Occ. Code 7331200





New York State Department of Civil Service


Classification Standard




A Supervising Electrician supervises electricians and other workers engaged in the repair, maintenance and installation of electrical systems and equipment. Incumbents are working supervisors and as such perform any task in the electrical trade. Such activities are covered in the Classification Standard for Electrician, Occ. Code 7331100.


Supervising Electricians are employed by many agencies with the greatest number of positions in the Office of Mental Health, Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation and in the State University.




A Supervising Electrician is a working supervisor of a crew of a minimum of eight employees, including two or more journey level workers, in such classes as Electrician, Refrigeration Mechanic, Electronic Equipment Mechanic, Maintenance Assistant (Electrician), and Maintenance Helper. Incumbents assign staff, plan and lay out work, provide instructions and assistance and inspect work.


Employees engaged in supervising other building and maintenance trades positions performing specialized activities are classified under a variety of titles such as Supervising Plumber and Steamfitter, Supervising Carpenter and Supervising Mason and Plasterer.


In State facilities in which the volume of work in any single trade is insufficient to warrant a specified trade supervisor position, a Maintenance Supervisor 1 may be classified on the basis of supervision of a minimum of ten positions in various trades in the skilled, semiskilled, and relatively unskilled level.




A Supervising Electrician performs the activities and tasks listed in the Classification Standard for Electrician, Occ. Code 7331100.


In addition, a Supervising Electrician supervises and plans the work for a subordinate maintenance crew of skilled, semiskilled and relatively unskilled employees.


·      Examines blueprints, schematic drawings and sketches to determine material and labor requirements to accomplish the project, and may order required materials and supplies.


·      As required, prepares sketches from oral or written instructions showing location of wiring and electrical equipment.


·      Assigns staff to each project providing oral instructions, blueprints, or sketches and interprets specifications and blueprints as required.


·      Meets with supervisors representing other trades involved in the project to coordinate activities and schedule work to be performed to insure that the work continues and will be completed on schedule.


·      Observes work in progress to insure that the project will be completed on schedule and according to plan.


·      Inspects wiring and fixtures during installation and when completed for conformity to specifications or codes.


·      Keeps written records of work performed and accounts for labor and materials used.


·      Periodically prepares standard written evaluations of the work performance of subordinate staff.




Supervising Electrician activities are characterized by frequent oral instructions in assigning work and giving instructions and supervising a subordinate maintenance crew. Oral communications are also conducted with supervisors in other trades working on a project. Written progress reports following a standard format are prepared periodically for the supervisor on the projects under way.


On occasion, the Supervising Electrician may be expected to orally communicate with administrators and others to explain the project in terms of what has to be done and when it will be completed.




Supervising Electricians are generally supervised by higher level trades positions such as Maintenance Supervisor 3 or 4 who assign projects and provide blueprints, plans or oral instructions. Generally work priorities are prescribed and detailed plans and drawings are provided. However, incumbents may be required to work from rough sketches or oral instructions.


Although the projects under the supervision of a Supervising Electrician are inspected periodically by the supervisor, incumbents work with considerable independence as is characteristic of the trade.


Supervising Electricians supervise a staff by assigning work, giving instructions and assistance and observing and inspecting the project to insure that plans have been followed and schedules met.




Supervising Electricians use the tools of the electrical trade including standard hand tools, portable power tools, shop equipment and measuring and testing instruments such as ammeters, wattmeters, ohmmeters, oscilloscopes, and test lamps. There are over 1400 such kinds of tools and test equipment used by electricians.




·      Working knowledge of electrical theory as applied to the electrical trades.


·      Working knowledge of the practices and techniques of the electrical trade.


·      Working knowledge of the mathematics of the electrical trade.


·      Working knowledge of applicable standards and electrical code regulations.


·      Working knowledge of the principles and practices of supervision.


·      Basic knowledge of electronic theory and practice as applied to the electrical trade.


·      Ability to read and interpret circuit diagrams, architectural blueprints, and generator and motor control diagrams.


·      Ability to use the tools, equipment and materials of the electrical trade.


·      Ability to train and supervise others.


·      As assigned, working knowledge of the operation and repair of digital timing devices used in traffic control systems.




One year of experience as a skilled journey level electrician subsequent to the completion of apprenticeship or equivalent training and experience.






Reviewed:  9/03











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.