3 Essential Skills for Professional Electricians

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Electrician careers are about a whole lot more than just replacing burnt fuses. When it comes to launching a career in the field, you can find yourself setting up new wiring systems on construction sites, doing home or business electrical maintenance, or even combining a variety of tasks by starting your own business!

Regardless of which line of electrical work you’re interested in, there are a few essential skills that you’ll develop from training that will really help you throughout your career. Whether you choose to work with a construction firm, an electrical company, or you want to branch out on your own, here’s a look at three abilities that will directly contribute to your success.

1. Reading Skills

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Reading skills come in handy for reading anything from voltage metres to floor plans

Believe it or not, reading skills are essential in order to succeed in an electrician career. Firstly, you’ll need to be able to read blueprints and diagrams in order to understand wiring set-ups on new construction projects. You’ll be taught how to read blueprints during your training, and you’ll further develop this skill during your apprenticeship.

Reading skills also come in handy for reading wiring and installation instructions for light fixtures or any other appliances you may not be familiar with. Federal and provincial electrical codes are updated quite frequently, and your reading skills will help you understand the technical language so that you can stay up-to-date.

2. Basic Math Skills

Electricians do a lot of measuring, and so basic math skills will come in handy no matter what type of job you’re on during your career. Not only will you learn how to make precise measurements for distance and angles during your electrician training, you’ll also learn how to measure voltages, which you’ll use to design, modify, and repair electrical installations.

As you gain experience in your career, basic math skills will be useful for plenty of tasks. You’ll be able to estimate the amount of time and materials it will take to get a job done, and you’ll get really good at providing customers with pricing estimates and bills for jobs.

3. The Ability to Work Well with Others

Construction sites are full of workers from different disciplines, so communication skills will go a long way!

PAT Institute includes workplace communication skills in the training curriculum, because your ability to effectively communicate on construction sites will take you far in your career. The ability to work well with others will carry you through the guidance and instructions you’ll get during your apprenticeship, and will also help you communicate well with people from diverse backgrounds.

Throughout your career, you’ll work with engineers, architects, and more, and your ability to communicate well will help you decide which procedures and processes will work best on different jobs. Bringing a cooperative spirit to construction sites will help projects run smoothly, and one day, you might find yourself training apprentices by explaining how to perform different tasks!

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