An electrical foreman works with contractors and other electricians to install and maintain wiring in homes, businesses and factories. The electrical foreman trains and supervises a crew of electricians and apprentices. He must be able to read and evaluate blueprints and technical drawings in order to communicate specific orders to his crew. An electrical foreman is usually a master electrician; however, there are some contractors that use journeymen electricians for this job.
An electrician must be 18 years of age and have completed high school or a GED equivalency test. He must become an apprentice either through local union classes or study under a licensed electrician. Apprentices have to complete a four-year training course of classroom work and on-the-job training. They must then take and pass exams on the National Electrical Code, local and state codes and electrical theory. All electricians must continue their education in order to meet licensure requirements and to learn new technology. This also ensures that they will know and understand any changes to the electrical codes.
An electrical foreman works with the electrical contractor and other supervisors to ensure all the work is accomplished according to the contract. The foreman must be able to read blueprints and technical diagrams and explain them to other electricians and apprentices. An electrical foreman periodically checks each person's work to ensure safety and that all local and state codes are being met.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics, employment opportunities for electricians should maintain average growth between 2008 and 2018. Much of this growth will be in new home construction. Also, there will be older buildings that require improvements to meet modern codes and accommodate higher electrical consumption.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics, the median hourly rate for electricians is $22.32.The middle 50 percent of those employed earn an hourly rate of $17 to $29.88. The lowest paid 10 percent earn less than $13.54 and the highest paid 10 percent earn more than $38.18.
An electrical job foreman has many avenues for advancement. With continued education and good job performance, she may become a construction manager or project manager or start her own businesses. Some will become electrical inspectors, or in large construction firms they can become project managers, or hold other top management positions. With a sufficient amount of capital, an electrical job foreman may start his own construction management company.