Utah Electrical Licenses: Master Electricians and State Validity

In part one of this two-part blog series, we went over some basics on the different electrical licenses you might see for an electrician in Utah. This state requires that all electricians, both residential and commercial, carry licensure for any jobs, and there are a few different types or tiers that you might find depending on the job you require.

At Orange Electric, all of our commercial electricians carry full licensure, plus proper insurance coverage to ensure both parties are protected at all times. If you have a need for particular skills that require a higher level of licensure, we have electricians at the ready to meet it. Today’s part two of our series will go over the upper tiers of electrical licensing in Utah, plus a quick word on whether these licenses are valid in other states nearby.

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Master Electrician

The highest threshold available for electricians when it comes to licensure is Master Electrician. There are actually three ways someone can qualify for this title:

  • Completing four years of experience as a licensed Journeyman Electrician (we went over this license format in part one).
  • Graduate trade school with a two-year associate’s degree, then work as a licensed Journeyman Electrician for two years.
  • Graduate with a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from an EAC/ABET-accredited school, then work as a licensed electrician for at least one year.

Master Electricians can work in any setting, plus are licensed to both plan and supervise complex electrical projects, including in commercial facilities.

Residential Master Electrician

Like with Journeyman Electrician licenses, there are both overall and residential options available for Master electricians. Residential Master Electricians have fewer requirements than general Master Electricians: Applicants must work as a Residential Journeyman Electrician for at least two years while accumulating at least 4,000 on-the-job hours.

Residential Masters are, as you may have guessed, not licensed to work on commercial jobs. However, they can plan and supervise complex residential jobs.

Validity in Other States

One common question we get from some clients, especially those who have facilities in more than one state surrounding Utah or the Southwest area: Do Utah’s electrical licenses transfer? In certain cases, the answer is yes.

Specifically, Utah has what are known as reciprocal license agreements with these states: Arizona, California, Louisiana, Nevada and South Carolina. In just these five states, those with licenses from Utah are able to work on jobs. However, for any other state, separate licensure must be obtained before this can be done legally – and each state will have its own set of reciprocal agreements (some have none).

For more on electrician licenses in Utah, or to learn about any of our commercial electrical services, speak to the staff at Orange Electric today.

Utah Electrical Licenses: Requirements and Lower Tiers

For any business owner or manager looking for quality commercial electrician services, assessing qualifications is vital. At the top of this list is ensuring any electrician you work with is fully licensed within the state.

At Orange Electric, we’re proud to offer commercial electrician services that are only ever carried out by fully-licensed electricians with the state of Utah, plus include proper insurance coverage for both our company and your property. Did you realize that there are actual multiple forms of electrical license available in our state? This two-part blog series will go over how the state works in terms of these licenses, the different licenses you might see on the market, and some other important details.

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Utah and Electrical Licenses

All electricians performing work in the state of Utah are required to obtain and maintain an electrical license. This process is controlled and carried out by the Utah Department of Commerce, Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing.

To become a licensed electrician under this format, one must first become an apprentice. This involves submitting an application with employer information, which has a small cost. From here, not only must the apprenticeship be completed, the individual must also obtain significant on-the-job hours as an apprentice to become licensed – and this is the primary area where differences show up in terms of the various licenses available. Our next few sections will go over these different license types.

Journeyman Electrician

A basic tier of electrical license in Utah is for Journeyman Electrician. This title requires that the individual finish an approved apprenticeship, plus accumulate at least 8,000 on-the-job hours over a period of four or more years.

In other cases, the requirement might be 16,000 or more on-the-job hours over at least eight years. Once licensed, Journeyman Electricians can work on a variety of job sites, including both commercial and industrial.

Residential Journeyman Electrician

A slightly lower tier here is the Residential Journeyman Electrician, who must finish their approved apprenticeship and complete at least 4,000 on-the-job training hours in two years or more. There might be alternative programs here requiring 8,000 hours over four years or more.

However, as their title suggests, Residential Journeyman Electricians are not licensed to work on commercial settings, but rather are limited only to residential work. Within this limitation, Residential Journeyman Electricians who have not achieved Master status – more on this in part two of our series – will not be allowed to plan and supervise projects, only work on them.

For more on the different electrical licenses available in Utah and which kind you should be prioritizing for your next commercial job, or to learn about any of our commercial electrical services, speak to the staff at Orange Electric today.

Importance of Wiring in Commercial Electrical Upgrades

There are numerous factors you might be evaluating when it comes to your commercial electrical needs, and wiring will always be on this list. Particularly for growing companies considering expansion, either within their facility or to a new one, ensuring the quality and coordination of wiring is one of the key tasks here.

At Orange Electric, we’re proud to offer a wide range of commercial electrician services, from any repairs or upgrades you require in your current building to assistance with new electrical builds and setups, plus numerous areas in between. When it comes to expanding industrial or commercial facilities, here are a few of the specifics we’ll often advise you on when it comes to wiring, future planning and the role our electricians will take in this process.

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Problems With “Future-Proof” Wiring

For those making future plans for their facility with electricity and wiring in mind, a common term you might hear in the industry is “future-proof” wiring. The idea here is somewhat apparent: Modern building owners are looking for wiring solutions that won’t simply be obsolete in a decade, forcing more changes if they want to upgrade.

The issue with this term, however, is that electrical wiring technology is advancing quite quickly. This isn’t to say there’s nothing you can do to plan for the future – we’ll go over several areas you can hit in just a moment – but more than “future-proof” wiring really isn’t a thing at this point in time. That said, we’ll point you toward the latest and most prudent form of wiring for any upgrade or new build you’re considering through our electricians.

Planning for the Future

Once again, just because there’s not really any such thing as future-proof wiring today doesn’t mean you can’t take some robust planning steps in this area. There are numerous wiring best practices that will be carried out by our electricians, vital practices for standardizing connections and ensuring the system performs optimally.

One of these might include circuit conductor performance evaluations, for instance. If a given circuit in your building has too many receptacles, it may risk the integrity of certain electronics or appliances. If this is an issue for your expansion or upgrade, we may install dedicated circuits for high-capacity or sensitive equipment. In addition, there are several other areas where we’ll work with you to ensure wires are well set-up for the future.

Working With Professionals

The realm of wiring is one area that helps make clear the value of working with professional electrical contractors for your commercial needs. Not only is attempting to upgrade wiring on your own incredibly dangerous if you don’t have the proper training, it will also risk the long-term viability of your setup and may even create significant dangers in the building, including fire risks.

For more on the importance of wiring in any commercial electrical upgrade, or to learn about any of our commercial electrician services, speak to the staff at Orange Electric today.