Imagine that you woke up one day and realized that you don’t have power in your kitchen. The light fixtures and appliances don’t work. However, you do have power in all the other rooms.
• You are confused and you don’t know what could have happened, and you don’t know where to start. At times like these, your first response would be to call your local electrician.
• When you hire a local electrician, you must inquire about the years of his experience and the sample works that he has done before.
• An electrician works with the minutest details regarding the wiring, the cable network and the fuse connection works well to modify and strengthen the electrical network of your home.
Functions of an electrician:
• Electrical installation: This includes electrical fixtures such as lights, fans, heating equipment, electrical sockets and plug points etc. Electrical installation also involves installation of power systems, fire protection, security and data-networking systems and maintaining the fixtures and electrical lines in your home.
• Repair electrical power: Issues with electrical circuits that can result in short circuits and power outages are repaired by electricians.
• Electro-technical panel builders: Electricians involved in building and installation of control panels that operate electrical systems.
• Highway systems electrician: Installation and maintenance of street lighting and traffic management systems.
• Machine repair and rewind technician: Repair and maintenance of electrical motors and transformers.
Electricians can also be further classified into Inside Electricians and Residential Electricians.
1. Inside Electricians:
Inside electricians work on maintaining and repairs large motors, control systems and other equipment in commercial buildings such as factories and businesses. They are also involved in scheduled maintenance. Scheduled maintenance is to prevent failure of electrical systems.
2. Residential Electricians:
They are involved in installing wiring and troubleshooting electrical problems in people’s homes. For example, the power outage in the kitchen that we discussed earlier on in this article is the job for a residential electrician. Residential electricians also provide electrical connection from new homes. Residential technicians are also involved in maintenance and remodeling.
How does an electrician work on a building project?
When an architect creates a blueprint to construct a building, an electrician will be involved in creating a blueprint for the electrical wiring.
• An electrician’s role is pivotal in all kind of buildings that include homes, offices, shops, malls, sports stadiums etc. An electrician can work solo or part of a larger team of electricians. An electrician can also work alongside members from different teams. For example, architects.
• As an electrician you can also choose to work on a contractual basis. Depending on the type of role, an electrician will have to work in cramped spaces to reach remotely placed electrical cabling and equipment.
• There are many courses available today to qualify as an electrician. Depending on the country you reside in, you can study or work as an apprentice to gain experience as a technician. For example, in the U.K., an aspirant will have to obtain an industry recognized level 3 qualification. Similarly, in the U.S., an aspirant will need to join an electrician apprenticeship program sponsored by the Independent Electrical Contractors (IEC), International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), or National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA).
Electricians are integral to every standing man-made structure in the world. Whether it is the connection of a light bulb or the installation of a control panel, electricians work to connect homes and commercial buildings. Without their help, we will not have power in our homes.
So it is mandatory that when you hire professional electrician from a reputed agency, it is better to know about his professionalism and take precautions that he can work well in any emergency in your home or in your office.