Professional electricians work in various settings. An electrician installs the wiring that carries electrical current throughout houses and other buildings. Electricians must be able to read blueprints to know where outlets, light fixtures and other electrical components are to be placed in a dwelling. Electricians must follow local and state building codes and National Electric Codes. Some people might think that electricians learn their profession on the job, however, licensed electricians are professionals who have taken classes and earned certificates or degrees in the field.
Electricians usually receive their training through community college or technical college programs where they take courses in residential wiring, industrial electrical wiring, National Electrical Code, generators, motors, transformers digital electronics, drafting, reading blue prints and electrical apprenticeship. The courses may vary and be listed under different titles depending upon the school that offers them, but the curriculum prepares the graduate to work as an electrician. There are schools that offer both associate degree and certificates.
Many states require electricians to be licensed. An electrician must apply and be approved to take his or her state licensing exam and passing it successfully allows the professional to practice. In some situations persons with electrician training who do not hold licenses are allowed to work as apprentices or assistants under licensed electricians.
RAD Electrical works with home and business owners to assess electrical problems and develop solutions to common electrical issues. For example, when purchasing an older home, an electrician can inspect the air-conditioning of the home to determine if electrical systems are working correctly. When remodeling, the electrician can make recommendations for placement of electrical components such as light fixtures and switches. Electricians can install special wiring components such as higher voltage
outlets needed for electric ranges and clothes dryers.
It is best to hire a qualified electrician with the proper credentials. There are so many risks that can occur when electrical work is not done correctly. Faulty wiring or overloaded circuits can result in fires, which can destroy a home or business. When electrical components are improperly installed the result can be blown fuses, damage to electronics and appliances and safety risks such as electrical shock.
When hiring an electrician it is important to check his or her credentials and references. He or she should be able to produce proof of training and be licensed in the state of employment. It is also a good idea to contact the local Better Business Bureau to ensure that the electrician to be hired has no complaints on record.