Occ. Code 7331100



New York State Department of Civil Service


Classification Standard




Electricians perform journey level electrician work and frequently supervise others in the repair, maintenance and installation of electrical systems and equipment. The electrician trade, for reasons of safety, requires care and precision in its performance following applicable electric code regulations.


Electricians are employed by many agencies with the greatest number of positions in the Office of Mental Health, the Office of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities, the State University System and the Department of Transportation.




Characteristically, an Electrician is responsible for all electrical work including the planning and laying out of work and the diagnosis of trouble in electrical systems or equipment in an assigned area, on an assigned project or for an entire facility.


An Electrician frequently supervises others in this work including Electricians, semiskilled and relatively unskilled workers.


Electricians may work with, lead, and provide practical trades instruction to persons for whom the State has custody or responsibility with responsibility for the tasks performed and for the security of the tools and materials used by them  along with their whereabouts.


In an electrical maintenance shop where activities are being performed by several employees, a typical organization contains one journey level position for each semiskilled or elementary skilled maintenance employee. In an agency such as the Department of Correctional Services where inmates or residents perform some electrical repair or installation tasks, an Electrician may be responsible for the work of a small group of such individuals.


Supervising Electricians supervise large scale electrical installation and repair operations involving approximately eight skilled, semiskilled or elementary skilled maintenance personnel in such classes as Electrician, Electronic Equipment Mechanic, Refrigeration Mechanic, Maintenance Assistant and Maintenance Helper.


In many State facilities Vocational Instructors specializing in electricity formally instruct inmates and/or residents in the theory and practice of this trade.


Maintenance Assistants (Electrician), as a semiskilled employee, perform the more routine, repetitive tasks of the electrical trade and are not usually required to work on high voltage equipment. Incumbents may perform journey level activities and tasks under direct observation and supervision or after having received specific instructions.


Maintenance Helpers on assignment to electrical trades, assist Electrician and Maintenance Assistant (Electrician) positions in electrical work by performing manual tasks involving elementary skills as directed while learning the practical techniques of the electrical trade.


Electronic Equipment Mechanics install, service or repair a variety of electronic equipment at a State institution or agency where there is a large quantity of electronic equipment and where all repairs are made at the institution or agency. Such activities may be performed by an Electrician in a State institution or agency where the quantity of electronic equipment does not require the full time service of an Electronic Equipment Mechanic.


Employees engaged in other building and maintenance trades are classified under a variety of other commonly used titles descriptive of their work; i.e., Carpenter, Plumber and Steamfitter.




Repairs, maintains and installs electrical systems and equipment such as motors, transformers, wiring, switches, alarm systems, controls, traffic signals and related equipment, and small appliances including radio, television, and record players.












Plans layout and installs and repairs wiring, electrical fixtures, apparatus and control equipment.










May repair and maintain elevators.





May test and repair electromedical equipment such as x-ray, inductothermy, and diathermy equipment, sterilizers, following schematic diagrams.





As assigned, Electricians supervise and instruct others in the repair, maintenance and installation of electrical systems and equipment.












The nature of an Electrician's activity generally restricts relationships to employees working within the same organizational unit including skilled workers in other trades. On occasion, however, incumbents may be expected to verbally communicate with administrators and others in an agency or State facility on the reasons why work is being accomplished in the manner selected.


Electricians frequently direct and supervise an electrical maintenance staff which may include persons for whom the State has custody or responsibility. Such relationships are characterized by frequent verbal communications in assigning work and providing instructions. Written and verbal communications with the general public are not typical of this class.  Although incumbents may have frequent verbal relationships with others, the tasks of this class are predominantly thing oriented and the involvement with others is not a factor in determining its classification.




Electricians are supervised by higher level electrical or building trades positions such as Supervising Electrician or Maintenance Supervisor. Generally work priorities are prescribed, material is furnished, the nature and extent of the work to be performed are given, and detailed plans, diagrams and specifications are provided, or the incumbent may be required to work from rough sketches or from verbal instructions. However, in the absence of such direction, the Electrician sets priorities, requisitions materials, determines the work that has to be done to accomplish the purpose, and lays out the work without plans, diagrams or specifications.


Although the work of Electricians is inspected periodically by the supervisor, incumbents are expected to work with considerable independence as is typical of a journey level worker.


As assigned, an Electrician supervises other Electricians, subordinate maintenance employees and/or persons for whom the State has custody or responsibility in making assignments, giving instructions, and observing and inspecting work performed to insure that instructions have been followed, electrical codes adhered to, and that the quality of the work is satisfactory.




Electricians use the tools of the electrical trade including standard hand tools, portable power tools, shop equipment, and measuring and testing instruments including, but not limited to, ammeters, wattmeters, ohmmeters, oscilloscopes and test lamps.
















Electrician Trainee 1, NS:  Must be 18 years of age or older; possess a High School diploma or general equivalency diploma recognized by the New York State Education Department; be proficient in English and math; full-time permanent service in a position allocated at Grade 12 or below which is primarily engaged in the performance of unskilled and/or semiskilled labor and trades tasks. 


Electrician Trainee 2, NS:  Successful completion of a 52-week probationary period as an Electrician Trainee 1, NS; completion of 45 hours of Technical Math coursework and 15 hours of Blueprint Reading/Schematics coursework or passage of an equivalency exam or proof of successful completion of equivalent training; 144 hours of electrician trade-specific instruction; and 2,000 hours of on-the-job training.  Trainees must maintain a C or better average in their coursework.



Electrician, Grade 12: Successful completion of a NYS two-year Electrician Traineeship or NYS two-year electrician training program; OR successful completion of any equivalent electrical two-year training or apprenticeship program;* OR four (4) years of full-time experience in the electrical trade under a skilled journey-level electrician which would provide training equivalent to that given in an apprenticeship program.  Apprenticeship training in the electrical trade or training gained by completion of technical courses in the electrical trade at a school, institute, or branch of the Armed Services may be substituted on a year-for-year basis.


* Successful completion of the traineeship and the training program includes a total of 288 hours of trade-specific class room instruction, 45 hours of technical math course work, 45 hours of technical communications course work, and 15 hours of blueprint/schematic reading course work.  Course work must be completed with an average of C or better.  Additionally, successful completion of the traineeship also includes 4,000 hours of on-the-job training.


Revised:  4/09


NOTE:  Classification Standards illustrate the nature, extent and scope of duties and responsibilities of the classes they describe.  Standards cannot and do not include all of the work that might be appropriately performed by a class.  The minimum qualifications above are those which were required for appointment at the time the Classification Standard was written.  Please contact the Division of Staffing Services for current information on minimum qualification requirements for appointment or examination.