This is a collaborative post
Assuming the role of a commercial electrician is not the easiest thing in society. While productive, it requires a level of tactfulness and expertise while executing the job. Before you decide to embark on the career path of being a commercial electrician, you have to be sure that it is right for you.
On the other hand, records show that the occupation is rising in demand. Statistically, construction offers the highest salaries for Commercial Electricians. There are other kinds of electricians namely; maintenance, automotive, industrial, construction, marine, residential, installation, lineman, solar installer etc but becoming a commercial electrician is specific. How? Let’s dive into it.
The definition of a Commercial Electrician
A Commercial electrician has the training that mainly deals with electrical systems that are situated in a building. Their main focus is working on buildings that are commercial, rather than residential, big or small. However, most commercial jobs involve bigger tasks and are much more complicated to deal with. This displays the versatility of an electrician.
Some of the electrical tasks a Commercial Electrician performs are:-
- Replacing and rewiring insufficient circuits
- Performing maintenance on the electrical wiring of the building.
- Performing installations.
They are trained to work in an area that is most likely heated and stressful. Additionally, they are also trained to work in small and large spaces, with the intent of rectifying faulty electrical circuits.
Main duties of a Commercial Electrician
While performing their job duties, Commercial Electrician uses their hands and power tools, like wire cutters, screwdrivers, saws, and ladders while repairing hard-to-reach areas. Additionally, they have to use various kinds of instruments to measure and analyze currents and voltages to avoid any accidents. These instruments are namely; ammeters, ohmmeters, oscilloscopes, and voltmeters.
Furthermore, they have to wear safety glasses as well as protective gear. This helps in minimizing electric shocks, burns, falls, or any kinds of job hazards that commonly occur while working as an electrician.
Working in confined spaces is also something a Commercial Electrician goes through. There is continuous kneeling and standing. Lifting heavy loads is also part of the job. While the job is usually performed during regular hours, they can be called upon at odd hours of the night to fix electrical issues in a building. Moreover, there may be construction contracts that require working weekends and extended hours every day.
Their main duties are:-
- General maintenance of all-electric wiring and systems in a building.
- Putting on covers for circuits and wiring systems.
- Positioning, installing electrical units and equipment.
- Inspecting all electrical systems to ensure that they are functioning according to codes.
- Being the leader for a team while executing a large contract. (Project management).
- Reading, analyzing technical documents and blueprints.
- Planning and organizing installations for construction.
- Following guidelines stipulated by the authorizing committee or by State.
- Taking an apprentice under their wing and training them.
Licensing and Training
There has to be a level of work experience to go through an apprentice program. You have to attend classes; mainly a technical college or you can decide to attend an electrician school.
To qualify, you must have a high school diploma or a GED equivalent. Being in an Apprentice program takes about 5 years and you must have 144 hours of classroom attendance and work for at least 2.000 hours in the apprentice program.
While in class, you are taught all the essentials of knowing how to read a blueprint, first aid procedures, the regulations of the electrical trade, among many other skill sets. Safety regulations are emphasized and standard procedures are exercised during the training period.
To be a Commercial Electrician, you must acquire a license, but this depends on what state you live in.
Why you should hire a Commercial Electrician
- Insured and Licensed- They are insured and have licenses to prove that they are qualified for the job. If the work turns out to be unsatisfactory, the insurance can cover the costs for a do-over. You don’t have to pay from your pocket.
- Safety standards- They are trained to follow and adhere to safety protocols. They also have the expertise in maintaining building codes and regulations.
- Worth the money/cost- They offer professional work which will save you money long term.
- They save time- They are equipped with tools and gadgets that troubleshoot issues quickly and ensure a permanent solution for your electrical setup.
- Incomparable experience- A licensed electrician is extensively trained, thus displaying an array of competent skills in their work. You are assured that they will do a good job and won’t have to worry about your electric wiring again.
- Dual expertise in both residential and commercial- Even though they specialize in working for a big building setup, the skill set remains the same. If you have a residence that needs their electrical work, it will not matter if their common contracts are commercial. They are still an electrician.
A Commercial Electrician makes an average annual salary of approximately 42, 069 dollars. The median, according to BLS, reports an annual salary of 56,900 dollars. The average salary amounts to 23.15 an hour.
Prospects of the Commercial Electrician
Commercial Electrician jobs hold a bright future. Most work for the private sector and have contracts with all kinds of businesses. The gruesome hours and tedious weekend shifts all prove to be worth it. Working in confined spaces and bad conditions does pay off in the long run. Salaries are reasonable and the average Commercial Electrician makes enough money to live a decent lifestyle.
Interestingly enough, with the demand for electricians everywhere, the prospectus of the career is progressively becoming of high value. Generally, predictions are that the growth rate is 9%, in a 10-year time frame. Innovations are evolving in technology other energy sources that will need the skill set and expertise of electricians. Wind systems and solar systems as alternative sources of energy are growing in popularity. Thus, there will be plenty of work for electricians in general.