Electricians are skilled tradesmen with a wide range of responsibilities pertaining to electrical wiring systems. They can design, install, maintain and repair electrical wiring systems and products in machines, equipment, domestic homes, commercial establishments and factories or industrial structures. They can work inside or outside a home and building to make sure items that are essential to everyday life such as household lights, televisions, kitchen equipment, household appliances or restaurant equipment are up and working as they should be.
Aside from making sure that equipment, appliances and electrical wirings are reliably working and operating safely, there are certain types of electricians that specialise in a certain field of expertise. Residential electricians are experts in solving various electrical problems and installing wirings in homes while inside electricians are experts in maintaining and repairing motors, control systems, and electrical machines or equipment in business establishments and factories.
What are the different types of electricians?
Now that you are familiar with the basic responsibilities of electricians, let us go ahead and find out more about them. The two main categories of practising electrical professionals are inside wiremen and outside wiremen. In each category, there are numerous areas of specialisation as we have mentioned earlier.
Electricians who belong under the inside wiremen category aim their attention to wiring of houses or commercial structural dwellings. Most of their time is spent working indoors. They are in charge of creating electrical blueprints, installing new electrical systems or maintaining existing ones, and bringing into order electrical problems or replacing outdated systems.
Outside linemen, on the other hand, spend their time mostly outdoors. They must be prepared to embrace weather changes while working because sometimes, they are needed to repair electrical lines in areas that are affected by power outages, especially areas with homes, businesses and power generating infrastructures. In some instances, they might be obliged to put together electrical substations.
The two main categories are further subdivided into several specialities. Construction electricians aim their attention in establishing wiring for new structures and hardly ever performing maintenance work. Service electricians, on the other hand, concentrate on putting into order wiring problems and doing repairs. Some electricians concentrate on air, hospital, marine and research-specific operations.
What are the responsibilities of an electrician?
Their main responsibility is appropriating ways to distribute electricity from the source to places where home and business owners can readily use it. The specific responsibilities connected to this job varies on the area of specialisation but it may include any of the following:
- Planning electrical wirings for new structures, including the best locations for heating outlets, light fixtures, electrical outlets and ventilation systems
- Reading and making sense of circuit diagrams, technical documents and architect blueprints
- Establishing control systems, lighting and wiring in new and existing homes or business structures in accordance with local government codes.
- Assembling electrical circuits by joining electrical wires to fixtures or components and examining completed circuits
- Establishing electrical control or distribution equipment, circuit breaker, relays and switches
- Establishing brackets and hangers to reinforce electrical commodities
- Carrying out maintenance operations to keep control systems, lighting and wiring systems in good working condition
- Examining circuit breakers, electrical components and transformers for any kind of damage
- Utilising testing devices to uncover why electrical systems or products are not working properly
- Replacing, troubleshooting, and upgrading defective or outdated electrical fixtures, appliances, devices, equipment or wiring
- Instructing and guiding other technicians to perform certain duties, responsibilities or tasks
What is the work environment of an electrician like?
Working as an electrician is unlike any other profession with offices or cubicles. Some electricians work inside buildings that are under renovation or construction while others work outside establishing power systems or telecommunications. Some work in cramped spaces or large open areas.
Every so often, these work environments involve the installation, maintenance or repair of live electrical wires and this can be very dangerous if safety measures and protocols are not followed or practised. Sometimes, they are required to work on projects independently or work on projects as part of a large construction firm.
Sometimes, their projects are located in remote areas and they might need to work on it for a single day or months on end before moving on to the next project. Most of the time, their project locations are far from their home so it is not surprising that some of them may have to travel many miles to complete any task.
The opportunities for electricians are available at any time of the year. Their working hours highly depends on their company position or role. Just like regular office workers, maintenance electricians are also required to complete a 40-hour workweek, work on weekdays and expected to take time off during weekends, bank holidays and evening shifts. Others are required to stay on-call or asked to add extra hours to attend and manage any urgent problems.
Independent electricians and junior electricians, on the other hand, usually do not have regular working hours. Their work schedules are flexible because they might be needed to work many hours on a busy week or work for just a few hours on a quiet work week. This is the advantage of working as an independent electrical contractor.
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