If you live in your own flat or rented apartment, you might have to hire an electrician at some point in time. An electrician’s job is diverse today because appliances, gadgets, and even basic building needs rely on electricity, installations, and power. Without power, whether from renewable or fossils, life is not possible.
Thus, for all your basic needs and when there is an emergency outage, you think of an electrician’s help but, how to hire one in your locality? Where to go to? Luckily, if you are in a city like Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, then there are apps for every step of this problem. But you still have to learn about different types of electricians to figure out where to look and what to look for?
Below is a list of Commercial electrician businesses that form the main basis of this categorization.
1. Residential Electrician
Are the ones that dwell around every problem that you can face at home. Whether it is your single-room flat or 3BHK, or a bungalow, they all have the expertise you need. Because of this, you must call them for electric appliance installations; upgrade electrical equipment, indoor, outdoor lighting, etc. They undergo training, apprenticeship, and usually 4 years f work under supervision.
2. Commercial Electrician
Are the ones that can also do the above, but only work with contractors for larger projects that involve big money. So, they are not the ones to contact for changing your light bulb. They work in a commercial building, 100-story skyscrapers, big apartment complexes, and so on. These include mechanical electrical systems, heating systems, security systems and even laying commercial power lines, transformers in places. Their standards are even more stringent because they undergo formal education, training, years of work experience, and so on.
3. Journeymen Electrician
Are the ones that work with mechanical connections, lighting installations, power supplies, security systems, and even communications in both the above type of buildings, residential and commercial. Because of this, much work on construction sites, overhead power lines and some may choose to set up their own business. Usually, trainers will complete the apprenticeship program, and then clear a Journeyman’s Electrical Exam.
Now, there are the below list talks about the specific specializations and qualifications based on which you can categorize these electricians. While the above spoke about the different classes in broader terms, the below will be very specific. Because students and education experts reading this can get a good idea about the roles in the industry, we compile the list like so.
- Electrotechnical Panel Builder
- Electrical Machine Rewinder
- Highway Systems Electrician
- Aviation Electrician
- Automotive Electrician
- Marine Electrician
- Outside Lineman
- Powerhouse Substation Technician
- Telecommunications Line Installer/Repairer
- Electric Inspector
What they do and how they work?
While there are three types of certifications for an electrician, that is, Apprenticeship, Journeyman Electrician, and Primary Electrician, there are several different sectors where they might end up. The 11 types of sectors we list above are not comprehensive because there can be many more. It is an evolving field on a daily basis.
The 11 types are as follows.
- An electrotechnical panel builder focuses on constructing electric panels, the main switchboard. You can see them in HVAC systems, your flat’s power socket. These contain sockets, fuses, wires, programmable logic boards, control buses, and more. They can read electric circuit schematics and blueprints.
- An electric machine repairer and rewinder is someone who works on pumps, fans, motors, compressors, etc of appliances in our home. Because they focus on winding wires, coils, and stuff they are a pretty specific and niche sector.
- The highway systems electrician works on electronic road systems, to ensure that they run safely and without interruption. They repair and install traffic lights, for example. They also work on road lights, ITS, and more. Because of their nature of work, they usually need to work at 70 feet or even higher. Some even have training in operating heavy equipment like aerial cranes, trucks, and trenching equipment, zip lines, etc.
- The automotive electrician focuses primarily on automobiles. These can even include buses, trains, etc. They repair electrician lines inside cars, motorcycles, etc. They can repair your anti-theft systems, car brakes, air conditioning and heating, and stuff.
- The electricians who work in the aviation industry have the expertise and specialty in-flight operations. That is, from manufacturing electric panels, control circuits, the safety of aircraft, blueprints, etc. For example, you must call them to install, inspect, repair, test, and certify aircraft electrical systems.
- Marine electricians are assigned to work under the ocean, on ships, boats, and even submarines. Because these vehicles of the ocean work differently than others, their installation, circuitry, terms and jargons, etc apply. Those who train are able to read electrical layouts and debug electrical failures.
- Of course, a powerhouse and substation technician works in high-voltage AC power. They install relays, transformers, etc at different sites, and also repair and maintain them.
- That working for telecommunication lines and communications electrical works help manage internet outages, installing new telephone towers and so on. Because of this, they often need to work on underground cables as well as heights of 100s feet in the air.
- An outside lineman in this context works on powerlines that run across cities, residential and commercial buildings. The check for power lines, electrical power supply, and are responsible for proper working. Especially they help lay poles, large electrical towers and so on.
- An electric inspector is a safety technician who manages and checks for abiding safety regulations laid by the government. They are also employed by their companies to check the perfect installation of the company’s products. For example, proper installation of electrical systems at a new residential site.
Of course, varying degrees of expertise and skills make up different sectors of electrical works. And, if you are about to hire someone, you must know the basic differences, or at least about the types that you need in the future.