Are you thinking about becoming an electrician and wondering what a typical working day would look like? In this blog post, we look at the day-to-day life of an electrician and what jobs they tend to do!
But first: what exactly is an electrician?
An electrician is a qualified professional who specialises in a variety of electrical work, such as planning and installing wiring systems, testing and maintaining electrical equipment, and running power supplies to public events.
If you decide to become an electrician, you will have to choose between entering the field as a generalised electrician or working in a specialist niche. This choice will determine what the day-to-day functions of the job are; not all electricians tackle exactly the same tasks.
However, in most areas of this field, the general daily tasks remain the same.
What jobs do electricians do?
Throughout the majority of the working week, general electricians will have to conduct a set of common tasks required by businesses and homeowners. These often involve...
- Planning, writing and understanding diagrams and floor plans
- Repairing damaged wiring and equipment using a range of power and hand tools
- Diagnosing wiring issues, failing components, poor connections and overloaded circuits using specialised tools such as thermal imaging
- Testing electrical systems and circuits using devices such as oscilloscopes and voltmeters
- Assessing electrical systems, components and equipment to spot any potential hazards and defects
- Planning and installing electrical wiring and fixtures based on job specs and local codes
Working hours of an electrician
The majority of electricians work a standard eight-hour shift, five days a week and sometimes even on weekends. However, as an electrician, you should be prepared to work during off-hours too, dealing with the wiring and voltage issues that can occur at any hour of the day. This is common throughout the electrical industry, with many general electricians available for on-call emergency service.
The work you are assigned will very much depend on the terms of your employment. Whether you're an independent contractor or working for an established company, you will either set your own schedule of work or be assigned jobs to complete across a variety of different sites.
One thing's for sure, though: all electricians should be prepared to work for longer than planned. Once you begin working, you can quickly discover that the one job you were assigned to do is just a small part of a much bigger problem that will take more time to fix.
More on the jobs electricians do
As you can see from the information above, working as a successful electrician requires a wide range of specialised skills, as well as good reading comprehension and analysing in order to determine the best route to success for each individual job.
Because of the danger and complexity of electrical work, it is essential that you study and learn from qualified and experienced professionals.
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