Commercial Electrician

Install and repair electrical wiring in warehouses and businesses.
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Quick Stats


Salary Range
$29,000 – $81,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Commercial Electricians do?

A modern office is abuzz with electricity. Computers, microwaves, coffee pots, and cell phone chargers all depend on an outside source of power, and if those machines couldn’t access electricity, they’d stop working and office workers would leave their cubicles and head home in revolt. Commercial Electricians installs these systems in new commercial buildings such as offices, restaurants, and hotels. Commercial Electricians also repair those systems when they fail.

Electrical Engineers design the systems in new buildings in consultation with Architects. As a Commercial Electrician, you’re given colorful drawings that outline where the power should flow and how it should be set up.

Powering up a new building involves pulling cable, stringing it through the walls and the ceiling, and attaching it to outlets, lights, and appliances. It often takes days to complete one job. At the end of your work, you test the system thoroughly and make sure it works properly.

You might also install sophisticated systems that run on electricity, such as fire alarms and telephones. Again, you’re following the instructions of an Electrical Engineer, and you test each system when you’re done to make sure it is functioning properly.

When electrical systems in existing buildings fail, you have a bit of Detective work to do. Using sophisticated tools, you test outlets, cables, and wiring until you find the faulty segment, and then you replace that broken part. Safety is of prime importance here, so you make sure all the power is off before you start cutting cable. A nasty zap of electricity could end your work for the week.

Should I be a Commercial Electrician?

You should have a certificate degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Ready for a Challenge: You jump into new projects with initiative and drive.
  • Leader: You're good at taking charge, giving directions, and inspiring other people.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.

  • How to become a Commercial Electrician

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