You may not imagine living life without electricity. But, as we know, things disrupt the flow of electricity. In the not too distant past, electrical outlets and light bulbs did not exist. Today, “the world ends” when the power fails. Our televisions, computers, lights, etc. depend on electricity.
Electricians are the ones who keep us going, but what do electricians do? Sure, you remember electricians when your power goes off, but what do electricians do between crises? There are many tasks that an electrician does daily. Tasks that are not glamorous, but are necessary tasks. In 2012, 61 percent of electricians worked for electrical contractors. The remaining 39 percent concentrated on wiring installation. The average salary for an electrician is $56,000. There is a variety of work that an electrician can do.
Electricians are used by airports, communication companies, construction companies, and trucking companies. They diagnose systems that are not functioning properly and use hand and power tools to repair them. They install and repair wiring, fixtures, and equipment using specialized testing tools and procedures. Electricians inspect ongoing or completed construction jobs to make sure the jobs follow relevant codes.
A major responsibility of an electrician is connecting wires to transformers and/or other places where there is live, potentially dangerous electricity. Electricians plan electrical wiring for equipment and fixtures based on demand, including job specifications and/or local codes. Electricians can test the continuity of electrical systems and their wiring. Voltmeters, oscilloscopes, and ohmmeters are tools the electrician uses to ensure safety.
A typical day for an electrician can include testing electrical equipment, installing electrical components, repairing electrical equipment, and installing these systems and components. Two-thirds of electricians say they talk on the phone every day about their job, while only one-fourth of them say they have to use email every day. Half of the electricians surveyed claimed that working as a team is important. Six out of 10 say they have to meet daily deadlines while half of the electricians surveyed say they have to make decisions every day in their job.
In addition, electricians can work hard physically. They may dig ditches for conduit and/or move or lift heavy objects. However, the outlook for electricians is continued job growth. Electricians, especially unionized ones, usually have 40-hour workweeks. So now you know what electricians do. Contact your nearest IEC training center to get started in the electrical field!