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Electricians can work anywhere with an electrical supply, including domestic and business premises, public buildings and industrial settings. Electricians install, test, maintain and repair electrical systems and components and specialists work on mains electricity supply cables, phone lines and fiber optic cables. There are three main levels of experience for electricians: apprentice, journeyman and master.
An electrician can perform a number of tasks depending on their level of experience and field of expertise, including:
There are two main types of electricians: linemen, who work outside with high-voltage grid power supply, and wiremen, who work with the lower-voltage domestic supply and usually work inside. Within each category, there are different specialties, but there is more variety for wiremen who can work in a range of different settings.
Any location with electrical power will require electricians, including homes, residential properties and commercial buildings, as well as public buildings such as hospitals, schools and fire stations. There are also electricians working on oil rigs at sea, in remote locations maintaining the power supply and on building sites installing new circuits for buildings as they are being built.
For the most part, electricians have a typical 40 hour work week. However, depending on the exact position and location, overtime may be offered or required.