As a prospective new electrician, you might think that once you get a job in this industry, your sole responsibilities will be around hands-on electrical work. However, there are many more areas to cover when working in a role like this, just like every trade profession.
Whether you’re working for a business, running your own, or even just a solo sparky, there are lots of things you’ll have to do which you probably wouldn’t have expected. Here are some of the regular duties of an electrician so you can get a better idea of what your future job may entail.
Ultimately, your job is to maintain a healthy business, and this, unfortunately, means that important paperwork must be revised and kept up to date, and other administrative duties must be undertaken to ensure the continued success of your company. Some days you may be required to delegate tasks to apprentices and supervise their work, reporting on their daily activities.
You might have to record transactions and import that data into budget sheets, and you most certainly will be required to communicate with clients and customers or suppliers to manage contracts and resources respectively. When you start a role like this, you’ll likely be trained to handle these tasks though, but it’s important to just be prepared.
Of course, as an electrician, a lot of your time will be taken up by electrical tasks. This is where you’ll put all that training to good use by diagnosing faults, installing new electrical systems, repairing old and damaged ones, planning layouts of new electrical fixtures in both homes and commercial buildings, and also running tests on previous electrical work to ensure that it’s safe and compliant with safety regulations.
Checking these electrical systems will require you to know how to complete a full EICR or electrical installation condition report. You will need an EIC report to prove that you’ve thoroughly checked the quality of a particular installation and are happy that it’s still safe and up to regulation standards.
Collaborating With Others
Being an electrician is far from a one-person job. In fact, a lot of the time you’ll be working on jobs with colleagues and even tradespeople from other professions entirely. For example, you may be fitting the electrics for a new build house, and therefore need to work closely with builders as well as architects to ensure everyone is on the same page for the placement of wires, cables, and sockets.
You may also need to develop plans with your colleagues for large installation projects, which may include the generation of blueprints as well as working together to ensure optimal safety specifications.
As mentioned before, a big part of this job is ensuring the business remains successful. This means that you’ll be required to keep customers happy and will likely have some big responsibilities when it comes to customer services. You may be needed to man the phones, using your knowledge and expertise to diagnose issues that customers are having and being able to provide relevant information including the potential cost of a job.
There are many things to remember when it comes to dealing with customers, but generally having a good customer service mentality will help to ensure future work for you and your team and help to boost your business’ reputation too.