Whether you’re just starting out on your career, or are looking to quit your current job and retrain, you'll be pleased to know that there are plenty of different types of electrician! Let's take a look...
The most common electrician types include:
- Domestic electricians
- Commercial electricians
- Industrial electricians
- Marine electricians
A domestic electrician is essentially your common or garden electrician. This is no slur; domestic electricians require just as many specialist skills and, if anything, require a more extensive and general knowledge of electrical work to deal with all the potential electrical issues which crop up in a home environment. Potential projects may include:
• Rewiring existing electrical systems
• Testing alarms systems
• Installing new appliances
• Repairing and maintaining electrical equipment
Many people who begin electrician courses start with the vague idea of becoming a domestic electrician. Although a domestic electrician is a well-paid, flexible and satisfying job, there are other options you may not have considered too…
Commercial electricians specialise in dealing with electrical issues which occur in large, public buildings like shopping centres, offices, hospitals and schools. The scale of these buildings will mean commercial electricians have to deal with larger, more extensive projects. This may involve working as part of a team. In terms of the actual work, it tends to be similar to the work required of domestic electricians, but on a far larger scale.
If you choose to become an industrial electrician, you will be dealing with more specialist knowledge and skills. You will need increasingly specialist electrician courses to become qualified for this role as you need to be familiar with electrical equipment and mechanical equipment which uses electric controls. You will generally be working as the electrician for just one firm, or on a contractual basis for an electrical contractors group.
Marine electricians handle a very specific area of electrician work. They deal with all electrical work on board sea-faring vessels, this work can occur on the water or at dockyards. Specialist electrician courses will be needed if you want to get into marine electrician work. Key employers of marine electricians include the military, shipbuilders and government agencies.
As you can see, there are so many different paths electrician courses can lead you down. Electrician courses are a great place to start for anyone with a practical bent and excellent problem solving skills.
If you are interested in taking electrician courses which will equip you for any of these careers, Access Training can help. We offer a wide range of electrician courses which are flexible and available across the UK.
To learn more about how to become qualified on electrician courses, talk to the Access team who will be able to help! Call 0800 345 7492 for more information.