Introducing – The 4 Types of Electricians

If you own a commercial establishment or a residential structure, you have no escape from the need for electricity. Even remote agricultural areas need electrical solutions nowadays. This is just proof that everyone in this age may require the skills of skilled or qualified electricians at some point in their lives. There are four types of electricians that work to make electricity run in homes, commercial establishments and industrial facilities  today. To be able to determine which type is appropriate for your specific need, you should identify them and their level of expertise.

 

Residential Electricians

 

Residential electricians are responsible for installing, maintaining and upgrading electrical equipment in houses and apartments. The installation of outdoor lighting for landscape is also a part of their scope of works.

 

To become a residential electrician, a person needs formal classroom training with an apprenticeship period that usually lasts for at least four years. Apprentices are supervised by full-fledged electricians and they can only become regular electricians after passing a series of tests given by the state.

 

Commercial Electricians

 

Commercial electricians are the one you see working in construction sites, commercial buildings or mechanical electrical systems. The job of a commercial electrician includes installation work of electrical machines and security systems. They are also qualified to perform system upgrades as well as troubleshooting to detect, isolate and repair electrical problems. A commercial electrician is also required to undergo classroom training. As an apprentice, he works under the supervision of a master electrician. Anyone who wants to become a commercial electrician must be prepared to go through a rigid training because his job involves public safety.

 

Journeymen Electricians

 

The work of a journeyman electrician highly involves lighting installations, mechanical connections, power supplies, communication and security systems. They are qualified to perform electrical work in both residential and commercial structures as well as overhead lines.

 

A good number of journeymen electricians are employed by construction companies, although some of them work in manufacturing plants and utility companies. A commercial electrical company may also hire a journeyman to maintain its power lines. Like all types of electricians, any aspiring journeyman has to go through years of formal classroom instruction and apprenticeship training. Upon completion of these prerequisites, he should pass the Journeyman Electrical Examination to qualify for a certification. Once certified, a journeyman is qualified to work on any type of electrical system without supervision. He is also authorized to train apprentices that want to become journeymen like him.

 

Master Electricians

 

These are experienced, highly skilled electricians. They are usually the supervisors or owners of contracting companies that specialize in electrical projects. This position requires seven years as an electrician or a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering.

 

A master electrician is not only skilled and experienced in installation, maintenance and repair of various electrical systems. He should also be equipped with managerial or supervisory skills. He occupies the top spot in the hierarchy ladder of electricians.

 

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