Basically, what does an electrician do? As the name denotes, electricians work with electricity. They are tradesmen or skilled worker whose job is to install, maintain and repair electrical wiring and systems. They set up the electrical wiring and connections in buildings and homes to provide power for the needs of the consumers.
We employ their services when we need to install and maintain the electrical wiring within, around, and outside of our working areas and abodes. A new building or new house cannot be occupied if there is no electrical system installed.
To learn and appreciate more the work of an Electrician, let us discuss the four different types of Electricians and what their job entails.
Outside Lineman or Wire man
The Outside Lineman handles the electrical line systems outside of buildings and residential houses. They ensure that power and energy from the utility companies are brought unhampered to the consumers. These are the people that we usually see on top of electric poles on the streets or laying cable lines under the roads.
Inside Electrician or Wire man
The Inside Wireman, on the other hand, ensures that the electrical installed by the Outside lineman are equally distributed in the buildings or houses. Compared to Outside linemen, an Inside lineman work more on low voltages.
Residential Electrician or Wire man
Likewise, the Residential Wire man performs the same tasks as that of an Inside Wire man on a micro level. He installs outlets for lighting, air-conditioning, heating and ventilation systems inside a building or a dwelling and can advise on where the circuit breakers can be installed.
Both the inside Wire man and Residential Wire man follows a schematic plan duly approved by a licensed Electrical Engineer. Their inputs in the planning of the electrical system of a building or homes are considered valuable. They ensure that the system is compliant with the building codes of the city or municipality.
A Telecommunication Electrician is in charge of connecting and wiring of the communication system within a building or a home. Specifically, he configures the telephones, intercoms, and computers, so they work properly.
All four types of Electricians have intertwining functions yet specialized skills. Engineers can be Electricians, but there are also Electricians who acquired their skills and knowledge through 2-3 years apprenticeship programs offered by universities and colleges. Now that we have cable televisions, fiber optic communications and high technology, and fire detection and surveillance and security alarm systems, there is an emerging demand for Electricians to upgrade their skills and knowledge.
There are three (3) types of Electrical certifications that one can avail
- Apprentice License – The electrician, works under the supervision of a Journeyman
- Journeyman License – The electrician can work without supervision and works with more complex projects
- Master Electrician License – The most qualified of the three. He can work without supervision and have previously worked under the tutelage of a Master Electrician.
There is no question that electricians are valuable for the development of a city or municipality.