Electricians supply energy to buildings so that lights, appliances, and water heaters can run. Electrical equipment is installed, inspected, and tested by them to make sure it is reliable and secure. You can be maintaining conventional systems in homes, businesses, and offices as an electrician. Some electricians use fibre optics or renewable technologies in their profession. Others work on engineering projects or perform maintenance on motors, transformers, traffic systems, street lights, etc.
The following tasks are part of an electrician's job description:
- Examining electrical apparatus, connections, and systems to make sure they are secure and functional
- Repairing electrical issues or changing parts
- Assembling electrical outlets, switches, light fixtures, and appliances
- Cable installation for equipment's connection to power and computer networks
- Installing data network or security systems
- Working with traffic management systems and street lights
- Fiber-optic cable installation
- Maintaining machinery, transformers, and electric motors
- Constructing and putting in electrical control panels
- Programming 'intelligent' buildings that are computer-controlled
- Carrying out technical plans
- Observing rigorous safety guidelines
- Finding out about new electrical laws
- Responding to emergencies like electricity outages
- Working on a building site, in a home or business, offshore, locally or overseas, and frequently in confined spaces or at heights.
Earnings typically depend on location, employer, the stage of your training, your hours worked and the opportunity to work overtime. Please also note that the pay rate figures have come from a variety of reliable sources including:
- National Home Builders
- Home Builder's Sub-Contractors
- The Home Builders Federation
- Construction Recruitment Agencies
Qualifications We Offer
To become an electrician, there are numerous paths one might take. You can acquire the necessary credentials by finishing a college course or an apprenticeship. You could submit a direct application for employment to an employer if you already have appropriate experience. Importantly, those who obtain competency through professionally recognised training paths, including apprenticeships and courses from City & Guilds or EAL, typically have better employment and financial prospects.
To determine which choice is best for you, you need investigate your possibilities.You must pass the AM2 assessment in order to become a fully trained electrician. This last unit of your electrical qualification is typically an industry-recognized competency. You must pass a colour vision assessment test and have normal colour vision in order to work with electrical wiring.
You could eventually work as a building services engineer with some experience. You might also pursue a career in electrical design.
A few electricians launch their own businesses and work as independent contractors for other businesses. Some people decide to tutor others and share their knowledge.
The type of job role can differ depending on the employer and the activities involved. Some roles such as trade roles have the opportunity to be self-employed. Often employers offer a variety of employment status and flexibility. The jobs outlined in this website are common across the home building industry, but the job titles may differ from one organisation to another.
Earn While You Learn
All our featured job roles offer different entry-points for school leavers, college leavers, and graduates to commence a career in the industry. There are opportunities to enrol on apprenticeships and other career progression routes.
For most jobs, depending on your qualifications and experience there are also openings for those looking to change career.
Key job roles
A few (of many) jobs which we are looking to recruit in the home building industry.
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