An electrical contractor designs electrical systems and installs them. This includes lighting, communications systems, and power systems. Some things that might be installed are motors, generators, switches, wires, batteries, and transformers. This is often performed in commercial environments, but can also be performed in new residences.
Electricians may also make modifications to existing systems, in order to make them more environmentally friendly and energy efficient. Troubleshooting may be necessary, in order to install the system correctly. The electrical contractor may have to address problems that are encountered with the electrical system and remedy them when necessary. Care must be taken in order to make sure that jobs are carried out in a safe and effective manner. The use of hand tools is necessary. An electrical contractor often owns his or her own business and may employ other electricians.
An exam may have to be taken prior to becoming an electrician or electrical contractor. An electrical contractor will often have had several years of experience as an electrician. The contractor will have completed a course of study related to electrician work, along with an apprenticeship. Some of the work in this job is done outdoors, and the electrician may be subjected to uncomfortable conditions, such as extreme heat. Customer service skills are important, in order for customers to give references and to return for future work. Formal education, such as a degree from a technical school, may be required. Current and valid state licensing is usually needed.
Electrical Contractor Tasks
Attend industry association meetings as a means of networking with the customer base and other industry professionals.
Lead the process of identifying, forecasting and developing electrical construction opportunities.
Oversee the tracking of all projects that are designated for bidding or presentation.
Identify, develop and maintain customer relationships with current and prospective general contracting customers.
Develop and maintain strong relationships with internal customers.