Being an independent electrician, much like many other skill-based professions, can be a lucrative career. We live in a world that is mostly run by electricity, and that means there is a significant array of electronics and electrical devices we all use. The time usually comes around when everybody would need the expertise of a qualified and licensed electrician to handle a variety of electrical problems.
If you are thinking of a change in work direction, or are just deciding on the type of career you’d like. Becoming a fully-trained and qualified electrician, may be the career for you. Part of the learning and training will include several types of programs that cover different fields of electrical engineering. Aside from these basic requirements, you also need to be in good shape, physically and mentally.
Electrical engineering is broad and thus present numerous opportunities regarding areas to specialise in. Overall, being an electrical technician requires knowing how to read different electric blueprints and technically designed diagrams that constitute an electronic system. It also involves knowing about how to connect different circuits, wires, fuses, and other pieces of electronic or electrical components.
While having an understanding in the field of electronics and electricity is important. Getting the right training and certification for a certified program that has international recognition, dramatically improves your chances of gets work as an independent electrical technician.
Some of the top organisation worth being affiliated with or to gain a certificate from include the IEC (Independent Electrical Contractors), NECA (National Electrical Contractors Association), and IBEW (International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers), and the NICEIC (National Inspection Council for Electrical Installation Contracting in the UK).
Taking the courses and training related to becoming an independent electrician is the start of the process. Since technology keeps evolving and new innovative gadgets and electronic equipment are introduced to us all fairly frequently. It is important for electricians, and electronic engineers to keep up with the latest solutions within their professional field. This will ensure they have the necessary knowledge and understand of current electrical application styles.
If you are thinking of taking the route to becoming an independent electrician. You should go down the professional route and get fully trained within the profession. Once qualified, always make sure that you get the required licenses and legal permits that allow you to work as an independent electrical specialist.
Just remember to keep all certifications, permits and licenses up to date, to avoid being disqualified from doing certain electrical work. And to adhere to existing laws, regulations and standards of safety practices.