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Occupational licensure laws for people working as electricians are very broad, onerous, and sometimes convoluted. There are many exemptions to the licensure laws which mean people have to have different types or levels of licensure depending in some cases on their employment status as an employee of a company or a contractor. Within the electrical profession there are a variety of subcategories of electrical licensure.
HB 1698 would create a new subcategory of occupational licensure called "journeyman industrial electrician" which would allow a person to get a more narrowly tailored license than a full "journeyman electrician". A person "who engages in electrical work exclusively at a business that operates a chemical plant, petrochemical plant, refinery, natural gas plant, natural gas treating plant, pipeline, or oil and gas exploration and production operation" would be eligible to become a journeyman industrial electrician. The testing for this license would be more narrowly tailored than that of a full journeyman electrician, and if the journeyman industrial electrician wanted to work elsewhere at the journeyman level he or she would have to take the full journeyman electrician exam.
The requirements to obtain a journeyman industrial electrician license would be similar to the requirements for other subcategories of electrician.