An electrician is needed in almost every business, including the commercial and residential sectors. Electricians can work for themselves or they can work for many different types of companies such as hospitals, handyman businesses, railroads and many major corporations. Electricians work in various environments: some hot, cold, indoor, and outdoor. They must be flexible in the type of environment they are willing to work in. Electricians can have set hours if they are working for a business or corporation but most electricians do not have a set schedule and many respond to after-hour emergency calls too. Also with an aging population and many seniors who want to remain in their homes have a need to re-wire their old homes; electricians sometimes have to go and visit such places.
Electricians usually bid on major contractor jobs and if an electrician can secure a contract, then their working hours and days may increase. Electricians can have really busy days or slow days. It all depends on whether they are self-employed or working for someone else. It is predicted that the need for electricians will increase significantly by 2018. Most electricians work alone, and if you are someone who enjoys working alone, then the electrician’s job is suitable for you. Electricians are always in demand during construction of new homes and businesses and for the maintenance of older homes and businesses.
- Assist in performing and interpreting power calculations, power factor, insulation tests and positive relay tests as required.
- Perform daily inspections and maintenance on electrical equipment.
- Maintain, troubleshoot and repair all power generation and distribution equipment.
- Study and understand electrical schematics.
In many states, an electrician needs to be licensed by his or her state board agency. They usually attend a trade school and must pass an examination. Also, there are a lot of electricians that do apprenticeships.