Electrical installation as a career. 

Definition

Electrician’s Responsibilities: 

  • Install, maintain and repair electrical, wiring, power circuits/machines and lighting systems. 
  • Interpretation of drawings. 
  • Perform general electrical maintenance in domestic installations and industrial installations. 
  • Inspect transformers and circuit breakers and other electrical components in electrical installations. 
  • Troubleshoot electrical faults using appropriate methods of testing and equipment’s/devices. 
  • Repair and replace equipment, electrical wiring, or fixtures. 
  • Apply Energy regulatory Laws as required by law, IEE regulations, local building regulations authority and (EPRA). 
  • Circuit breaker corrective maintenance. 
  • Good knowledge of various test equipment. 
  • Knowledge of basic Electrical Safety. 
  • Knowledge of basic First aid. 

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Attributes of an electrician

The attributes of an electrician are endless, attributes that would please most employees would have to include the following: 

Effective communication and people skills 
You need to be able to cater for a diverse range of customers including builders, homeowners/occupiers, to draft persons or architects just to name a few. 

Ability to work in a team or independently. 
Depending on the size of the project will determine whether you are working by yourself or within a team. For example, large commercial builds in major cities you would be a part of a large team from tradesmen to foremen’s, to engineers and project managers. 

Problem Solving 
You will be challenged with many different tasks which could mean you solve something as basic as which size cable to run to more complex tasks such as wiring and programming electrical apparatus for automated installations using PLC’s. 

Basic Math’s Skills 
Math’s is part of an electrician’s life, just like a builder that must measure his materials, an electrician must measure things like currents, voltage, power, resistance and calculate the amount of cable required and the design of spacing requirements for lights in a ceiling. 

Good English skills 
Having good English and writing skills is paramount in helping you be a successful electrician, you must have the ability to read and interpret wiring regulations, standards, switchboards and drawings, invoicing, estimating, and tendering. Documentation for taxation purposes if you are running a business etc. 

Understanding of regulatory requirement 
Electrician is a licensed trade that is bound by regulations that must be adhered to. You must have sound understanding of these regulations and be self-driven to stay alert and aware of the regulations and the change. 

Career growth 

Becoming an electrician opens so many opportunities and specialty paths that lead to a life-long rewarding career. Positions and opportunities range from being part of a business at a trade level through to middle management, engineering roles or owning and running your own business. What is more, within the electrical industry many electricians select a specialty that they focus on whether it is building and construction, green energy/solar, automation, manufacturing, mining, energy, or water supply industries. 

The electrical industry is always changing with innovative technologies, so if you are looking for a career that is flexible and challenging, being an electrician is a life-long rewarding career. 

Electricians will always be in demand

There is currently a skills shortage in the electrical industry (and does not look like stopping anytime soon). Plus, there will always be a need for electricians as the electrical industry evolves with changing technologies, electrical systems need to be installed and maintained by professionals in domestic, commercial, industrial, and mining industries.

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Challenges. 

Being an electrician can be a challenging but rewarding career. You must have a great understanding of practical installation skills, electrical diagrams and health and safety. Electricians can take on various jobs and projects, ranging from major commercial, industrial, or automation projects to various high end and standard residential jobs. 

Being an electrician offers mental skills such as interpreting electrical or electronic drawings and determining wiring layouts in addition to the obvious physical skills including use of various sophisticated equipment and electrical projects. 

One day you may be carrying out a standard installation, the next time you could be fault shooting and then you could be inspecting and testing. This challenge and variety will keep you sharp and ensure that no two days are ever the same.