Commercial electricians are responsible for installing and maintaining electrical devices in commercial buildings, including field service calls. They are employed by a variety of companies and organizations, but primarily by utility companies. Commercial electricians must be professionally-trained via a technical or trade school or a professional organization, and many states have additional requirements, including a drug screen, background check, and driving record, as electricians generally operate a company/state vehicle. Generally, those in this position have at least seven years of experience in electrical work.
Commercial electricians are responsible for understanding many types of electrical systems and performing a wide range of tasks, including: planning, diagramming, and installing electrical systems, including conduits; running electrical wiring; wiring instruments which control power units within buildings; installing lighting and heating units; using electrical test meters; ascertaining compatibility and safety of various electrical components; installing brand-new electrical systems and ensuring their proper performance; locating system breaks; and locating and solving various electrical problems.
Commercial electricians must be comfortable with a variety of tools, including screwdrivers, knives, power tools, pipe threaders, test meters, conduit benders, and pliers. This job may require working outdoors as well as indoors, and in extreme elements such as heat, cold, and precipitation. Commercial electricians must also be physically fit, able to stand and work for long periods of time, and able to perform a full range of physical motions.
Commercial Electrician Tasks
- Perform scheduled preventive maintenance activities on equipment.
- Troubleshoot and repair material handling equipment.
- Support customers by effectively interfacing with customer and office in repairing equipment as needed.
- Troubleshoot and repair electrical equipment.
- Evaluate and make recommendations regarding required repairs and maintenance.