Electricians are the modern superheroes of electricity, responsible for the maintenance and installation of electrical systems. They read technical and wiring diagrams, including blueprints, and use a variety of tools and equipment to repair or replace wiring, equipment, or accessories. Electricians may work standard 9-5 shifts, during the night and on weekends, or even be on call 24 hours a day. Every day, they are expected to log in and get a list of tasks to perform, as well as the supplies they need.
Electricians must be knowledgeable in the National Electrical Code, state and local electrical and building codes, and electrical theory. They must also be able to use hand tools such as screwdrivers, knives, duct benders, pliers, wire strippers, metal saws, as well as power tools such as saws and drills. During an internship, trainee electricians must complete 144 hours a year of technical training. Self-employed electricians may spend a lot of time traveling from one customer to the next.
Electricians often work without heating or air conditioning, exposing them to extreme heat or cold at work. As with any profession, there are a variety of specialties to pursue, which means that different electricians may have different to-do lists on a daily basis. Electricians cannot rush the work they do because safety is of the utmost importance. If you like to play detective and methodically search the house, being an electrician could be an excellent profession for you. You'll work as an apprentice for your first 4 years as an electrician, honing your craft on the job through practical experience.
Electricians often work independently on projects but can also be part of a larger construction team.