An electrician’s generally defined work is to install and repair wiring and electrical control systems for homeowners, commercial enterprises, and government institutions in buildings. Yet the regular electrical research and construction that goes into projects are different depending on the building’s particular needs and specifications. Furthermore, the result of each day at work varies depending on the specific assignment. This is what the average electrician can expect when looking at a typical day in the job: Electricians typically start their days at the “gang box” about 7 am, which is a colloquial term for the toolbox with all the materials needed to complete the project in construction. Once the electrician is called in to install a building’s wiring, the system is usually complete halfway through.
To begin the day, the electrician needs to study the project’s blueprints and see where the circuit boards and outlets are going. Electricians need to learn national and regional building codes and will use this information when assessing the building’s designs. They ensure that the blueprints remain inside those codes until continuing in doing so. Electricians must go through marching orders after reviewing the blueprints, and assign tasks to each worker. They will also review the project’s safety criteria to ensure the day’s work is done successfully.
After reviewing the project’s safety criteria:
Once all the details from the blueprints have been reviewed and the schedule for the day is set, the electrician goes to work installing wires in the base of the building using devices such as hacksaws, wire strippers, and drills. The length of time it takes to install wires varies depending upon the project. It takes several days at times, and the project can be completed in just a few hours at other times. Electricians will take a lunch break midway through the day, and regroup afterward to continue the project of the day. The electrician checks the wires and sockets associated with the project after the installation to ensure everything is running smoothly.
Upon packing up and finishing the day, they will then have a supervisor review the project to ensure the job meets client standards. The group meets back at the gang box at the end of the day, returns all materials, and reviews the stock list for the next day to ensure the group has all the materials needed for the job. Electricians will order something missing that they will need for certain projects after evaluating the items required for the next day and week ahead. Typically an average day ends at around 3:30 pm. There are also a lot of issues solving going into these projects which can be expected from an electrician on any given day.