What is an Electrical Contractor?
An electrical contractor is a person or business who performs specialized construction work related to electricity. Specifically, they are responsible for power distribution systems. This includes “outside” electrical contractors, who work on high-voltage transmission and distribution lines, ensuring that electricity generated at power plants is carefully carried through these lines to supply power to buildings or other structures. Also included are “inside” electrical contractors, who focus on electrical and cabling design/installation/maintenance within property lines (i.e. outdoor lighting or substations). Finally, there are also “integrated building systems” or “voice/data/video” electrical contractors who specialize in low-voltage installations such as back-up power, wireless networks, energy efficient lights, telecommunications, security and climate controls.
To become an electrical contractor, you must complete an apprenticeship program and pass a state-mandated journeyman electrician exam. You can find an apprenticeship program through a union or contact your local electrical association. Additionally, it is important to take a course from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) as this agency is responsible for worker safety.
Essential skills for an electrical contractor include reliability and attention to detail. Since this type of work can be dangerous, it is important to show up for appointments on time and finish projects according to specifications. Also, electrical contractors often use power tools and other hazardous equipment, so it is important that they know how to properly operate these machines and keep them safe from injury. Finally, electrical contractors need to have excellent organisational skills in order to manage their schedules and prioritise tasks effectively. Electrical Contractor