What are the typical duties of an electrician? Their duties normally include the following:
- Read blueprints and other technical diagrams before starting their work
- Install and maintain different lighting systems and wirings
- Inspect and ensure that electrical components like circuit breakers and transformers are functional
- Identify electrical problems by doing various testing
- Repair and replace equipments, wirings and fixtures with the use of power tools or hand tools
- Follow local and state building regulations per the National Electric code
- Direct and train employees in installing, maintaining and repairing equipments or wirings
Electricians also read blueprints. The blueprints refer to the technical diagram of electrical systems which show the location of outlets, circuits and other equipments. These equipments use various types of power and hand tools like conduit benders in order to protect the wiring and run it. Other commonly used power and hand tools include the wire strippers, saws, screwdrivers, and drills. When troubleshooting electrical related problems, electricians also use voltmeters, cable testers, ammeters and thermal scanners in order to locate the problem and then ensure that the different components are properly working.
A lot of electricians like to work alone but there are also others that collaborate with other electricians. For example, electricians who have ample experience can work together with building architects and engineers when designing electrical systems during new construction of structures. There are also other electricians who may consult with construction specialists like installers of elevator and air conditioning and heating workers to help them install or maintain their power or electrical systems. For bigger companies, electricians will likely work as part of a team; they may be tasked to direct helpers and apprentices to ensure completion of jobs.
Electricians should have the right knowledge of how electrical systems work and how to facilitate the safe and efficient running of these systems. They also are responsible in installing wirings and in minimizing failure of equipments.