Electricians install, maintain and repair electrical systems in industrial, commercial and domestic environments in both indoor and outdoor settings.
Electrical equipment and systems may include switchboards, motors, cables, fuses, thermal relays, fault current protection switches, heating, lighting, air conditioning and metering equipment as well as crime and fire alarm systems and renewable energy technologies.
They will use engineering knowledge and understanding to apply their technical and practical skills to the design, development, manufacture, construction, commissioning, operation or maintenance of products, equipment, processes, systems or services.
Qualified electricians are able to set out jobs from drawings and specifications, requisition the necessary installation materials and work proficiently on their own in an efficient and economical manner, without immediate supervision.
Electrical safety is an important area of an electrician's work -they must adhere to safe working practices without endangering themselves or others and, on completion of a job, the electrical systems must be safe to use.
Electricians must understand and apply health and safety and environmental regulations, guidance notes and relevant codes of practice; and adhere to the requirements of the current edition of the industry wiring regulations.
Installation electricians work on the installation, testing, commissioning and maintenance of low voltage (less than 1000v) electrical and electronic devices and appliances.
Maintenance electricians work on the maintenance of electrical and electronic installations including automated production systems. Duties include the supervision, maintenance and necessary repairs of equipment.