“Real Life” – Becoming a Commercial Electrician

There are 4 types of electricians: residential, commercial, journeymen, and master electricians. Each type has specific job tasks and work settings distinct from the others. In order to ensure you are choosing the right type of electrical career for you, read on to discover the exciting opportunities of a commercial electrician!

When choosing a career path, it can help to envision the tasks you’d be expected to perform in your field. In this week’s post, we focus on becoming a commercial electrician and the specific job tasks of this field; a field that we here at NCE proudly can prepare you for in our Electrical Technician Program.

Firstly, a commercial electrician is one that works in commercial buildings, on construction sites, and on mechanical electrical systems. They deal with many aspects of installation, including that of water heaters, commercial security systems, luminaries, and electronic key systems. They may also deal with troubleshooting and upgrading systems due to faulty wiring.

Secondly, the work of a commercial electrician has direct effects on public safety, making the standards they must follow quite strict. Usually, before one earns their license as a commercial electrician, one must work under a master electrician (highly skilled electricians that are trained and experienced supervisors or owners of their own contracting business).

Finally, there are specific job tasks expected of commercial electricians that set them a part of the rest. We’ve listed the following tasks of a commercial electrician below, but check out this video too, for a visual of these tasks at work:

  •        Handling Materials
  •        Prepping Steel Wall Studs
  •        Pulling BX Cable
  •        Pulling Wire through Conduit
  •        Installing Wall Plugs (Both Rough-In and Finishing Phases)
  •        Installing Light Fixtures (Both Rough-In and Finishing Phases)
  •        Termination of Large Conductors
  •        Installing Cable Trays
  •        Installing Conduit
  •        Installing Switch Gear
  •        Installing Bus Duct

The electrical field is growing rapidly along with building and construction needs. Therefore, highly qualified electrical technicians are critical. Our Electrical Technician Program combines practical and theoretical knowledge to prepare students to enter this field, perform the tasks above, and open the door to endless possibilities. Accredited by the nationally recognized accrediting agency, Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC), NCE is dedicated to empowering and fostering our students’ skill sets, knowledge, and livelihoods.

For more information about our Electrical Technician Program and the plethora of opportunities available, follow us on Facebook or contact one of our wonderful admissions representatives today!