As an electrician, you have a myriad of career opportunities to explore. You can work in a variety of environments, including homes, offices, or manufacturing plants, and handle different elements such as wire installation and maintenance, blueprint reading, or electrical component inspection.
Learn about the many career options available to you as an electrician.
Residential electricians work in homes, apartments, motels, vacation homes, and small apartment buildings to install and repair residential electrical systems and wiring.
The work you'll do includes installing appliances such as dishwashers, washers, and dryers; running diagnostics on equipment; installing fire, smoke and heat detectors; working on the interior and exterior lighting; and installing other electrical equipment, such as motion sensors and audio systems.
Commercial electricians do similar work to residential electricians but on a much larger scale. Your job is primarily to install electrical systems during the construction of commercial space, but you may also perform repairs and maintenance. Your job duties will typically involve installing wiring throughout the building and installing commercial systems such as heaters, security systems, keying systems, and mechanical systems.
You will also troubleshoot faulty systems, wiring, and system upgrades.
Industrial electricians work in large factories, mines, shipyards, and manufacturing plants. You will work on hydraulic systems, electric motors, generators, industrial batteries, pneumatic and electrical control systems, and alternators.
The role of an industrial electrician includes installing wiring, control panels, transformers, switch boxes and dashboards, conduit, conveyors, feeders, regulators, lighting fixtures, fiber optics, and other large electrical systems.
A lineman works on the electrical transportation system that connects power from power plants to homes or commercial spaces. Your work involves distributing and transmitting high-power lines and systems, whether underground in trenches or overhead on utility poles.
You may also work on the setup, inspection, and maintenance of poles and wires; the installation of transformers and insulators; and the installation and maintenance of traffic signs.
Security and fire alarm system installers
Electricians specializing in security systems can work anywhere in homes, commercial settings, and industrial locations. Your responsibilities include installing and maintaining security and alarm systems, installing control panels, installing sensors and cameras, programming keypads, and troubleshooting and diagnosing security systems.
Another specialty you can choose is network cabling, in which you install and distribute wiring for telecommunications companies, network providers, and Internet providers. When installing and maintaining network systems, you will test voice, data, and video transmissions; install adapters and outlet boxes; route cables; provide cable support; core holes in workspaces; and perform system upgrades.
This job is similar to a lineman, in which you check and repair faults in power transmissions. You can further focus on working as a service technician in either a transportation system or a utility power transmission system; both allow you to connect the power.
Solar Panel Installer
Since you install and maintain solar energy, such an electrician can also be called a renewable energy technician. Your job entails using solar panels to connect them to the grid and performing routine inspections of solar panels. As a renewable energy technician, you can work on wind and hydroelectric generators and mechatronics.
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