What does a Electrical Control Machine Builder (617A) do?

Electrical Control Machine Builders prepare and organize the layout of wiring from electrical schematics. They are primarily involved in the electrical portion of machine tool building, installing electrical devices and enclosing them in protective tubing. They frequently work alongside machinists and toolmakers.

Job Related Skills, Interests and Values

  • Preparing and organizing wiring layout from electrical schematics; involvement in the electrical portion of machine tool building
  • Fabricating and installing brackets, hangers, and other equipment to support electrical devices
  • Installing electrical devices including control panels, limit switches, solenoids, push buttons, and pilot light stations
  • Installing various types of electrical conductor enclosures, as well as electrical conductors
  • Identifying installed electrical devices with appropriate I/O (input/output) device identification

What Preparation and Training Do You Need?

  • Grade 12/age 16 legal minimum; secondary school diploma often required, with credits in math, English, and tech
  • While not mandatory, completion of a 5,700-hour apprenticeship, including on-the-job and in-school training, is advised

What's Your Future as a Electrical Control Machine Builder (617A)?

  • Shift work, often with benefits and overtime; mostly indoor in industrial settings
  • Often requires lengthy periods of standing; attention to safety is a priority
  • Employers include manufacturing companies and electrical construction firms

Wage Rate

Apprentice wage increases with skill and experience. Fully qualified workers earn an average of up to $25.00 per hour, plus overtime.

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