From the moment we wake up to the time we go to sleep, we use electricity in several ways with our daily activities. However, we only realize the importance of electricity whenever the power goes out especially for a long period and in times you lose electricity but your neighbors still have theirs. This is when electricians enter the picture. They could install, maintain, and repair electrical wiring, equipment, and fixtures, as well as ensure that their work is in accordance with the National Electric Code. Some electricians could install or service streetlights, intercom systems, or electrical control systems.
As almost every building function through an electrical supply, electricians are responsible for the installation of lighting, communications and control systems during construction and its maintenance afterwards. These systems make it possible for the lights, appliances and equipment to work and make the people’s jobs easier under a more comfortable setting. In addition, equipment and system maintenance could include troubleshooting and repair or replacement of parts, control systems, light fixtures, motors and other types of electrical equipment through a wide variety of hand and power tools, such as conduit benders to run and protect wiring as well as screwdrivers, wire strippers, drills, and saws. Electricians could also use ammeters, cable testers, thermal scanners, and voltmeters to troubleshoot problems and ensure that components are working properly.
Why Become an Electrician
Most electricians learn through four-year or five-year apprenticeship programs, but others start out after attending a technical school that offer courses related to basic electrical information, circuitry, and safety practices. Entry-level electricians must obtain a license depending on the state they want to work at. The requirements and test vary by state though the questions are usually according to the National Electrical Code, state electrical codes, and local electrical codes. Electricians in factories tend to have the most stable employment.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) estimates a projected growth of twenty percent for the employment of electricians from 2012 to 2022, which is faster than the average for all occupations. Overall growth of the construction industry and the maintenance of existing equipment in manufacturing plants will boost more job opportunities for licensed electricians. For the coming decade, emerging alternative power generation, such as wind and solar, would most likely drive the job prospects for electricians to link or install the sources to both residential and commercial buildings. Salary reports indicate that the mean annual wage for the employed electricians would be roughly $54,520 as of May 2014.
Electrician Work Environment
Electricians usually operate indoors and outdoors, in residential buildings, commercial businesses, factories, and construction sites that expose them to higher rate of injuries such as muscle tiredness from constant standing and kneeling. Workers should wear protective clothing and safety glasses to reduce the risks of common injuries that include burns, electrical shocks, and falls. Almost all electricians work full time, which may include evenings and weekends. Work schedules outdoor may vary due to weather, and overtime could be common on construction sites to meet deadlines and during scheduled maintenance.