Commercial electricians work not only in offices and stores, but also in warehouses and factories, normally installing lighting and power outlets. Their wiring, more often than not, follows a three-stage method, with usually two smaller legs running a lower voltage and a longer, larger leg running a higher voltage, depending upon the business power requirements. Depending upon a company’s power requirements, this could be 120 volts/ 208 volts, or even 277/481 volts. They do a variety of different types of jobs such as making phone connections, circuit breaker inspections, etc. Some of them are construction managers, others are maintenance supervisors. Still others are simply installers, which are needed everywhere.
There are certain aspects of commercial electrical systems that an electrician must be familiar with and adept at. These are properly grounded outlets, proper wiring, safety devices, load protection, overloads and surge protectors, etc. No matter how simple the electrical system is an electrical professional must have at least basic knowledge of it. This is because a commercial electrical system can be complex and intricate, even when compared to residential electrical systems, and it is imperative that an experienced professional handles all aspects of a large electrical installation. There are certain certifications that an electrical professional must meet before taking on a particular job, and these are as follows:
The typical industrial setting, for example, requires commercial electricians who have specific knowledge of electrical systems and who can also handle and troubleshoot other electronics within the factory. For instance, there are air conditioners, computers, printers, television sets, ventilation systems, heating, ventilation and electrical systems, not to mention heating and ventilation ducts. It is normal for there to be several outlets for plugging different electronic devices together. For this reason, there are several wires that are bundled together and have to be controlled appropriately. The electrician also has to know which outlet connects to which and how to connect and route these wires. All these electrical systems are highly complex, so it is important that any electrician who is taking on such a task has experience and expertise in handling such electronics.
In the same manner, residential buildings have their own unique set of electrical systems, such as high pressure hot water systems, heating and air-conditioning systems, security systems and electrical wiring. Again, it is very common for several wires to be bundled together, each with its own purpose. Residential buildings also have many outlets, so it is crucial for a commercial electrician to understand all these basic requirements. Since residential buildings are also sensitive in nature and more prone to electrical shocks than commercial buildings, a commercial electrician must be well-knowledgeable about the proper wiring, so that there is no mishap taking place. Even the smallest of mistakes can lead to huge disasters.
Not only this, different types of electrical jobs require different types of skill sets and qualification, and in fact, experience is an absolute necessary criterion. There are basically two types of electricians – the ones who have been doing residential work and the ones who have been doing commercial work. Even within the two categories of electricians, there are several sub-types, such as Eco-ackers, Eco-phasers, Green-Eaters, Green-Thugs, Renewable-Eaters, Renewable-rians and so on. All these sub-types have different skill sets and qualifications, and an electrician who wishes to specialize in a particular type of electrical job, will have to take his time to get proper qualification, practice his trade and prove himself to be a good and reliable electrician. Commercial electrician, on the other hand, can be a jack-of-all-trades kind of electrician and can switch from one type of job to another very easily.
One thing that has to be kept in mind before hiring a commercial electrician is that one should look at his or her professional qualifications, experience, skills and qualification before choosing one from among the numerous options. You don’t want to be appointing an electrician, who might be inexperienced and may end up ruining your industrial setting’s image! This will not just put you in a bad light, but will also lead to complications, and may even cost you dearly. So, it is important to consider all these factors before taking a final decision. Just because a commercial electrician claims to have years of experience with regard to working with electricity in industrial settings does not mean that this is the case.