Craft trades which have grown historically and are steeped in tradition are by no means immune from the march of digitalisation. Substantial changes have taken place in occupational practice since the last update of the electrical engineering craft trades. In 2019, the social partners took this as an opportunity to instigate a modernisation process. This article starts by presenting the shift occurring in the occupational group on the basis of perspectives which have been discussed with the relevant experts. Against this background, the second half of the article showcases the most important changes made in the updated occupations.