High Suggestions for Newbie or Beginner Electricians
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Working as a craft electrician is a great idea. There are so many advantages – like the fact that you are always studying and no two days are the same. Then of course there’s the fact that if you have enough experience to start your own business, you can work your own hours at your own rates. That being said, it’s really hard work, especially at the beginning. The work is hard, the hours are long, and you are likely to make more than a few mistakes in the beginning. However, if you are prepared for it, it is a very rewarding job. We’re going to go over a few tips and tricks to make it easier for people entering this field right now.
Know your terms
It is very important to know the conditions of the equipment as well as the parts that you will be working on. This enables clear communication between you and your customers or people you work with. It also helps avoid misunderstandings and get the job done faster. Plus, it reassures your customers that you know what you are doing. We are not talking about basic concepts here either. Most people know what kind of electrical current it is, but not everyone will know about pressure switches. Knowing the current equipment and tool conditions is also helpful in assessing a problem and knowing what to order in order to fix it.
Get the right tools
Every type of trade requires tools, and electronics trading is no different. You will, of course, need all of the basics that you can find in a regular toolbox, but that won’t be enough. You also need specialized tools, especially because being an electrician involves so much fine-tuning on wiring and you need tools that allow you to work on those little parts without damaging them. However, tools are expensive so you may not be able to get all of them right away. This is completely right! As long as you have the basics, you should be fine until you can afford to expand your choice of tools. You will likely keep replacing your tools with better ones.
Don’t be afraid to ask for help
There is no shame in asking for help. If you’re just starting out as an electrician, you likely work as an apprentice or assistant, which means you have a mentor. Don’t forget that they are there to help you. In fact, instead of trying to do something that you are not sure about and make a mistake, they will likely appreciate your asking for help. Likewise, you should be able to admit when you don’t know the answer to a problem. Most people avoid asking for help because they’re too proud, but because of that there are people who are more experienced – so they can help you. Nobody knew everything why leadership is so incredibly important.
Theory is important
You probably had to study to some degree to get where you are now and work as an electrician. Do you remember all of the information you had to remember? Well, unfortunately you will need that. Many people make the mistake of assuming that you don’t need to know the theory behind the trades because you will be working with your hands. While the craft doesn’t require as much theoretical work as other subjects because it’s more practical, you still need that knowledge in order to know how to assess and fix problems. So, don’t get rid of all textbooks just yet.
Safety is the most important aspect of being an electrician. And not just for new electricians. Skilled electricians often stop setting all safety requirements because they believe they have done a certain job enough times to do it without being injured. No matter how many years you’ve been in the job, you can never be too sure. You must take all reasonable safety precautions not only for yourself but also for the other people in the building. Make sure you have all the necessary equipment to protect yourself and follow all protocols required for your job. Find out more about electrical safety in the workplace here.
As mentioned earlier, being an electrician means there is always room to learn more and improve. Technology changes every day, which means electrical devices and processes are also used. This means you can never stop learning, which in turn means you can never stop practicing. “Practice makes perfect” is such a popular phrase because it is so true. Over time, your technique will improve and you will be able to perform tasks faster and more clearly. So whenever you have some free time, practice, practice, practice. Especially at the beginning.
While it’s true that the trades aren’t as rigid as other office jobs, that doesn’t give you any excuse for being unprofessional. An electrician’s professionalism may look different, but there are still ways to maintain it. You can look neat and always be on time for appointments. Do your job to the best of your ability. There are several other ways to be professional. So try to incorporate them.
Arrange a tariff beforehand
When working with a customer, it is a good idea to discuss all charges in advance, including an estimate of the cost of products. This prevents later conflict or disappointment from both sides. If there are any changes, be sure to let your customer know and explain the additional costs and the reasons for them. Remember that when you start you can’t expect to make as much as someone who has been in the job for a long time. After a few years you can increase your hourly rate.