If you are in need of electrical assistance in your home and are looking to hire an electrician, it is important to be aware of the different types of electricians and which one may be best for your project. Considering the large variety of electricians, not all of them are equally qualified due to niche training, specific specializations or a lack of experience. With that being said, keep reading to learn the 4 main types of electricians and how to find the best fit for your needs!
Residential electricians are the most common types of electricians, and likely who you are looking to employ for any home repair. Whether you are looking for a home electrical system upgrade, installation, repair or troubleshooting, you will want to talk to a residential electrician. They offer a wide range of in-home work, from suburban homes to condominiums and apartment buildings. You can expect your residential electrician to be well trained with an apprenticeship, classroom education and the shadowing of a master electrician.
Commercial electricians perform similar duties to a residential electrician, however work on much larger projects in malls, businesses or office settings. They specialize typically in installations, repairs and maintenance of electrical systems, on a larger scale as these power systems require much more electricity than an average residential home. To become a commercial electrician, you must have completed a certain amount of apprenticeship training hours.
You likely will not come across an industrial electrician when searching for a home repair, as an industrial electrician will be found working within power plants, processing plants, mines and factories. Industrial electricians work on an array of different electrical jobs in these settings. These electricians deal with large manufacturing systems and intricate machinery, often reporting to a facility manager or maintenance supervisor. It typically takes many years of experience and training to work in this field.
Maintenance electricians are a key component of residential, commercial and industrial electrical sectors. Being well versed, they can be used in all electrical sectors to maintain, repair or upgrade equipment. They are also responsible for troubleshooting and diagnosing problems that may be occurring with electrical equipment. Maintenance technicians are equipped with a formal apprenticeship, hands on training and an electrical license.
Now that you have gained knowledge on the different types of electricians and their specialities and qualifications, you are one step closer to hiring the right electrician for your home. Since 2003, our team of experts at AJ’s Electrical Service & Repair have been assisting customers throughout the Lower Mainland with their electrical needs. Contact us today!