What it Takes to be a Commercial Electrician

electrician 1These days, commercial venues are often utilized for corporate events and conferences, and with the increasing number of commercial buildings being constructed each year, the demand for commercial electricians are at an all-time high.

What makes commercial electricians different from regular electricians? Well, because the regular work of commercial electricians requires dealing with the complex electrical systems of large commercial buildings, the required education and experience are higher for commercial electricians.

Most have an associate degree, and to be licensed, they are often required to put in extensive experience through apprenticeships. In most states, a license is required before one can handle any kind of electrical installation, much less offer such services to the public. The educational requirements are often quite rigorous, requiring completion of a prescribed curriculum that is approved by national standards, as well as the mastery of electric training standards. And even after finishing a complete commercial electrician’s educational background, one is still required to successfully finish an apprenticeship program.

There are also physical demands to being a commercial electrician – including visual acuity (and the ability to discern color), have the physical stamina to climb up and down ladders and lift heavy equipment while still being able to do delicate electrical work at close range. Algebraic skills are important because one often needs to do quick calculations, and a familiarity with the principles of hydraulics and pneumatics is helpful. Basically, the educational and experiential requirements before one can be licensed as a commercial electrician are such that when fully qualified, one can easily handle various electrical work with ease, whether it is dealing with power generators, alarm systems, lighting requirements, audiovisual equipment, commercial wiring systems, electrical codes, motor systems, and even gas delivery systems.


So, imagine that you are planning on holding a conference for a set number of people that will take place over several days. The events of this conference would include speeches, audiovisual shows, cameras, lighted signs, computers and other IT equipment, lectures and training, dining areas, and even provisions for musical entertainment and dancing. To be able to pull off a big event such as this, one needs the assistance of a professional electrician who can handle all the electrical requirements for each event, can do so quickly and efficiently, and at the same time keep all electrical wirings and installations safe for the public. This is not the kind of job that one can simply play at if they are even allowed to do so at all. Most states require a person to be a licensed electrician before one can even do any kind of electrical work.

It is projected that the job growth for all electricians will grow to over 14 percent in the ten-year period leading up to 2024, with a corresponding increase in salary rates. And because the growth in construction of commercial buildings is higher than that of residential construction, joining the field of commercial electrical work is a good career move for any aspiring electrician, or even for electricians who are already delivering general electrical work. Commercial electrical work has already been flagged as white-hot in the job market, and one of the top 10 hottest technical vocations in the United States.