Are some electricians more specialised than others – how do I choose?
Although all electricians are trained in the same knowledge base, they often become specialised in different areas. They are required to constantly update their knowledge to keep up with developments and they may also opt to undertake further study at the end of their apprenticeship to further advance them in their chosen specialty. Knowing the difference between the different services offered by electricians will help you decide which electrician is suitable for your job.
Electrical contractors work alongside other trades in the construction industry and install electrical wiring and fittings to new residential and commercial buildings, and repair and modify electrical wiring in existing buildings. Some electricians choose to specialise in particular areas.
Any new building or substantial renovation requires a smoke alarm to be hard wired to the mains power. Landlords must ensure that tenanted or vacant properties have alarms installed and checked. Some electricians specialise in the installation of smoke alarms, will advise on the number of alarms required and where they should be positioned to be the most effective. They can also arrange for regular inspection and maintenance of the alarms which is particularly useful for the security and peace of mind of landlords and tenants alike.
A security system specialist will be responsible for the maintenance and the provision of the latest and best system to suit your requirements.
Hot Water Systems
If you are having problems with your hot water service, you may need either an electrician or a plumber. A hot water specialist will best determine what is required and also be able to provide information about related areas such as solar hot water and rebates.
Stoves and Ovens
A licensed electrician who specialises in stoves and ovens will be more likely to have access to parts required and specialist knowledge for the huge range available.
Computer cabling, telephone systems and fax lines
Electricians who have additional qualifications and/or relationships with telecommunication providers can install data cabling and electrical cabling.
Lighting Plans and Outdoor lighting
A lighting specialist is best able to advise on the position, maximum efficiency and style of the lights within and outside of your home. Lighting can be an important design feature in the home and can also be used to highlight and feature other elements and add to the beauty of your home.
TV and Cable TV antennas and outlets
With the switchover to digital TV in Australia, there are changes required to the set up and equipment required to receive television signals. Although you do not need to be an electrician to set up an antenna, it is advised that the installer that you use have all necessary qualifications and training so that all safety standards are met. A specialist electrician is trained in all of the minimum requirements to ensure the safety of the installation.
Smart house electrical systems
Technology and the services that we use to make our lives easier and more efficient are constantly changing. An electrician who specialises in Smart Systems will have the most up to date training and knowledge about what is available. They will be experts in solar panels and green solutions, data and communication services, lighting automation, advanced security systems, distributed audio and photovoltaic and metering solutions. A smart house electrician will have existing relationships with builders and streamline the installation of Smart Wiring into your home.
Auto electricians specialise in the maintenance of electrical systems in cars and are experienced in fault finding, repairing and installing electrical systems and equipment.
A marine electrician may assist with underwater lighting, rope lighting, battery installation, switchboard maintenance, anchor winch repairs, solar panels and wind generators, trolling cameras, ship to shore communications, bilge and grey water pumps, refrigeration, rewiring of damaged vessels and electrical safety and compliance.
Electrical fitters usually work for industrial businesses and are responsible for installing, servicing and repairing electrical systems and assembling electrical appliances and components. An electrical fitter may build and wire an electrical switchboard or repair and rewind an electric motor.
Although electrical engineers undergo different training from other types of electricians, they still work from the same knowledge base. Electrical engineers are responsible for the design and development of electrical systems. They may also assist by overseeing the construction of these systems.
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Make a list of local electrical contractors and contact them regarding the type of electrical work you require. You may find that some electricians carry out all aspect of electrical work while others specialise in one or two fields. If the electrician you contact is not interested in the work you want to have done, ask if they can recommend someone else.
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