Remove and replace electrical components from equipment and systems in engineering construction

Business Sectors (Suites): Maintaining Plant and Systems - Electrical
Developed by: ECITB
Approved on: 01 Sept 2020


This standard is about the removing and replacing electrical components from equipment and systems in engineering construction. 

You will need to be able to remove electrical components using approved tools and techniques, check the condition of them and record those that need replacing.  You will need to be able to replace the components in the correct sequence making any necessary adjustments to ensure they function correctly.  The removal and replacement of electrical components must be done safely and effectively and to requirements whilst adhering to health, safety and environmental legislation, regulations and safe working practices and relevant procedures.
In the context of this standard, your responsibility is to interpret and work within given specifications, selecting methods and techniques to achieve the best possible result.  In some cases, you may still be expected to refer to others for final authorisation, even though you remain responsible for identifying and implementing decisions. 

Who this standard is for
This standard is for electrical maintenance technicians and those that maintain electrical plant and equipment.

Performance criteria

You must be able to:

1. work safely at all times, complying with health, safety, environmental and other relevant legislation, regulations, guidelines and local rules or procedures 2. ensure that the **work environment**, materials, tools and equipment are suitably prepared for the work activities to be undertaken including undertaking isolations and disconnections safely and correctly  3. establish what is being removed and, where appropriate, mark component orientation and note configuration for reassembly 4. remove the required electrical components using the correct tools and techniques 5. take appropriate precautions to prevent damage to components, tools and equipment during removal, storage and replacement 6. check the condition of the removed electrical components against specification and identify any defects including wear, fatigue or corrosion 7. record which electrical components need replacing, according to required procedures 8. label and store or discard the removed electrical components in accordance with approved procedures 9. obtain the electrical components for replacement 10. ensure the replacement electrical components to be used meet the required specification 11. replace the electrical components using appropriate tools and techniques, in the correct sequence 12. set the electrical components up and make any necessary adjustments to ensure they function correctly  13. **reinstate the work area** 14. deal promptly and effectively with problems within your control and report those that have been and those that cannot be solved

Knowledge and Understanding

You need to know and understand:

1. relevant legislative, regulatory and local requirements or procedures and safe working practices including your responsibilities with regard to reporting lines and procedures 2. preparation and reinstatement requirements in respect of: * the work area, materials, tools and equipment * isolations and disconnections * the possible consequences of incorrect actions in these areas 3. relevant engineering drawings and related specifications  4. electrical component removal methods and techniques including marking, labelling and tagging  5. electrical component defects including wear, fatigue and corrosion: * what defects to check for * how to check for them * what to do if found  6. procedures for labelling and storing electrical components for reuse 7. electrical component replacement techniques including how to use related equipment and how to obtain the replacement components  8. reporting documentation and control procedures 9. tool and equipment control:  the correct use of relevant tools and equipment and your individual responsibility for the use, care and security of those you use 


Work environment
This could include:

  • engineering construction sites
  • controlled operations
  • offshore installations
  • maintenance sites
  • nuclear sites
  • repair sites

Work environments may be open or restricted spaces:  

  • at height 
  • confined spaces
  • control rooms
  • controlled operational and offshore installations
  • designated work areas
  • explosive atmospheres
  • existing plants and structures
  • fabrication workshops 
  • in plant rooms
  • inside structures, system and plant
  • on access structures (scaffold)
  • on open structures
  • onshore and offshore installations

  • shafts

  • shipyards
  • tunnels

Reinstate the work area
This term could include:

  • returning the work area to a safe condition
  • removing barriers
  • sweeping up
  • correctly disposing of waste materials
  • storing re-usable materials, consumables and equipment in accordance with appropriate procedures
  • completing  all necessary documentation

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Indicative Review Date

01 Sept 2024





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Relevant Occupations

Electrical Maintenance Technician

SOC Code



electrical; component removal; engineering; construction; engineering construction; remove; replace; removal; electrical repair; electrical components; plant, equipment and systems; electrical maintenance