An electrician is an expert tradesman specializing in electricity, electrical wiring, distribution lines, electrical machines, and other related electrical equipment. Electricians can also be employed in the construction of new electrical installations or the repair and maintenance of existing electrical installations. Electricians perform a variety of functions in different fields of industry. Some examples include installation of communications systems, installation of safety equipment such as closed circuit camera systems and closed circuit video camera systems, installation and maintenance of various types of lighting, training of employees to use electrical and non-electrical equipment, repairing electrical equipment and installing power tools.
Most of the modern day electricians are equipped with the latest equipment and technologies, but they still rely on the services of licensed practical electricians. For example, it would not make sense to have a black-owned electrical contractor for the wiring of a business, just to have a qualified electrician accidentally cut his hand while using the wrong tool. Most of today’s electricians are equipped with advanced tools, computers, and sophisticated diagnostic and communication equipment. As a result, an electrician has to be highly organized and detail-oriented. He also needs to possess excellent color vision, since he usually has to make drawings and other forms of illustrations in wiring and other forms of media.
Most electricians are specialized in one field; therefore, one of the most important skills an electrician needs is creativity. Electricians often work on residential or commercial electrical products and installation. Electricians can work in manufacturing firms, manufacturing companies, power companies, construction companies and several other businesses. Residential, commercial and industrial electrical products require skilled electricians to install, repair, maintain, and upgrade the systems for smooth functioning.