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The Different Types of Working Electricians

Outside Lineman

Outside linemen work outdoors on electrical power line transmissions. They are responsible for making sure electrical wiring is properly functioning and that power is being properly distributed from generation facilities to end-users.

These electrical contractors work across industrial, commercial and residential markets. High voltage lineman may work on high-tension voltage lines positioned hundreds of feet above the ground. This is one of the more physical areas an electrician can work in.

An outside lineman must receive extensive safety training, including climbing school and ongoing training performing high-angle rescues in case a coworker is injured on the job.

Inside Wireman

These electricians are largely responsible for on-premises electrical wiring and distribution. That means they are responsible for connecting the client’s electrical equipment to the power source.

These contractors often help install conduit, lighting fixtures and electrical outlets. They might be asked to inspect and maintain electrical motors and equipment or install alarm systems or electrical control panels. They may also be expected to inspect, maintain and repair existing systems within a given facility.

Installation Technician

Installation technicians work alongside inside wiremen to install a network of low voltage cabling used for video, voice or data outlets. While most of their work takes place indoors, they must often work under less than desirable conditions. For instance, they may be required to report to buildings which have not yet had air conditioning or heating systems installed.

Residential Wireman

Similar to the inside wireman, a residential wireman are responsible for connecting a client’s electrical equipment to the power source. The similarities between the two titles largely ends there, as these electricians work to maintain the electrical systems in home or perform other types of residential installations.

A residential wireman must keep up with technical advancements across the residential market. They may need to install computer networks, energy management systems, security systems, fire alarm systems as well as distribution systems to lights and receptacles throughout the home.

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