Electrician Types: Training and Differentiation

In part one of this two-part blog series, we went over some of the basic similarities and differences between the three primary forms of electricians. Residential, commercial and industrial electricians will certainly share certain basic areas of training, but will also serve very different areas and require entirely unique skill sets depending on the circumstances in which they’re working.

At Orange Electric, our primary services are in the commercial electrician field, though we also offer others to many clients. Our commercial electricians boast a specific array of skills that are used in commercial office buildings, stores and similar locations, from basic wiring and power outlet setups to major commercial electrical builds and repairs depending on your needs. Today’s part two of our series will dig into one more important area when it comes to the qualities of these electricians, plus how to make your eventual choice.

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Training and Apprenticeship

One general area where these three electrician types are relatively similar is in the length of time it takes to obtain proper training and licensure. All electricians will go through a lengthy academic and hands-on training process, which typically includes at least four years of overall training and as many as five or six. One of the most significant parts of this training will be during an apprenticeship, where the trainee will work with an experienced electrician in the field to get hands-on knowledge.

Now, while the length of time involved here will often be relatively similar, the actual areas covered during this training will vary significantly. As we noted in part one of our series, electricians in various settings handle a varying range of wiring and other needs, and many of these areas involve very specific training themes that will be given or not given based on which field the electrician will ultimately end up in. While all electricians will spend a similar amount of time learning their craft, they’ll do so in very different ways.

Choosing Commercial Vs. Industrial

As you’ve likely gleaned from reading to this point, residential electricians are relatively easy to set apart from the other two types. Any electrical needs for your home, involving single-phase power supplies, will be handled by a residential electrician.

For jobs outside the home, however, the lines can be a bit blurrier. When does a given facility cross over from commercial to industrial? While the latter generally refers to larger facilities like manufacturing plants, the true differentiator is the type of electrical systems maintainedindustrial electricians will often be called on for system types like micro-currents and high-voltage components, while commercial electricians tend to run simpler MTC and MC cable.

For more on the varying types of electricians and how they’re different, or to learn about any of our commercial electrical services, speak to the staff at Orange Electric today.