All About Electricity Makers and Electricians

An electrician is an expert tradesman specializing in wiring, electrical transmission, building structures, and related electric equipment. Electricians can also be employed in the repair and maintenance of existing electric infrastructure or the installation of new electric-related equipment. Electricians use tools such as power tools and electronic devices to help them do their job. There are two types of electricians that you can choose from: the ones who perform the actual work themselves; and the ones who are employed by electrical companies or public utilities to provide services to residential customers or businesses. Let’s take a closer look at these types of electricians and how they operate.


The majority of electricians you will come across are independent contractors, although there are many electricians that work for construction firms, factories, or public utilities as well. The most experienced electricians work on large construction projects and industrial plants, so they are usually hired on a long-term contract basis. Contractors have the upper hand when it comes to hiring employees, because they are much more likely to know who will be loyal to them, who would be skilled and able to carry out the duties required of them, and who will be reliable and pay on time.

In contrast, many industrial electrical contractors hire both an electrician who performs his/her own work as well as one who is an employee of the company. These types of contractors may also hire electricians who have previously been employed by the company but are now able to earn additional money. Either way, an industrial electrician (unless he is already a master electrician) can only legally perform work within the specific industries that he is specialized in. This is because electricity is a very critical and crucial element in those industries. Industrial electricians cannot legally perform work within the consumer market, where the products being used are not as critical to the operation of the business.

There are three main reasons why an industrial electrician must specialize in a certain industry. First, electricity is critical in the operation of businesses; therefore, anything affecting electricity should be closely watched. Secondly, a specialist in a particular field will know more about the dangers of electricity, which could be used improperly or could lead to catastrophic events such as electrocution. An example of this is when a homeowner forgets to shut off a bathtub before leaving for work in the morning. If the homeowner forgot to disconnect the power from the household water supply, a powerful surge of electricity could end up killing someone.

In order to get licensed, electricians must undergo a wide range of tests including mathematics, computer skills, mechanical skills, and chemical analysis. Once these requirements are met, he is then prepared to start learning his trade and working in a practical environment. Many electrical contractors also require ongoing continuing education credits for safety and protection reasons. To get these continuing education credits, most electricians must first complete a master’s degree. In order to take an online course, however, an electrician must have already completed his training requirements, so he has to plan ahead.

Some electricians start out their careers by becoming apprentice operators, where they work with a mentor and learn how to do their job safely and properly. From there, master electricians take over their apprenticeship and complete their own extensive training. By doing this, electricians learn the proper way to safely handle electricity. Electricians also may work directly with customers and companies or perform general maintenance of electrical equipment. These jobs usually require a license because electricity is considered a controlled substance. Most states require some form of continuing education in order to keep this status, so in order to keep that status electricians need to complete state-mandated continuing education credits each year.