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.
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.
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.