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Finding The Correct Type Of Electrician in Calgary

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Generally, electricians work for electrical companies or are sub-contractors. Their main role is to install, maintain and repair the wiring, lighting, communications, and electrical control systems.

Electricians work in different sectors such as commercial buildings, residential buildings as well as industrial or residential construction sites. They are categorized into two main classes, the outside electricians and the inside electricians. 

 

The outside electricians are also known as the linemen and work outdoors as their name suggests. They deal with the installation of electricity transmitters, and high voltage power distribution systems. Their work is to ensure a steady and smooth flow of electricity from the power plants to the substations and finally to the high voltage lines that power buildings. 

The inside electricians are referred to as the wiremen and they deal with low-voltage that is within structures. They assemble, install, repair, and maintain the electrical systems in buildings. Depending on their specialty, the electricians are then categorized into different types

The Industrial Electrician

An industrial electrician mainly works in a manufacturing setting such as in factories, power plants, and processing plants. They are tasked with the installation, maintenance, diagnostic, and repair of the electrical system and equipment.  They deal with complex machinery as well as the lighting, control, and electrical systems that facilitate smooth manufacturing processes.

 

The Commercial Electrician

A commercial electrician is specialized in installing, maintaining, and repairing, or upgrading electrical and control systems in commercial settings. They are also involved in the designing and implementation of electrical systems in the construction of new office buildings


The Residential Electrician

Personal constructed spaces such as homes, apartments, and studios need a residential electrician to take care of all their electrical needs. A residential electrician will be in charge of installing, inspecting, upgrading, and maintaining the electrical system as well as the air conditioning system, the security system as well as electrical appliances used in the home.


The Auto Electrician

An auto electrician deals with the electrical systems in automotive vehicles. They have practical and in-depth vehicle diagnostic knowledge to ensure the systems operate and perform within safe protocols.


The Maintenance Electrician

A maintenance electrician works in any sector from residential to industrial and is responsible for specialized maintenance, repair, and upgrading of electrical appliances.

The Electrician’s Scope Of Responsibilities

Professional electricians are tasked and capable to carry out the following responsibilities:

  1. Assembling, installation, testing maintenance, and repair of electronic wiring, apparatus, electrical systems, and fixtures using professional and applicable power tools and hand tools.
  2. Inspect, diagnose and fix electrical issues such as malfunctioning systems, damaged wires
  3. Identify safety hazards and advise on appropriate operations to enhance safety
  4. Check and connect wires to electrical components such as the transformers, circuit breakers
  5. Replace or upgrade wiring, fixtures, and other equipment
  6. Maintenance of heating and air conditioning systems
  7. Inspect if the systems adhere to the national electrical code and relevant building regulations
  8. Test the flow of circuit and performance of the electrical systems and equipment using devices such as oscilloscopes, ammeters, ohmmeters, and test lamps to ensure quality, compatibility, and adherence to safety standards
  9. Prepare and plan the technical layout of wiring,  fixtures, and equipment in all types of buildings

Selecting A Good Qualified Electrician In Calgary

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There are different electrical-related instances where an electrician’s expertise is required. It is paramount to choose a professional contractor who has the expertise and capability to perform and complete the project at hand successfully. Selecting a good electrician from several options can be overwhelming but several important factors when considered will ease the process and help in selecting a suitable contractor.

Before deciding on an electrician in Calgary, it is great to do research and get quotes from different electrical contractors. To have an accurate quote ensure that you have shared all the details and specifics of the projects.

A reputable electric contractor will take time and make the effort to ensure that they leave a great initial first impression. How they consider and respond to each client’s questions or concerns is important as it goes to show how your needs and issues will be handled during the actual work. 

To ensure that your experience with an electrician you select is successful, inquire and understand the process. Knowing what you should expect from the electrician, being assured of the standards and protocols they will follow, and knowing the timeframe for the project will eliminate stress linked to the process.

Being Smart When Choosing Someone For Your Electrical Project

Just like in any other selection process, one is likely to make a mistake when settling for an electrician. This can eventually lead to frustration over unsatisfying work or damage and loss as a result of electrical-related accidents. To make a smarter and informed choice it is worthwhile to avoid making the following mistakes.
  1. Not conducting thorough research of contractors before hiring
  2. Not verifying licenses and permits 
  3. Not checking the validity of the electrician’s insurance
  4. Not asking for a detailed quote beforehand
  5. Not checking the reviews and experience of the contractor 
  6. Sealing the contract quickly without going through all the project specific.
Regardless of the type of project, a highly reputable and trustworthy electrician in Calgary should be able to give you peace of mind right from the onset of the project and timely deliver satisfying work that has been completed to the highest of standards. Whether it be an industrial, commercial, residential, or automotive electrical, Platinum Electrical Services remain committed to putting the client first when it comes to delivering top-notch electrical services. Although we do not typically touch automotive electric jobs, it is always best to Reach out to us anytime you need electrical services from a great electrician in Calgary.

Calgary Electrician - FAQ's

Electricians usually charge between $90 – $135 an hour in Canada. Some companies charge a minimum fee and some charge a call-out fee to cover the cost of the fuel and travel time to go do smaller jobs.

It is not uncommon for some electricians to provide a free estimate for a project. Depending on the task a quote can be quoted over the phone.

To become an electrician in Calgary you must first find a company that is willing to hire you. If this is proving easier said than done you can look into options like Pre-employment schooling. It is a 12-week course that gives you hands-on skills as well as the same course material learned as a 1st-year apprentice. Once you finish schooling you write your TQ (trade qualifier) like everyone else. As long as a company will hire you so you can complete your hours required to progress to journeyman level, you will successfully become an apprentice electrician. In the event, you fail to find a company to hire you on as an apprentice electrician you will lose your apprenticeship status and will have to find a company to re-indenture you to continue your journey.

Electricians work with electricity, which is a dangerous job. A level of hazard pay is added into most electricians fees. Electrical companies have added costs on top of the rate of the Electrician doing the work. Some of the costs electrical companies face are gas, vehicle maintenance, insurance, and tools. Most electricians have an average of $3000-$5000 in tools to perform the work required in the electrical industry, where electrical companies face even higher prices for specialty tools to perform some industrial and commercial tasks.

Homeowners can generally do their own electrical work in Alberta as long as they have a permit. Some tasks that homeowners are not allowed to do include replacing the main electrical panel, upgrading the service to a house, installing the electrical for a hot tub and other activities. Contact your local municipality or an electrician in your area to find out if you require an electrician to perform the work you wish to get done.

To become an electrician in Calgary you must first find a company that is willing to hire you. If this is proving easier said than done you can look into options like Pre-employment schooling. It is a 12-week course that gives you hands-on skills as well as the same course material learned as a 1st-year apprentice. Once you finish schooling you write your TQ (trade qualifier) like everyone else. As long as a company will hire you so you can complete your hours required to progress to journeyman level, you will successfully become an apprentice electrician. In the event, you fail to find a company to hire you on as an apprentice electrician you will lose your apprenticeship status and will have to find a company to re-indenture you to continue your journey.

Electricians work with electricity, which is a dangerous job. A level of hazard pay is added into most electricians fees. Electrical companies have added costs on top of the rate of the Electrician doing the work. Some of the costs electrical companies face are gas, vehicle maintenance, insurance, and tools. Most electricians have an average of $3000-$5000 in tools to perform the work required in the electrical industry, where electrical companies face even higher prices for specialty tools to perform some industrial and commercial tasks.

Electricians usually charge between $90 – $135 an hour in Canada. Some companies charge a minimum fee and some charge a call-out fee to cover the cost of the fuel and travel time to go do smaller jobs.

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