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A Day In The Life Of An Electrician

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In 2022, when electricity is a vital part of our life, we cannot fathom life without it. Imagine having to live by candlelight once the sun sets, and not having any electrical appliances like washing machines or dishwashers to make our lives easier. When the electrical system is not working, our lives grind to a halt until the electrician comes to the rescue.

Electrical technicians are trained to install, maintain, and repair the electrical system we all rely on. An electrician requires specific character traits and skills to complete the various electrical tasks they are assigned. Let’s take a closer look at this exciting, often under-estimated, profession.

Where Do Electricians Work?

Depending on the client, and the job required, an electrician will either work in one site for a length of time or numerous sites in one day. The job may also require them to work either indoors, outdoors, or both. Electrical sites include both indoor and outdoor areas of:

What Does An Electrician’s Average Day Look Like?

Whether the electrician is a licensed and qualified technician or an electrical apprentice working under supervision, their average day is structured and may look like this:

  1. Preparation for the daily tasks
  2. Examination of blueprints
  3. Completion of allocated tasks
  4. Packing up and reviewed by a supervisor

Preparation For The Daily Tasks

Depending on the location of the allocated job, electricians will report for duty either at the office or job site. The first few minutes of the day are used to review the day’s allocated tasks and change into/gather the safety gear and tools required for the day’s work.

Examination Of Blueprints

To carry out any electrical task, the electrician must be familiar with the layout of the building’s electrical circuit. By examining the blueprints, the electrician will be able to determine:

  • Where the new electrical circuit must be installed. The blueprint will also include the location of plug outlets, switches, Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters (GCFI), and light fittings.
  • Where the existing electrical circuit is situated. This is necessary especially if the task involves tracing an electrical fault.
  • The electrician must also determine that the blueprints comply with the necessary codes as specified by the Florida Building Code.

Completion Of Allocated Tasks

The bulk of the day consists of completing the planned tasks. These tasks may include, but are not limited to:

  • Connection/disconnecting electrical wires, fuses, circuit breakers, or transformers.
  • Diagnosing, troubleshooting, and repairing electrical faults and fixtures.
  • Assembling and installing new electrical circuits, including electrical panels, outlets, switches, and fittings.
  • Electrical inspections

Packing Up And Review By Supervisor

Electrical contractors know that electricity is dangerous and will ensure that even if the task is not fully completed, the area is made safe by the end of the day. The site supervisor will ensure that tools are packed away safely, and any loose wires are secured.

Characteristics Of An Electrical Technician

Electricians are multi-talented and multi-skilled individuals who possess the following character traits:

  • They are meticulous and pay attention to detail. Electricity is dangerous, and errors can lead to electrical fires or serious injury. Electricians are aware of this and perform all the tasks meticulously.
  • They can focus for long periods, even when working at heights or in a noisy factory or construction setting. Electricians are 100% focused on the task at hand.
  • They can use, maintain, and care for a variety of power tools.
  • They have basic math skills.
  • They have physical stamina and strength. Electricians often spend long periods standing, kneeling, or crawling in tight spaces.
  • They have good problem-solving skills and are patient. Some problems are difficult to trace, and not all days go according to plan. Experienced electricians are patient and able to troubleshoot effectively.
  • They have good communication skills. Electricians must be able to communicate effectively with various people including clients, suppliers, and other contractors.

Interested In Becoming An Electrician? Contact Art Plumbing, Air Conditioning & Electric

Art Plumbing, Air Conditioning & Electric has been South Florida’s electrical contractor of choice since 1983. If you are considering a career as an electrician, our multi-talented and skilled team would love to introduce you to this exciting profession. For more information contact us at 1-800-475-1504.


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