What is a Journeyman ?

A Journeyman Wireman is a term used to describe an individual who has completed the 4 or 5-year apprenticeship program. They have gained the knowledge and skills to work on jobsites without supervision. The Journeyman Wireman may be asked to supervise the training of apprentices or to lead a group of other Journeymen and apprentices by taking on the job of Foreman, General Foreman or Superintendent.

The electrical training ALLIANCE is also committed to developing and providing courses of study for upgrading journey-level worker skills so that the local JATCs and AJATCs can keep their Journey-Level Worker workforce up-to-date on the newest technologies.

The electrical training ALLIANCE works directly with equipment manufacturers and technology developers of a variety of tools, equipment and supplies. Once a new training need has been identified, the electrical training ALLIANCE designs an appropriate training course, provides instructor training and distributes the training materials to local JATCs and AJATCs to help them meet their local training need requirements.

Our local programs train tens of thousands of journey-level workers each year. We invest millions of dollars each year to ensure that these individuals are the best trained workers in the industry, all at no cost to the taxpayers.

For more information about Journeyman-Level Training, visit the Electrical Training Alliance website.


While the Outside Lineman works on the distribution network, bringing power from sources of generation to the customers, the Inside Wireman's job is to distribute and connect the customer's electrical equipment to that power source. The Inside Wireman installs and maintains all of the various types of electrical systems found in commercial and industrial facilities. Equipment used may include lighting, receptacles, motors, heating equipment, and systems that control the operation of all of a facility's energy usage.

The Inside Wireman installs conduit systems that contain the wire from the motor control centers or panelboards to all of the equipment that uses electricity. Those conduits may contain power cables or control cables. Many of the conduit systems are exposed and must be installed to exacting standards using neat and workmanlike craftsmanship.

    The work of an Inside Wireman can vary. One day the Inside Wireman could be installing a Fire Alarm System or Security System in a high rise building and the next day he or she could be installing conduit in a ditch on the outside of the building. Inside Wiremen also install electrical systems in industrial facilities such as chemical plants, power plants, chip manufacturing facilities and automobile plants. Each type of installation has specific electrical needs and systems to support those needs. While there are many tasks associated with the Inside Wireman classification, the apprenticeship training provides all of the knowledge necessary.

    For full details on Journeyman Wireman job description, visit the Electrical Training Alliance website.