It’s not until something fails and we need an electrician that we realize just how much we rely on electricity. In our day-to-day lives, we need and extensively use electricity.
While we want electricians to provide a range of electrical services that enhance our lives, few of us understand the role of an electrician and the context of their work.
Here we provide ten facts about electricians… some of them might surprise you!
MASTER ELECTRICIANS TRAIN ALMOST AS LONG AS DOCTORS
In the highly hazardous field of electrical work, there is no room for error. Master Electricians have been training through classroom work and hands-on experience for many years. After completing an apprenticeship and becoming a licensed electrician, they need to work in the field for 3 years before they can apply to be a Master Electrician. Their credentials are thoroughly checked.
Electricians, just like doctors, need to be highly trained to diagnose electrical problems and find the correct solutions for them.
ELECTRICIANS MUST BE ABLE TO PASS A COLOR TEST
Not many people know this, but to work in the electrical profession, color vision is essential. Often the only way to tell the difference between multiple types of wiring is to use a color-coded system. Without color vision, a person working with electrical wiring could make a fatal mistake.
THERE ARE SEVERAL AREAS OF SPECIALITY
Preservation of electrical systems for homes and organizations is a key role of an electrician. Most electricians are specialists in electrical engineering or maintenance. A growing number of professionals provide both functions. Electricians could also specialize in residential, commercial, industrial or outdoor power lines, but again, many electricians are able to work in more than one of these areas.
MANY CELEBRITIES WERE ONCE ELECTRICIANS
Lots of electricians possess multiple talents, and some of them went on to very different careers. Elvis Presley began training to be an electrician, and famously said “I suppose I got rewired the wrong way round somewhere along the line.” Rowan Atkinson, now famous for being Mr Bean, has a Masters degree in Electrical Engineering. Alfred Hitchcock also studied engineering from the young age of 15. George Harrison from The Beatles was also an apprentice electrician, although he wasn’t very good at it, and claimed “I kept blowing things up, so I got dumped.”
ELECTRICIANS ARE ALSO SAFETY PROFESSIONALS
Part of the work of the electrician is to carry out safety checks. Electrical hazards are very real. There are many safety regulations in place which electricians need to be well versed in. As electricians, it’s imperative that they follow the correct and appropriate building codes.
PROBLEM SOLVING IS PART OF THE JOB
A large part of an electrician’s job is identifying, diagnosing and evaluating defects and problems. The cause of the problem may not be readily apparent and this is why electricians use so many diagnostic tools. Not only does the electrician have to be good at math, they have to know how to read blueprints and technical schematics.
ELECTRICIANS PERFORM A WIDE RANGE OF FUNCTIONS
The range of functions performed by electricians is many and varied. The wiring of new homes and buildings is commonly done by electricians as is the wiring (or re-wiring) of older homes. Upkeep around homes and businesses through the inspection of electrical programs and fixing of issues is crucial work of electrical engineers. Testing, mounting and retaining electrical techniques for a range of purposes (including climate control, devices and security) are also components of the work of an electrician.
ELECTRICIANS REQUIRE A BROAD RANGE OF SKILLS
While electricians require an extensive range of skills and proficiencies, they need to be particularly good at:
- examining and interpreting blueprints
- planning and carrying out projects
- using tools
- logical thinking
- working with their hands, with excellent hand eye coordination
- customer service
Electricians also need to be good at managing stress, as they are often working in strenuous situations. They must be able to carry out their job in a range of (sometimes unpleasant) conditions.
ELECTRICIANS NEED APPROPRIATE CLOTHING AND TOOLS
The instruments used by electricians to carry out their work commonly include: screwdrivers, wire blades, knives, pliers and chop saws. Electrical power and test tools are also used quite often.
In light of the dangerous and specialized work they perform, it is important that electricians wear the correct safety garments while working. Clothing should be fitted enough so that it doesn’t get caught up in anything. Electricians also need to wear garments that are suitable for different weather conditions. Of critical concern, they need to wear robust boots or shoes that will protect the individual’s feet and help them to avoid slipping or falling.
MORE JOBS WILL BE AVAILABLE TO ELECTRICIANS
In the coming years many more jobs will be made available for electricians because this occupation is critical to the construction of homes and properties. With our increasing dependence on digital technology, our reliance on electricity and electrical appliances is only growing.
ELECTRICIANS: THEY REALLY KNOW WATT’S WATT
Electricians perform specialized work and require particular skills, expertise and tools. As long as we are so dependent on electricity, there will be an ongoing need for skilled and competent electricians.
For information on what it takes to become an electrician or if you need to hire a Master Electrician, contact us today. We can’t promise they’ll be the next Elvis Presley, but who knows, you just might get to meet a star in the making!