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What does it take to be a commercial electrician? (Photo Credits)

While most property owners are familiar with an electrician, not everyone may know that there is a special training and education required in order for an ordinary electrician to become a commercial electrician.

But what exactly is a commercial electrician? came up with a comprehensive explanation on what a commercial electrician is, its job description, alongside the educational, training, and apprenticeship requirement that comes with the title. This information was posted in their official website. Builders and Contractors    

“Commercial electricians are responsible for installing and maintaining the electrical devices in commercial buildings. Electricians receive their training through an associate’s degree or apprenticeship degree program. They must also receive their electrician’s license in order to do any electrical installation. Commercial electricians may plan and diagram electrical systems, including the conduits of tubing or pipe often required by local electrical codes. Or, the electrician may work from blueprints provided by the general contractor.”

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Routes to take meanwhile explained that there are two routes a person may take in order to become a commercial electrician. This is through a technical route, or the apprenticeship route. In their article, they initially explained the apprenticeship route first. Electricians   

“Graduate from high school, or earn your GED. You will need at least one year of algebra among your courses, to understand the math involved in a journeyman electrician’s duties. Contact your state’s department of labor for a list of commercial electrician apprenticeship programs in your area. These might be administered by the state, trade unions or individual employers. Apply as often and as widely as necessary, until you obtain a space in a suitable program. Work with a contractor or other firm, full time, for four years. Requirements vary by state, but usually you will need to complete 2,000 hours of on-the-job training for each year of the program.”

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The Precision Manufacturing Institute meanwhile explained what a commercial electrician does, and differentiated it with an industrial electrician.

“Commercial electrical work is the more common of the two professions. Most of the time the environment that a commercial electrician works in is accessible to the masses. Retail storefronts and restaurants are just a couple of the most common examples of where commercial electrical work takes place. The focus of commercial electrical work is to ensure that the wiring and electrical components of the structure are functioning efficiently and safely. On occasion, a commercial electrician will be required to work on a higher voltage electrical system or generator that accompanies a large heating or air conditioning unit. The essential tasks and daily pressures of being a commercial electrician typically involve common electrical repairs and installation of specific equipment.”

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Becoming a commercial electrician involves challenges and undertakings, and is a continuous learning process.

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