Occ. Code 7345060





New York State Department of Civil Service


Classification Standard





            A Maintenance Assistant (Electrician) performs semiskilled activities in the repair, maintenance and installation of electrical systems and equipment, typically under the supervision of an Electrician. The electrical trade, for reasons of safety, requires care and precision in its performance following applicable electric code regulations.


            Maintenance Assistants (Electrician) are employed by many agencies, with the greatest number of positions in the Office of Mental Health, State University and the Office of General Services.




            Maintenance Assistant (Electrician), as a semiskilled employee, performs the routine maintenance, repair and installation tasks in the electrical trade under the supervision of an Electrician. Incumbents, in learning and perfecting their craft skills, may perform journey level activities under supervision or after having received specific instructions. However, work on high voltage equipment is not usually required except under immediate direction. Maintenance Assistants (Electrician) may supervise maintenance helpers, laborers and other relatively unskilled workers in performing manual tasks involving elementary skills.


            There are a number of other specialized Maintenance Assistant classes having parenthetic designations describing the predominant trade areas in which the incumbent is assigned; i.e., carpenter, mason and plasterer, painter, and plumber and steamfitter. Although incumbents of such classes may perform tasks normally associated with more than one trade, most of their time is spent performing tasks typical of the trade indicated by the special title.


            Incumbents of Maintenance Assistant positions without a parenthetic designating a trade specialty are usually found in relatively small maintenance staffs where such specialization is not desirable or in large maintenance pools where specialization is not efficient. However, incumbents may be assigned to tasks such as those described for any of the specialized positions of Maintenance Assistant.


            Maintenance Assistant is distinguished from Maintenance Helper by the latter's performance of relatively unskilled tasks in direct support of semiskilled and/or skilled trades positions. Such tasks involve a limited use of the tools and equipment of the trade under very specific instructions and supervision of either a Maintenance Assistant or a journey level worker.


            The position of Electrician is distinguished from Maintenance Assistant (Electrician) by the former's responsibility for the electrical work in an assigned area, on an assigned project, or for an entire facility, including the performance of skilled work in the repair and maintenance of the more complicated electrical equipment such as elevators, generators, generator switchboards and high voltage circuits. Electricians plan, estimate quantity and type of material and equipment needed, lay out work, and diagnose trouble in electrical systems or equipment, and frequently supervise others performing electrical work.




A Maintenance Assistant (Electrician), working from diagrams, oral and written instructions and using electricians' hand tools, power tools and standard test instruments, performs a variety of semiskilled maintenance, repair and installation tasks in the electrical trade including, but not limited to the following:


·      Assists an Electrician in installing and repairing electrical wiring by performing such tasks as cutting and bending wire and conduit, drilling holes for wiring, and pulling or pushing wiring through openings.


·      Replaces faulty switches, sockets, plugs, fuses, insulators and other simple elements of electrical systems, fixtures and appliances.


·      Assists in lifting, positioning and fastening objects such as wiring, wiring conduits and motors.


·      Repairs and maintains electrical equipment such as vacuum cleaners, electric ranges and fans by adjusting, cleaning, lubricating and replacing worn or defective parts.


·      Replaces brushes on electric motors, and adjusts points and contacts on electric equipment.


·      Lays and repairs electric cable.


·      As directed, makes emergency repairs to traffic signals.


·      Installs and maintains lighting fixtures.


As assigned, a Maintenance Assistant (Electrician) functions as a lead worker over a small maintenance crew usually consisting of maintenance helpers and laborers.


Under direction, incumbents may participate in work in other maintenance specialties.




            The nature of Maintenance Assistant (Electrician) activities generally restricts relationships to employees working within the same organizational unit. As assigned, incumbents supervise a small maintenance crew characterized by frequent oral communications in assigning work and providing instructions. Written and oral communications with the general public are not typical of this class.




            A Maintenance Assistant (Electrician) is typically supervised by an Electrician. Work priorities and the nature and extent of work to be performed are prescribed and materials are furnished. When necessary, the work to be performed is laid out by the Electrician who gives specific instructions, assists in performing the more difficult tasks, and inspects the job while in progress and when completed to insure that instructions have been followed, electrical codes adhered to, and that the quality of the work is satisfactory. However, a Maintenance Assistant (Electrician) may perform the activities of this class with considerable independence when supervision is not immediately available due to such factors as the geographic location of the assignment. In addition, incumbents are expected to perform the more routine and repetitive tasks with considerable independence.


            As assigned, a Maintenance Assistant (Electrician) supervises a maintenance crew comprised of maintenance helpers, laborers and other relatively unskilled workers by making assignments, giving instructions and providing assistance in performing the work.




            A Maintenance Assistant (Electrician) uses the tools of the electrical trade, including standard hand tools, portable power tools, and shop equipment, and standard measuring and testing instruments. An incumbent may occasionally operate a motor vehicle.




·      Working knowledge of the methods, materials, tools and equipment of the electrical trade.


·      Working knowledge of applicable standards and electric code regulations.


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


·      Ability to perform moderate to heavy manual labor.


·      Ability to understand and carry out written and oral instructions.


·      Ability to read diagrams, plans and specifications.


As assigned:


·      Ability to lead the activities of a subordinate staff.


·      Ability to operate a motor vehicle.




            Two years of experience in electrical work under the supervision of a skilled Electrician, or completion of an appropriate two-year technical school course in the electrical trade.



Reviewed:  3/04



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.


These are reformatted versions of existing documents that are now being made available on-line. Non-substantive changes have been made to the previously approved documents for appropriate language and to correct agency and title references.