Like every other profession, electricians also specialize in different fields. You will be amazed to find different types of licensed electricians who have a wide array of expertise, knowledge and specialization. Here are some of the broad categories when it comes to the electrician’s work.
- Residential electricians. The residential electricians are experts in the installation, maintenance as well as in upgrading of electrical systems in houses, apartments and outdoor gardens as well as landscape lighting. They acquire their status or license through classroom coaching and usually with a minimum of four years serving as an apprentice as supervised by someone who is experienced. After being an apprentice, the trainee will hurdle a state test.
- Commercial electrician. You will find that these electricians work extensively in commercial projects, business and residential construction sites. Their presence can also be felt in factories where various industrial machineries need to be serviced, installed and maintained. They also install a wide variety of commercial appliances from commercial security systems to water heaters as well as to electronic key systems. They also troubleshoot systems which are plagued with faulty wiring and they will also make recommendations in upgrading existing systems.
Whether you are involved in a small business or huge commercial company, you will always find a group of electricians who operate at different areas:
- Apprentice electricians. The apprentice electricians are the juniors who work hard in order to learn the basics in the specialized electrical trade. The learning process for these people will usually involve several thousand of hours of classroom instructions in electrical building codes and theory. They will be placed under the general administration of the Master Electrician and report immediately to a Journeyman electrician at industrial and commercial homes and sites. The apprentices also need to follow some standardized electrical codes as well as observe service ethics on a long period of time ranging from about three to six years. During the years that they serve as an apprentice, they also receive remuneration.
Journeyman. You will find the journeyman working in utility companies as well as in construction sites of industries and businesses. The journeyman are electricians who are involved in installing overhead power lines as well as in fixing mechanical connections, power systems and lighting, communication and security systems in factories, homes and business concerns.