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What are the working conditions for an Electrician?


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Jerad’s Answer

The working conditions are going to vary based on the type of electrical work that you are doing. Residential and Commercial electrical work can be done both outside in the elements and inside homes or buildings. I would encourage you to also look into the electrical utility industry as a route that you could also go into. Working for a electric utility company or contractor building and maintaining power lines or substations is a very rewarding job that is still going to work with electricity, just much higher voltages. One thing to keep in mind is that if you are working for a utility company the majority of the work is going to be outside in the elements and you could have the option to travel across the country when natural disasters affect different regions of the country. If you decide that you want to explore this option reach out to a local IBEW union hall and they can help answer any addition questions or get you started in the industry. Good luck on your career search!

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Caitlin’s Answer

Of course the type of electrician is important: Residential? Commercial? Theatrical? Any of these require an investment in good shoes and a pair of gloves. And just because you work with lighting, doesn’t mean you won’t be in the dark much of the time. Get a good LED headlamp—some can even charge via a USB cable. Become aware of who is helpful on your crew and who might be there to give you a hard time. Listen lots, ask questions when necessary—clarification can go a long way in making a project go smoother or proving that you really do understand what’s going on. Show up on time, or even early. Chances are your shifts could be early or late so figure out how to be dependable regardless of the start time. This should be a ‘living wage’ gig, so appreciate that you have a real skill set that matters. However, the long range goal, like in baseball, is to get home safe—watch out for yourself and others.

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Nixon’s Answer

The career of an electrician varies depending on the job responsibilities. If you want to excel in this field don't just be a mere electrician but try to add something on top 🔝. Be an electrician and understand automation systems which includes scada, dcs, and plc's. Then you're good to go, good job market and security with good money 💰.

Hi Nixon, this is a good answer but can you explain a little more about the working conditions? Gurpreet Lally

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James’s Answer

it depends on the job site location and what kind of job it is, most of the time you are outside in the elements , so you will want to have the appropriate gear and remember that layers are better, that way you can control you comfort better.

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