- Working alongside other contractors if applicable
- Supervising and overseeing the work done by apprentice electricians
- Arranging for inspections by local city inspectors
- Ensuring the electrical systems work in unison and are properly interconnected
- Troubleshooting, diagnosing and repairing electrical issues, with emphasis on identifying the underlying cause rather than applying “bandage” treatments
Although the scope of work overlaps for both residential and commercial electricians, due to the size and complexity of the commercial setting, there are some notable differences.
Educational and experience requirements:
- All electricians in Ontario must complete 9,000 hours of apprenticeship training (equating to about 5 years) with a minimum requirement of high school completion in most cases, in addition to course requirements in others (including English, Math and Physics). Some pre-apprenticeship programs must be completed before the commencement of the apprenticeship training. Commercial electricians must have completed relevant commercial work and additional certifications.
- There are three (3) main branches of electrician studies and they include: i) ICI sector (acronym for industrial, commercial, institutional), and also known as Construction and Maintenance Electrician, ii) Low rise residential sector - this pertains to homes and dwellings, not including high rise buildings, iii) Lineworkers - work with the high voltage and utility sectors. Electricians Peterborough can handle all that is within the ICI and Low rise residential sectors, namely residential and commercial electrical work.
- There is a voltage and power requirement difference between residential and commercial settings - the former typically uses single phase systems between 120 to 240 V, whereas the latter uses three phase systems with conductors carrying up to 480V power.
- Due to the voltage difference, the equipment used is slightly different, for example commercial wiring requires more insulation and sheathing to withstand the higher power passing through the cables.
There are other differences between residential and commercial electrical work; however, the important thing to realize, as the consumer, is to hire an electrical contracting company that is comfortable and experienced in doing commercial work, if that is the service you are seeking. Fortunately, Electricians Peterborough has extensive experience in both residential and commercial electrical services, so you can rest assured your office or building’s systems will run smoothly.