It’s no coincidence that electricity is often referred to as “power”. If you think about it, the world runs on power – and no, we’re not talking about politics. We’re talking about the most astounding invention by humanity, the invention that revolutionised even the industrial era, and the reason you’re reading this right now.
However, before we go off on a tangent about how great electricity is, let’s take a closer look at its commercial counterpart – the world of a commercial electrician.
What is a commercial electrician?
We think it’s safe to assume that you know what an electrician is; thus, we won’t chatter on about it, instead we will dive into what a commercial electrician is.
When it comes to commercial application, electricians design, install and maintain electrical systems for large-scale, business-related infrastructure, a commercial electrician is the one to call.
Commercial electricians are licensed electricians with a wealth of knowledge. Commercial electrics is more complicated than its domestic equivalent, consisting of a unique system with its features and challenges, thus the electricians have to have relevant qualifications. More planning goes into a large electrical system, as with installation – often requiring multiple technicians that practice great attention to detail.
Commercial Electrician Duties
With the definition of Commercial Electrician being played out, what are their day-to-day activities? We have listed their standard working day below:
Drawing and reading blueprints and technical diagrams
- Installing wiring, controls and lighting infrastructure
- Maintaining all of the above
- Inspecting all electrical components including transformers and circuit breakers
- Using specialist devices to identify issues
- Repairing and replacing any wiring, equipment and fixtures with both hand and power tools
- Following up on state and local building regulations
- Managing a team of technicians onsite
The Ideal Commercial Electrician
One of the most important factors about a commercial electrician is their ability to meet the demands of electrical work, both theoretical knowledge and practical capability.
To be an excellent commercial electrician, you need to adapt and excel in an industry that changes on a weekly basis.
Flexibility in design and installation methods is critical, with repairs to a variety of systems being very common. Moreover, an ideal candidate works well with the construction team to create a harmonious project that is completed on time and within budget.
Licensing and Insurance
In a world where you can now have insurance for your pet, we’re happy to say the same for your electricity.
It is imperative that your chosen electrician hold the correct licensing and insurance for the job. Failing to select a licensed electrician could result in you being liable to pay worker’s compensation for any accident or injury on site.
The right insurance also provides coverage for damage that can only be rectified with more money, as well as an option called ‘bonding’ which covers you should an electrician disappear before completing a project.
Communication is Key
The fact that commercial construction takes place on such a large scale means that there will be a significantly diverse team working on site.
As with any relationship, the ability to communicate openly, honestly and frequently remains one of the biggest benefactors of success. This includes communication between the service provider and the client – something we pride ourselves in at AEP.
Flexibility and Resourcefulness
Commercial construction sites are high traffic zones, and by traffic, we mean people, machinery, movement and materials.
An excellent commercial electrician can navigate this environment successfully while making use of only what they need to get the job done – including the ability to adapt to original plans and use creativity to respond to challenges at any given moment.
We’ve Got the Power
As leading commercial electricians in Perth, AEP can provide much more than information about our field of expertise. We house a fully-trained and licensed team of technicians that are passionate about commercial electrics. Find out more by giving us a call on (08) 9302 2000 or complete our online contact form.