In a general sense, an electrician’s job is to bring electricity to structures such as homes and buildings from power generating companies and power supply distributors. Usually, they focus on the planning, installation, repair and maintenance of electrical circuits and lines, sometimes dealing with electronics and circuit boards where applicable. They may even be asked to rewire a whole structure if needed.
Aside from fixing lighting fixtures, fuses and electrical lines in homes and commercial establishments, electricians can also be found in construction sites, working alongside engineers and construction workers in planning and installing electrical circuits that will power the site during and after construction.
However, because of the ever-changing industrial landscape and constant development in electrics and technology, they are often required to perform other duties and responsibilities which other ordinary electricians do not normally do. For instance, an electrician who is employed by a mining company can be sent down under the tunnels to set up lighting and bring electrical supply to the people who are working inside the mines. In addition, those electricians employed for work in the oil rigs can be assigned to bring electricity to rigs located in the sea hundreds of miles away from land. However, before they are able to work in these places, they are required to undergo special training and skills development that will allow them to acquire the necessary technical and practical knowledge and skills that they will need in order to perform their duties effectively.
Some electricians work in the power plants. They can be assigned in the plant itself, conducting electrical repairs and installations where necessary, or they can be assigned outside duties like fixing transformer lines, conduits and power cables. They may also be assigned in substations in far-flung areas.
Electricians work with various tools of the trade, including mutli-testers, oscilloscopes and others. Sometimes, they will be assigned to mentor new electricians and apprentices, mentoring them on how these tools are used and other applications which apprentices need to be aware of.
The world demands for better electricians now, and that is what pushes electricians to learn specific and new skills which are not staples of trade schools. Because of this, we now have electricians who are better equipped in serving our electrical needs.