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What does an electrician do?

Electricity is a taken-for-granted commodity. But when the power goes out, we often don’t have the skills or the know-how to put things right. It’s inconceivable to be without the Internet for an extended period of time!

So, we need to be able to rely on qualified electricians to provide solutions. Exactly what does an electrician do? Find out more here…

Education and Training

Apprenticeship programmes offer qualifications in both maintenance and construction work. They usually last about four years. And include classroom instruction and on-the-job training.

Applicants need to be 16 years old and work towards three separate qualifications. The City & Guilds (2330) Certificate in Electrotechnical Technology levels 2 and 3. And NVQ level 3 in Electrotechnical Services. Candidates need to have achieved GCSE’s in Maths, English, and Science.

Theory covers blueprint reading, maths, safety and first aid practices, and electrical code requirements. Working under the supervision of experienced electricians, apprentices learn to set anchors and attach conduits, followed by installing, connecting, and testing wiring and outlets for entire systems.

During an electrician’s career extra classes may need to be taken if any changes are made to the National Electrical Code. Regular courses will be completed on safety programmes, additional management training, and specific training on subjects such as low voltage voice and data systems. And solar and wind energy classifications.

There are new regulations to ensure that electricians have all the skills to carry out electrical work safely. And certificates will be awarded to those with the relevant training and experience.

Job Purpose

An electrician job description denotes that a working knowledge of electrical systems is used to conduct fault-finding, maintenance, and diagnostics on existing systems. New electrical systems including heating and lighting can be installed. Safety guidelines will be upheld. And all industry codes and regulations will be complied with.

Fundamentally, electricians install and maintain electrical power in our homes, businesses, and factories.

Job Duties

Electricians can work alone to diagnose faults and concerns within electrical systems. And must:

  • Provide outstanding customer service
  • Offer professional advice and assessments
  • Possess working knowledge of Building Management and lighting systems
  • Hold a current inspection and testing certificate
  • Demonstrate familiarity with NICEIC requirements
  • Have the ability to read blueprints that show the location of circuits and power outlets

Sometimes electricians may work with building engineers and architects for example to help design electrical systems for new builds. And consult with other construction specialists to help install and maintain electrical and power systems.

Within large companies, electricians will work as crew members. And experienced electricians will instruct apprentices and additional helpers in the completion of allocated jobs.

Job Variety

Residential electricians troubleshoot electrical issues in domestic homes. And can work in new-home construction where power outlets need to be installed. Electricians who work in maintenance and remodelling normally repair or replace faulty equipment, such as circuit breakers.

Inside electricians use knowledge of electrical classifications to maintain and repair large motors, control systems, and other electrical equipment in factories and businesses. New-builds also require electricians to install wiring, perform scheduled maintenance, and ensure efficient and safe operations.

Exterior job site or construction electricians often have to work in confined and dangerous spaces. And may need to wear protective clothing. Working on different sites may involve a degree of local or long distance travelling. During scheduled maintenance overtime will often be required if the weather is inclement.

Every Day Tasks

All homes and businesses require electrical installations. And qualified electricians are always needed to install the necessary components. What does an electrician do on a daily basis? Projects can include:

  • Installing electrical power to homes, businesses, and factories
  • Maintaining communications and lighting
  • Connecting industrial and commercial circuit boards
  • Fitting control systems
  • Appointing electrics in a new home
  • Rewiring equipment or fixtures
  • Inspecting electrical components for safety
  • Troubleshooting and identifying electrical issues
  • Repairing and maintaining large motors
  • Conducting routine maintenance and testing on installations such as fire alarms and security systems

Working Alongside Professionals

Emergency electricians are often needed. And trusted 24-hour electrical services provide that immediate care. If you’re registered with the National Inspection Council for Electrical Installation Contracting and dedicated to carrying out all jobs to conform to the highest British Standards for Electrical Installations, this is another career option to be explored.