An electrical leadman or an electrical foreman is an individual who is hired primarily to oversee the work of electricians. He or she usually works on a project basis, and ensures that everything is in order.
Typically, an electrical leadman is expected to plan, schedule, assign, and participate in and inspect the work of linemen and electricians, to ensure that they are working according to schedule, and in a time-efficient manner.
Working as an electrical leadman means that you will need to possess the ability to handle a diverse group of people, so that they work according to the work plans that you have outlined. It is the responsibility of a person working at this position to make sure that electrical operations are run properly, and completed in a timely manner. Also, electrical leadmen are expected to be hands-on in performing electrical repair and maintenance work, so that they can contribute to the project, and provide effective leadership.
Typically, employers expect electrical leadmen to possess a high school diploma or a GED equivalent at the very least. Some experience in an electrician capacity is imperative to possess if this is the work that you intend to take up. Additionally, it is important for electrical leadmen to be able to study and comprehend building blueprints, so that they can understand how to lay down electrical wiring.
Some of the main duties of a person working as an electrical leadman include:
Electrical Leadman Duties and Responsibilities
• Create and develop work plans according to the specific needs / requirements of each electrical project.
• Obtain manpower for electrical repair, maintenance and installation projects, ensuring that all logistics are covered properly.
• Establish, adjust, and maintain work sequences to meet electrical project schedules and timelines.
• Read and interpret specifications, contract document, and building plans to determine layouts.
• Oversee and monitor installation of electrical wires and components during construction, and test failing equipment using meters.
• Follow blueprints to ensure that wires and electrical outlets are properly run and placed.
• Oversee the work done by electrical tradesmen and ensure that they perform their duties according to set procedures and instructions.
• Ascertain that safety procedures are properly enforced, and that all workers work according to set safety protocols.
• Recommend equipment and supplies related to electrical maintenance activities, and prepare job estimates for maintenance needs.
• Perform visual inspections of work areas in a bid to determine maintenance requirements, and appropriate repair methods.
• Prepare and maintain reports and records related to electrical work activities, and ensure that expenditures are monitored on a regular basis.