Timothy Thiele

Timothy Thiele is an IBEW Local #176 Union Electrician who advises residential DIY'ers on how to make home installation projects safe and easy. He has worked for various contractors as a worker and a foreman. 


  • IBEW Local #176 Union Electrician
  • Has 30+ years experience in residential, commercial, and industrial wiring
  • Contributed electrical projects content to The Spruce for 8 years


Timothy Thiele wrote about electrical projects for The Spruce for about eight years, building on his experience as an IBEW Local #176 Union Electrician. In 1986, he joined the union and entered a four-year apprentice school. After completing four years of schooling and on-the-job training, Tim achieved journeyman wireman status. He has experience with residential, commercial and industrial wiring over the course of his 30-plus year career.

Tim started out wiring new homes in order to learn the basics of the simple circuits and then moved into the commercial and industrial wiring segments. Through training and hands-on experience, Tim has learned to analyze circuit problems, repair electrical problems and complete new installations.


Timothy received his Associate's Degree in Electronics at Kankakee Community College, and completed a four-year apprenticeship with IBEW Local #176 in Joliet, Illinois. 

Expertise: Residential, commercial, and industrial wiring
Education: Kankakee Community College
Title: Union Electrician

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