What is an Electrician?
From an “intelligent” home electrical installation to high voltage (HV) industrial requirements, an electrician installs and maintains domestic and commercial electrical equipment.
What does an Electrician do?
- Perform tests and diagnostics on electrical circuits
- Identify electrical problems and repair and replace wiring
- Service, maintain and repair electrical equipment
- Install lighting systems complete with switches, breakers and sensors
- Upgrade existing electrical systems
- Operate a range of tools including conduit benders, pliers, hacksaws and wire strippers as well as drills, saws and soldering irons
- Read blueprints and other technical documents which locate circuits, outlets, load centers and panel boards
- Install and connect electrical wires to circuit breakers, transformers and outlets
- Plan and draft diagrams for electrical installations
- Perform ongoing inspection and maintenance
- Work in both domestic and commercial environments specialising in either residential work or commercial systems such as power stores, office buildings and elevators
What are an Electrician's Qualifications?
To qualify, an electrician will have completed a four-year apprenticeship and accomplished a QQI Level 6 Advanced Certificate Craft – Electrical or other recognised course i.e. FETAC
Every electrical contractor in Ireland must be registered with Safe Electric Ireland. This registration is renewed yearly, complete with inspection and audit.
Every 5 years an electrician must also renew their Registered Electrical Contractors status via an accredited Verification & Certification course with a Qualified Certifier.
Only registered electricians can provide a Completion Certificate for all major electrical works and Safe Electric can also validate that electrical work meets the required safety standards.
An electrician can also be known as a construction and maintenance electrician, electrical fixtures installer, electrical wirer and wiring electrician