Commercial vs Domestic Electricians
What separates commercial and domestic electricians? If you’re looking to get into the electrical trade, then the answer to this question could define your future career progression. That said, there’s no need to make a decision from the outset: many electricians start by training to carry out work in domestic environments and then go on to qualify as commercial electricians.
This guide will begin by explaining the main differences between commercial and domestic electricians in terms of qualifications and training. From here, we’ll cover the different roles and responsibilities associated with the two jobs. Finally, the guide will provide information on the wages you can expect to earn for each of the roles.
Qualifications and Training
When you start out in your career as an electrician, you can choose to become an apprentice, study a diploma, or take part in domestic installer courses (see our guide on how to become an electrician for more on this). Domestic electricians can train up and gain the necessary qualifications much more quickly than fully qualified commercial electricians.
The fastest route to becoming a domestic electrician is to take a domestic installer course. Most of these programmes will train and assess you in important topics such as the wiring regulations, electrical installation tasks, Part-P regulations, and inspection/testing, preparing you for all parts of the domestic electrician role.
Only fully qualified electricians can work in commercial environments on more advanced tasks. Before you begin to specialise, you’ll need to obtain an electrotechnical qualification – either a Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Electrotechnical Services (Maintaining Electrotechnical Systems) or a Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Installing Electrotechnical Systems & Equipment (Buildings, Structure and the Environment). If you took the apprentice route to start with, then you’ll require the Level 3 Diploma in Electrical Installations (Buildings and Structures) before progressing.
Licences, Permits & Registrations
An Electrical Permit may only be issued to a person who is the holder of an Electrical Contractor’s Registration Certificate. Registered Electrical Contractors must complete and submit the Electrical Contractor’s Representative Inspection Report prior to the Government Service Centre issuing Connection Authorizations and/or Certificates of Inspection on behalf of the Chief Electrical Inspector.
Registered Electrical Contractors
Active Electrical Contractors in the province, as of June 12, 2020.
Electrical Permits and Inspections
To ensure public safety, approval must be issued before the installation or repair of any electrical equipment commences.
Electrical Maintenance Permit
Approval is required from the Government Service Centre to maintain a building’s electrical system.
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commercial services include:
Preventative and Scheduled Maintenance
Emergency Service, Fault Finding & Repairs
Lighting Design, Exit & Emergency Lighting
Installations & Project Management
Thermal Graphic Scanning
Switchboard Labelling, Circuit Tracing & Identification
RCD Testing, Safety Switches, Testing & Tagging
Data & Communication, Audio & Visual
The Commercial Electrician Program is designed to prepare students for commercial entry-level electrician positions. Building and equipping electrical power generating plants, installation and servicing of electrical systems for stores, homes, and office buildings that use electrical energy for heating, lighting, cooling are other operations among the career opportunities for which students will prepare.
The need for a commercial electrician as oppose to a residential electrician is the fact that commercial buildings require a different type of electrical work, mainly based on the fact that a lot more electricity is needed in comparison to a residential building. Our Commercial Electrician program focuses on commercial wiring, motors, transformers, generators, raceways, and National Electric Code (NEC) standards. Students will learn the knowledge and skills needed to install, repair, and maintain commercial electrical systems.
As the name suggests, commercial electricians work in commercial places and properties, such as retail stores, schools and office buildings. The average salary for an electrician in Louisiana is $24.43 per hour/$50,810 per year
Commercial Electrician Services
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no job is too big, too small or too complex. Our team of fully licensed commercial electricians ensure each and every one of your project requirements are fulfilled. That means we adhere to the budget, adhere to the schedule, are always available to answer questions and address concerns and review all work prior to declaring the project finished.
A Foundation of Trust
Every member of our team from Master Electrician to apprentice is dedicated to the task at hand and each spends long hours every year upgrading and honing their skills. Our knowledge of the industry, of established standards and regulations and, of course, best safety practices means your project will get done right the first time. While some companies work hard to pad the bill we believe that the best path to success is to build trust with our clients. Therefore you’ll never see any phantom costs on one of our bills or hear a litany of excuses from our commercial electricians about why we missed the deadline.
offer a full range of electric commercial services
Lighting – We handle everything from subdued hotel lighting to sophisticated restaurant lighting to state-of-the-art club lighting and everything in between. Need to upgrade to high efficiency LED lighting in your factory or warehouse? We can do that too.
Panel upgrades and changes – If the wiring in your older office building is starting to buckle under the pressure of modern power demands we can upgrade or replace your current Electricians panel and bring you in line with the times.
Electricians troubleshooting – Sometimes it can seem like there are ghosts in the wiring. If you’re experiencing unexpected, unusual or disruptive Electricians events give Hotwire a call. Our commercial electricians will get to the bottom of it quickly.
Permitting – Nothing can get done on an Electricians services in the GTA without proper permitting. Some companies will insist you arrange all the permits ahead of time for them. Not us. We handle all aspects of the permitting process so your project moves ahead without delay or interruption.
Plugs for your electric vehicles – After being talked about for decades electric vehicles are finally here in numbers. If your company has recently purchased electric vehicles to augment your fleet you’re going to need outlets through which they can recharge. We’ll install them for you.
Protecting your valuable data – It’s estimated that nearly $30 billion is lost every year in North America to power surges. That means your company’s valuable data along with printers, copiers, scanners, alarm systems and more could be at risk. We can install surge suppression devices that will protect all your Electricians devices as well as the lifeblood of your company; your data, from debilitating Electricians surges
Maintenance and Repair by our Commercial Electricians
Our fully licensed electricians provide your company with the dependable, affordable Electricians maintenance services you need to keep your business on the cutting edge. Whether it’s a routine monthly check-up of your hardware or an emergency call prompted by a natural disaster we’re there for you assessing the situation quickly and correctly and performing whatever mitigation services are necessary to keep you or get you up and running. If repairs are necessary we provide free estimates and in most cases, can get underway as soon as we have your okay. If large scale repairs are necessary we’ll discuss all options with you so you can make an informed decision before proceeding.