If you ask random people outside the construction and building industry about what electrical contractor companies and electricians do, you will most probably draw a blank. Not many people are familiar with the work of electrical contractor companies and electricians, and that is what this article aims to address.
Legitimate licensed electrical contractor companies and their electricians do the designing, installation, maintenance and repair of electrical systems and electrical projects for residential, commercial and industrial clients. This covers practically all sectors of society. All the necessary electrical parts & supplies for these projects are also supplied by electrical contractor companies.
As part of their maintenance and repair responsibilities, electrical contractor companies and their electricians upgrade and do electrical repairs on electric motors, electrical panels, electrical boxes, control panels, concealed wiring and underground wiring. They are also hired for cable fault locating and they service street lights, parking lot lighting, landscape lighting, commercial lights and security lighting. To respond quickly to emergencies, electrical contractor companies have their fully equipped bucket trucks on standby round the clock.
In geographical areas that are often subject to hurricanes, electrical contractor companies and their electricians are hired to prepare hurricane protection systems, including lightning protection, surge protection through surge protectors, and generator installation, among others.
Residential, commercial and industrial clients also hire electrical contractor companies and their electricians for their government electrical code consulting services. This helps companies and private individuals avoid government code violation either in the case of new construction or to meet government requirements. One example of such a requirement is the 40-Year Building Inspection Program of Miami-Dade County in Florida. It obliges all buildings aged 40 years or more to undergo electric inspection for safety every ten years.
Electrical contractor companies in the United States are divided among three categories. They are line electrical contractors or outside electrical contractors; inside electrical contractors; and voice/data/video (VDV) electrical contractors or integrated building systems (IBS) electrical contractors.
Line electrical contractors are also called outside electrical contractors but this does not mean that they only work outdoors. Line electrical contractors and their electricians instead work on the jobs involving the highest voltages because their responsibilities begin from power plants and extend to power transmission down the line to power substations, power facilities and power users. They handle power plant equipment, electric generation and hydroelectric energy systems.
Inside electrical contractors do not necessarily just work indoors, either. The term inside means that inside electrical contractors and their electricians design, install, maintain and repair only the electrical systems that are within the property boundary lines of their clients, whether residential, commercial or industrial. This separates their work from the work of line electrical contractors or outside electrical contractors.
Inside electrical contractors and their electricians do home energy audits and handle heat tracing, electric meters, circuit breakers, junction boxes, fuse boxes and fuses, switches, electric wires, indoor lighting, outdoor lighting, recessed lighting, outdoor fans, patio fans, ceiling fans and ceiling fan repair and water heaters.
Voice/data/video (VDV) electrical contractors or integrated building systems (IBS) electrical contractors and their electricians work on the jobs involving the lowest voltages because their responsibilities are related to back-up or emergency electrical & lighting systems from auxiliary power generators; power monitoring; energy efficient lighting from solar energy or wind energy; climate control systems including fire detectors, smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detectors and exhaust fans; security systems; telecommunications systems including closed circuit television and wireless networks; and fiber optics.
The work of electrical contractor companies and their electricians has a direct impact on each and every sector of society. It is only right that their contribution to the smooth flow of daily life and continued development is recognized.