While a commercial electrician and an industrial electrician sound like they do the same thing, nothing can be further from the truth. However, there are some similarities between the two.
Similarities Between Commercial and Industrial Electricians
Both commercial and industrial electricians start with basic electrical knowledge, but there are several other similarities. Both positions require that you have:
- Earned your high school diploma
- Participated in an electrician apprenticeship
- Attended industry-specific training and classes
- Completed 8,000 t0 10,000 hours of on-the-job training
- Passed a certification exam
The foundation of their skill set might be in basic electrical knowledge, but the application of their extended training is what truly defines the two.
Work Experience of Commercial Electricians
Most commercial electricians work in apartment buildings, retail establishments, offices, and sometimes food service businesses. They typically perform the following tasks:
- Running three-wire systems through conduit
- Ensuring that the electrical components and wiring function efficiently and safely
- Performing common electrical repairs and installation of specific equipment
- Wiring breaker panels, transformers, and lighting systems
- Occasionally installing HVAC systems and backup generators
Work Experience of Industrial Electricians
Industrial electricians typically perform all of the tasks that a commercial electrician handles but require additional education and training to perform specific industrial tasks. This additional training depends on the industry that the industrial electrician work in. This training determines what types of jobs and projects the electrician can work on. This training is critical to ensure the accuracy and thorough knowledge of this field. For example, manufacturing facilities have power requirements that are far different from those encountered within commercial businesses. Some of the issues industrial electricians need to be ready to perform include:
- Handling high-voltage electrical systems commonly associated with industrial processes
- Installing electrical systems and components for industry-specific equipment.
- Troubleshooting issues with controls and electronics within the industrial electrical systems
- Inspecting on machinery and equipment in industrial structures
- Installing power conductors to reduce interference with the control systems and other electronic devices
- Ensuring the proper grounding of manufacturing systems and equipment
- Maintaining and repairing electrical systems and components to reduce potential work stoppage due to electrical or equipment failure.
Another important thing that both industrial and commercial electricians have in common is that the businesses and industries that they serve rely on their dependability and competence. A mistake in wiring or installing electrical equipment can lead to costly equipment repairs or replacement or work stoppages, both of which cost the company lots of money.
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