Different Pathways in the Electrical Industry
Whether they are installing, maintaining or testing electrical systems, equipment and appliances, electricians are split into three types – domestic, commercial and industrial, which determines the type of buildings and electrical systems they work on.
Here we outline the main roles and responsibilities associated with each type of electrician, so you will know which kind of electrician you need to hire for your job.
… are responsible for installing, maintaining, repairing and testing electrical equipment, appliances and systems in a home environment.
You should ensure that electricians working on your home have nationally recognised qualifications and are a member of a trade association, so they are in a position to do a high quality job at a fair price.
Jobs you may recruit a domestic electrician to do include; testing a burglar alarm, fridge, electric cooker, etc; installing a new plug socket; and rewiring existing electrical systems.
… work in small, medium and large commercial environments, such as schools, shopping centres, office buildings, hospitals and shops, to install, maintain and test new and existing electrical systems and equipment.
These electricians should also be members of a trade association, and in many cases will work on a short or long-term contract, or on behalf of an electrical contractors firm. In general they will deal with lighting and security systems, equipment testing for health and safety standards, and rewiring as a result of an office or shop refit, or a new building.
… are responsible for installing, maintaining, testing, troubleshooting and repairing electrical equipment and other types of electrical and electronic controls on various types of equipment within a large industrial factory or building.
Industrial electricians usually have very specialist knowledge in repairing robots and computerised control equipment that are now commonplace in manufacturing companies across the UK.
Industrial electricians will either work solely for the industrial firm or will work on a contract basis on behalf of an electrical contractors company.
… are responsible for installing, maintaining, testing, troubleshooting and repairing electrical equipment and other types of electrical and electronic controls on various types of equipment within a number of different environments / industries.
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