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Electricians – What They Do


Electricians – What They Do

Electricians install and maintain all of the electrical and power systems for our homes, businesses, and factories. They install and maintain the wiring and control equipment through which electricity flows. They also install and maintain electrical equipment and machines in factories and a wide range of other businesses. Electricians generally focus on either construction or maintenance, although many do both. Ones specializing in construction primarily install wiring systems into factories, businesses, and new homes. Others specialize in maintenance fix and upgrade existing electrical systems and repair electrical equipment.


The standard work week for electricians is 40 hours (8 hours a day, 5 days a week). As with many careers in construction, there are peak periods that will require you to work overtime. The number of additional hours you work each week depends on the construction sector and region you work in, and will vary from one job to the next. As an Electrician, you may work indoors and outdoors, independently or with other construction professionals. The work can be physically demanding, and you may have to work at heights. As with all careers in the construction industry, safety is the top priority. Electricians are trained to work safely and take special precautions to protect themselves from electrical shocks.


Maintenance electricians repair or replace electric and electronic equipment when it breaks. They make repairs as quickly as possible in order to minimize inconvenience. They may replace items such as circuit breakers, fuses, switches, electrical and electronic components, or wire.  Maintenance work varies greatly, depending on where an electrician works. Electricians who focus on residential work perform a wide variety of electrical work for homeowners. They may rewire a home and replace an old fuse box with a new circuit breaker box to accommodate additional appliances, or they may install new lighting and other electric household items, such as ceiling fans.


Finding a qualified electrician is easier than finding the right carpenter or plumber. When interviewing an electrician, ask to see a copy of his state license as well as proof of insurance. Make sure both are current. An electrician working on a typical residential-remodeling job should carry a minimum of $500,000 in liability insurance and workers’ compensation coverage for himself and his crew. If everything seems legit, check references and look over a previous job. At Prosaver, we have compiled a list of trustworthy, local electricians ready to work for you.