It typically can take 5 or more years to achieve the credentials for a journeyman electrician, and in states where there is no formal licensing process, the individual must have the hands on skills and electrical knowledge that would be required of a licensed journeyman. A licensed journeyman can work himself, without direct supervision, installing wiring, outlets and fixtures. A journeyman electrician cannot pull permits. They must work under those issued to a master. A journeyman follows a master’s plans and directions, although a journeyman’s duties can vary from employer to employer.