Interested in Becoming an Electrical Contractor?
Dunedin Electric is full of hardworking Americans with a passion for taking care of all your electrical needs. We enjoy our jobs and encourage you to enter the field of Electrical Contracting if it interests you. While no occupation is for everyone, our industry is bound to be around for a long, long time to come since everyone needs electricity!
If you think you’d like to become a contractor, you should probably read up on it first. We perform installations and maintenance across a broad spectrum of wiring setups. Depending on the state, you’ll probably need to become an intern and acquire a license before you can be officially certified, but don’t let that stop you! Keep reading about the job of an electrical contractor below, courtesy of Education-Portal.com.
Electrical Contractor: Job Description, Duties and Requirements
Electrical contractors install and maintain wiring and electrical devices in a wide variety of settings. Prospective electrical contractors normally complete several years of apprenticeship training and acquire a license prior to starting a career.
Job Description for an Electrical Contractor
Electrical contractors are responsible for the installation and maintenance of electrical systems, including wiring, breaker boxes, switches and other machinery in a variety of settings. Electrical contractors may work in a residential, commercial or industrial setting, with widely varying hours and working conditions, depending on the employer and their specific job description. Electrical contractors may focus on either construction or maintenance in their work, though some contractors may do both.
Job Duties for an Electrical Contractor
Electrical contractors may complete many different tasks, in areas that include customer service and administrative work, maintenance, and installation. Customer service and administrative work often includes contacting customers, scheduling appointments and completing regulatory requirements, such as taxes or permit applications. Maintenance duties include inspecting electrical equipment, replacing worn parts and repairing complex devices. Construction duties include bending conduit, lifting heavy objects, stringing wire and using power tools.
Education and Career Requirements for an Electrical Contractor
Aspiring electrical contractors are commonly trained through an apprenticeship program in electrical work which can be completed in four years. Apprenticeship programs normally include a minimum of 144 hours in the classroom and at least 2,000 hours of on-the-job training per year. Common subjects that electricians study during their classroom education include blueprints, math, electrical theory, work safety and the National Electrical Code.
All states have licensing requirements for electricians, though requirements vary by state. State licensure processes may include demonstrating knowledge of codes and regulations and passing an examination. Some states may require electrical contractors to acquire a master electrician’s license before they can work. To become a master electrician, electrical contractors generally fulfill experience requirements determined by the state and pass an exam.