Duties & Responsibilities of an Electrician

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Duties & Responsibilities of an Electrician
Electrician rolling wire (electrical image by Greg Pickens from Fotolia.com)

An electrician is a tradesman who specialises in the service and upkeep of electrical equipment and systems. An electrician is proficient in the construction, handling, and installation of electrical components, or helps to maintain an existing electrical infrastructure for a business or home. Many electricians are also skilled in wiring cars, ships, aeroplanes and other forms of transportation. There are several responsibilities and duties that go along with the position.

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Maintain Electrical Systems

An electrician is a handyman who is needed on commercial and residential sites for maintaining the electrical wiring of buildings, in addition to fixing static machines and other components. Electricians are considered part of the maintenance staff required in an office, business organisation, or any establishment, for taking care of various electrical functions. Electricians use power as well as hand tools to execute their work. Their tool box can contain conduit benders, wire strippers, screwdrivers and pliers. Additionally, they use oscilloscopes, ohmmeters, voltmeters and ammeters to test their work.

Electrical box.
Electrical box. (electrical panel switch image by jimcox40 from Fotolia.com)

Electrical Safety

An electrician should attentively carry out all his duties in accordance with safety regulations and follow health and safety procedures. He should vigilantly operate all machinery following safe and correct conduct.

Physical Requirements

Electricians must be physically capable of handling the job. Since they have to face all kinds of environments and situations, physical fitness plays a significant role in performance and ability. This includes carrying tools and wiring, equipment operation, and scaling poles.

Law Compliance

In the United States, electricians are issued licenses that they are expected to have with them when at a job site. Generally, they are not permitted to work unless they are associated with an electrical firm--- or otherwise employed for an electrical contractor. An electrician should follow electrical code while working and make sure that the project conforms to building and state laws, adhering to the standards and regulations set by IEE (Industrial Electronic Engineers).

Install Electrical Lines

Electricians can be called upon to set up low and high voltage wires. They connect wires to transformers, circuit breakers, starters, and other electronic devices. Today, many electricians work as independent contractors, visiting different sites where electrical work is required. Owing to the technical know-how and experience in electronics, they can diagnose electrical issues and work to recover connectivity.

Residential electrical lines
Residential electrical lines (electric cable image by jimcox40 from Fotolia.com)

Read Blueprints and Schematics

An electrician must have the skills and knowledge to be able to read and understand blueprints to identify the electrical infrastructure of a device or wiring of a building. An electrician is expected to be strongly acquainted with mathematics in addition to other skills including technical dexterity, effective communication of technical facts and figures, customer service aptitude, and providing quick, analytical solutions to electrical matters.

Duties & Responsibilities of an Electrician
Electrical schematics (comparison of the information image by Yuriy Poznukhov from Fotolia.com)

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