Ways a commercial electrician can help your business succeed
Your business’s electrical system is essential for your daily operations. Without safe, reliable access to electricity, you would have constant business interruptions and possibly be in breach of work health and safety standards. As such, a commercial electrician can be a valuable partner and guide for your business, but what are the specific ways they can assist? Here, we take a look at some of the most important ways commercial electricians can support your business and its priorities.
TESTING AND TAGGING APPLIANCES
Testing and tagging appliances involves checking your business’s portable electrical appliances and ensuring they’re safe to operate. A commercial electrician will perform a visual check for damage before using specialist appliance equipment to test each appliance. They will then affix a tag on the appliance to mark it as tested and safe. The tag should specify a recommended next-test date.
CIRCUIT BREAKER TESTING
A commercial electrician can carry out circuit breaker testing, which is designed to test your switching system and how your tripping structure is programmed as a whole. It’s a vital type of test to support the safe, reliable performance of your circuit breakers. Your business premises’ circuit breakers are responsible for conducting electricity currents and insulating contacts from one another. They also disconnect the fault current quickly when there’s a fault, to protect your equipment.
A reputable commercial electrician can identify ways to raise the energy efficiency of your business. Boosting energy efficiency and sustainability could, in turn, enhance your business performance, ROI, minimise earnings volatility, and improve overall profitability. Consumers often value companies with sustainable practices, so becoming more energy efficient can improve your brand reputation as well.
Lightning protection is widely used in buildings and commercial sites around the world. These systems divert the lightning current away from your commercial site to reduce the risk of injury and damage. While the likelihood of lightning striking your building might seem remote, the damage to equipment can be significant. Lightning protection can also prevent lightning-related fire and structural damage.
EMPLOYEES AND ELECTRICAL MAINTENANCE
Except when the supervision is provided by a power limited technician, which limits the maintenance work to technology circuits and systems, examples of work allowed within the scope of a maintenance electrician include:
Replacement of receptacle outlets of any voltage, phase, system, or amperage with devices having identical characteristics
Replacement of manual lighting switches of any voltage with devices having identical characteristics
Replacement of motors of any voltage, phase, system, or horsepower, as a singular unit, or as part of a machine or apparatus, with a motor having the same characteristics
Repair of manual, magnetic, or electronic motor controllers using replacement parts, including sub-assemblies, that are identified as factory replacement parts for the specific assembly
Repair or replacement of defective circuit breakers and switch assemblies in switchboards and panelboards with factory parts or replacements that are identified by the manufacturer as suitable
Repair or replacement of defective bus duct switches using factory replacement parts or identical replacement assemblies
Repair of defective lighting fixtures using approved replacement parts
Bench repair of electrical equipment
Examples of work not allowed within the scope of a maintenance electrician include:
Extension of any electrical wiring, including technology circuit and system wiring, whether existing or new
Installation of wiring for, or connection of, new equipment or apparatus
Installation of replacement or new conductors in existing raceways
Replacement of damaged wiring methods (raceways, cables, flexible connections, etc.)
Replacement of existing lighting fixtures with new or repaired units
Installation of temporary wiring of any type or for any purpose
Replacement of any component or subassembly with an item that is not identical to that being replaced
Modification of lighting fixtures as part of a lighting retrofit project
Building automation systems, including power limited systems
Electrical work not within the scope of “maintenance work” may be performed by an unlicensed, registered maintenance person where the responsible individual is licensed as a Class A Master Electrician and the maintenance person is provided with direct supervision by a person licensed as either a Class A Master or Class A Journeyworker electrician and both are employees of the same employer.
Electrical maintenance work and minor repair work are exempt from mandatory inspection in accordance with Statutes section 326B.36 Subd. 1. All other electrical work, unless specifically exempt under Statutes section 326B.36 Subd. 5 is subject to inspection. An active Request for Electrical Inspection must be on file whenever electrical wiring that is required to be inspected is being performed. All electrical wiring must be inspected prior to being concealed in any manner, including by burial, insulation, encapsulation, or concealment by floor, wall or ceiling covering or sheathing.
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What Electricians Do
Electricians install, maintain, and repair electrical power, communications, lighting, and control systems.
Almost all electricians work full time. Work schedules may include evenings and weekends. Overtime is common.
How to Become an Electrician
Most electricians learn through an apprenticeship, but some start out by attending a technical school. Most states require electricians to be licensed.
The median annual wage for electricians was $56,180 in May 2019.
Employment of electricians is projected to grow 8 percent from 2019 to 2029, much faster than the average for all occupations. Homes and businesses continue to require wiring, and electricians will be needed to install the necessary components.
State & Area Data
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Commercial Electrician Job Description
While the number of jobs in the electrical trade is projected to grow by 14 percent in the ten-year period leading up to 2024, commercial electricians in particular may discover their prospects are even better since new commercial development and civil projects are outpacing even residential building
Licensing classifications aside, you can always identify a commercial electrician by their work setting and the type of jobs they’re on. In simplest terms, commercial electricians install, upgrade, maintain, troubleshoot, and fix electrical systems in virtually all non-residential settings, including:
Businesses and retail establishments
Commercial construction sites
The Roles and Job Duties of Commercial Electricians
Commercial electricians perform a wide range of duties, which can change according to their work setting and the kind of job they’re on. Generally speaking, the electrical needs of most commercial settings typically require:
Installation of commercial switch gear
Termination of large conductors
Installation of cable trays
Installation of commercial outlet boxes
Installation of bus ducts
Commercial wiring and lighting
Electrical work on commercial transformers and generators
Electrical work on raceways
System wiring that involves significantly more electricity than residential sites
Commercial electricians are generally considered different from industrial electricians in that commercial wiring work doesn’t typically involve working with high voltage systems, industrial machinery, or at industrial settings like factories, refineries, foundries, oil and gas fields or power plants.
In one job vacancy announcement from July 2016 looking for a commercial electrician to serve as the on-site electrical technician, the following job description was provided:
Repair, install, and maintain electrical systems that include motors, transformers, internal/exterior conduit, generators, switchboards, and power circuits
Replace circuits, fluorescent tubes, ballasts, fuses, switches, and receptacles
Use schematics to troubleshoot fuses, circuits, switches, fixtures, and ballasts
Perform preventative maintenance and repairs