tasks
Diagnose malfunctioning systems, apparatus, or components, using test equipment and tools, to locate the cause of a problem.
Install, terminate and splice 120/208/240/480 volt cables.
Read and interpret construction drawings electrical, mechanical and architectural.
Perform and interpret power calculations, power factor, insulation tests and positive relay tests as required.
Install complicated conduit and control systems.