How to become an electrician

Do you like working with your hands, where every day is different? Then our guide to starting a business as an electrician might spark your curiosity…

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What is an electrician business and who is it suited to?

For many people, depending on how their mind is wired, the idea of a 9 to 5 desk job simply isn’t for them. It’s an old cliché, but when you work as an electrician no two days are ever really the same.

An electrician’s main role is to install and maintain electrical wiring and appliances and, as you’ll need to follow technical drawings, building plans and wiring diagrams, having good practical skills and an ability to solve problems is absolutely essential if you want to succeed. You’ll also be required to read blueprints or technical diagrams and your role is likely to include the inspection of electrical components such as circuit breakers and transformers.


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An aversion to heights, confined spaces, and working outdoors in all manner of conditions will all be part of the job – so if you like the comfort of the office environment then this won’t be the career for you. Matt Pratley, an electrician who recently started own company EMO electrical services, says that, while anyone in theory can become an electrician, it’s best suited to natural all-rounders:

“You need a maths brain. You’ll be using mathematics every day. I think you need to be able to put your hands to most trades. There’ll be times you’ll need to do a bit of carpentry and building work, so it’s important to have a good knowledge of different trades.”

Like most professions within the blue collar industry, a degree of scepticism exists among the general public with scare stories of cowboys and rogue traders. As a result, you’ll need to build up a reputable reputation amongst consumers to ensure repeat custom. Making sure you set up a profile on sites such as Check trade and Trust A Trader and keep on top of customer reviews.

A broad industry, there a number of different services you can choose to offer as an electrician While some electricians focus on more domestic jobs, others will work on big corporate engineering projects. As the role may require you to be on 24 hour call out, a driving license and access to a car or van would be advantageous.

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