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The Electrician's Role

Author : Mark Preston

The electrician deals with all of or some of the electrical components in the construction of a house or business; as well as machines and appliances. It requires a very firm understanding of mathematical formulas and electrical theory and practice and takes years of school and apprenticeships and licensing to become one. It is a well-paying trade and certainly a dangerous one, too.

Electricians work in an array of fields from construction of houses and buildings, to large machines and small appliances, to automobiles and ships and airplanes. It is certainly one of the more intricate and detail oriented job, and it is also one of the most important for potential safety issues.

They are involved in various aspects of the building process, sometimes from practical design and layout to the actual construction and maintenance. For instance, the electrician may be called in at the initial design stages and look over the architects plans and determine how the electrical components will be applied to the building. From where to place power sources to fuse boxes and cut-off switches, to what sort of tubing will hold the wire running through the building and in what path this wiring will travel.

The electrician, versed in mathematical and electrical theory and practice, will be able to deliver the electrical needs to the building or machine. Whether it be an average size house that will require various electrical outputs and sockets to complete everyday tasks and where to run write to avoid fire hazards and where it can again be easily reached for maintenance. The electrician might do seemingly simple maintenance or installation, such as switches and light sockets.

In machinery, they can help determine where certain elements will be placed, this during the design phase, and then be involved with the maintenance. For machines in factories performing various jobs, the electrician will be the one called when it breaks down.

In automobiles and planes and ships they will, similarly, provide maintenance of the electrical system. If lighting systems are not working even though all small checks have been complete such as working bulbs and switches, they will come in and discover the root problem. They will also be involved in the upgrading of electrical systems in homes and machines and public infrastructure.

The public arena may be a place for this skilled laborer, involved in infrastructure, such as the design of new systems in new developments, of the maintenance of existing systems. It is them that you see climbed at the top of street lights, rewiring lights and working on transformers.

The electrician deals with all electrical output and maintenance, and sometimes design, wherever electricity needs to be delivered to -- homes, buildings, street lights, grids, power stations, appliances, and machinery.

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