Electricity is one of those things that you only notice once it’s not there anymore. Although we are more dependent on it than probably any other of humanity’s discoveries, it’s only when your phone’s battery indicator starts blinking, the light bulb needs changing or the fuse has blown, that we realize how much our lives hinge on having electrical power at our disposal.
What Exactly Do Electricians Do?
And what do we do when the power goes out? Obviously, we call an electrician. But have you ever wondered what exactly does he or she do? They’re not wizards, snapping their fingers and restoring light and technology all around us, they just have extensive knowledge and experience in handling electric power related issues.
So without further ado, here are an electrician’s main occupations:
- All buildings need electricity, and naturally, someone has to create the entire electrical system, in both plan and execution. Aside from their ability to build an electrical system from scratch, electricians are able to properly read a building’s blueprints and precisely tell where all the panel boards, circuits, outlets and any other electrical parts are located.
- All that technology in your home or office, from your phone to your computer, or the entire building’s security system, they all work relying on the platform that an electrician has set up. Also, regular visits and maintenance work is required to keep everything running in the long term.
- Electric circuits and materials lose reliability with age and need constant monitoring and replacement. Wires, fuses or circuit breakers need constant monitoring and proper replacement because the consequences of a faulty piece in the electrical jigsaw puzzle could potentially have fatal consequences. And who has the know-how and tools to properly do this and make sure the building complies with safety standards? You guessed it, an electrician. Here is what an electrical inspection looks like.
- Nowadays fiber optic cables are a necessity for any type of building, from residential to the office or commercial; therefore specialized telecommunications electricians are responsible for putting them in and maintaining them throughout the years.
- Last but not least, someone has to pass along the torch and help make the electricians of tomorrow. So another thing some senior electricians do is educate the apprentices because as much as we need electricity today, all recent huge technological advances like mobile devices and electric cars show that we’ll need it much more tomorrow.
So there you have it, now you know what these wonderful people who come into your house in their jumpsuits actually do and why their skills and expertise are absolutely vital in every aspect and at every moment of our lives, from the alarm clock that wakes us up in the morning to the alarm system that keeps us safe at night.