Frequently Asked Questions
You will find answers to all of your most common Electrical Services related questions located here.
What is a Commercial Electrician?
A commercial electrician can design electrical wiring and system and work from electrical blueprints to ensure they are safe and compliant to support the needs of a commercial building, business and its electrical systems. They can also maintain, adapt, test and repair electrical wiring and circuits that control power for lighting, heating and cooling units, kitchen systems, refrigeration units and so on.
A commercial electrician can work for themselves, as an electrical contractor (both as long as they have the necessary qualifications and insurance), or for an electrical or facilities company that specialises in commercial electrics.
What does a Commercial Electrician do?
A commercial electrician designs, installs, maintains and repairs electrical wiring and electrical systems and will have the experience of working in large commercial properties, outlets or sites which have extensive electrical wiring systems. They will also have the skills to work alongside many other tradespeople on largescale projects with changing needs and timescales.
What types of jobs does a Commercial Electrician do?
Commercial Electricians will install, maintain and repair wiring systems that control the power in commercial properties including; schools, factories, retail units, leisure facilities, gyms, hotels, council offices, stage and theatres, hospitals, care homes etc.
What type of jobs would a Commercial Electrician be involved in?
- Commercial Office & Industrial Installations
- Remedial Specification & Installation
- Maintenance & Repairs
- Interior and Exterior Lighting
- Power and Distribution Installation
- Fire Alarm and Security Systems
- Periodic Inspection and Test Services
- Electric heating & Hot Water heating specialists
- Energy consumption advice & recommendations
- Fault Finding
- Immersion Heaters
- Water Heaters
- Electric Heaters/Radiators
- Commercial Kitchen Electrical Installation, Repair & Maintenance
- Refrigeration Systems
- Air Conditioning Systems
- Towel Rails
- Extractor Fans
- Electric Commercial Kitchens & Cooker Points
- Lighting & Power Installations
- Fuseboard/Consumer Units
- Partial or Complete Rewiring
- Electrical Condition report
- Earth Bonding Testing
What is the difference between a Commercial Electrician and a Domestic Electrician?
Commercial Electricians work in offices, retail units, factories, commercial buildings and sites installing electrical systems for power outlets, lighting and wiring. They will have the knowledge of wiring to support large buildings and systems compared to a Domestic Electrician who will have the experience of working in smaller residential properties.
What qualifications should a Commercial Electrician have?
A commercial Electrician will have an industry recognised level 3 qualification, for example, a level 3 diploma in electrotechnical services. Most people qualify as an electrician through an apprenticeship as they need both classroom training and work experience to gain the skills they need and it can take anything from two to four years to become fully qualified.
Anyone who carries out electrical work needs to be able to satisfy the requirements of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 and the Electricity at Work Regulations 1989.
What skills should a Commercial Electrician have in addition they industry qualifications?
As well as their technical skills and qualifications, a Commercial Electrician should also have:
- The ability to understand electrical plans, designs & blueprints
- Excellent attention to detail
- Good communication skills
- Excellent problem-solving skills
- Be able to work as part of a team, working on large scale projects and builds with changing needs, plans and timescales
- The ability to be able to deal with complex and demanding on and off-site situations
What should you do if you have a problem with your Commercial Electrics?
The electrics in your business or home should only be looked at by a qualified electrician as incorrect wiring and electrical systems can cause fire, damage to equipment and electric shocks. If an electrical system has surges or short circuits this can cause electrical fires, damage to the wiring which can cause problems and fires later down the line, as well as damaging electrical equipment connected to the same circuit. If you think you have an electrical problem or your electrics haven’t been checked and tested in your commercial property then you should contact a Commercial electrician quickly.