An electrician is a professional tradesman practicing in the field of electrical wiring of establishments, transmission lines, electrical machines, and similar equipment. Electricians can be employed either in the installation of newer electrical units within an establishment or the repair and maintenance of existing electrical machinery. Electricians perform their duties with the aid of wiring and / or tools; and operate their electrical apparatus by means of circuits, motors and generators. The chief benefit of employing an electrician is that this individual possesses extensive knowledge pertaining to the electrical appliances and can easily make suggestions regarding their proper functioning. They are also well equipped with knowledge pertaining to construction regulation and safety.
The scope of work of an electrician generally includes fixing, installing, repairing and refurbishing lights, appliances, wiring, fuses, outlets, locks, valves and lighting systems. Electricians are also called as ‘Light Doctors’ owing to the fact that they are required to evaluate and suggest the appropriate modification to a light bulb or electrical wiring system after obtaining adequate information from clients or users. Electricians are also instrumental in providing information regarding various lighting systems. In addition to their day-to-day task of installing, repairing and refurbishing electrical equipment, they also undertake maintenance work on different electrical equipment on a weekly basis. Electrician plays a significant role in municipal planning and development and is tasked with ensuring safe and smooth implementation of various building and energy regulations. As a result, their services are highly sought after in many parts of the country.
A qualified electrician possesses the basic skills and knowledge on electrical wiring components and on reading and interpreting blueprints. Electrician training usually covers courses offered at technical schools and vocational schools. Courses are offered for a stipulated number of hours. After acquiring an electrical power license (e.g. state electrician), the electrician can find employment immediately. In addition to offering training in practical workshops, most vocational schools also offer degree courses and certificate programs on electrical power.