Electrician: 12 signs of a good electrician

The safety of people and property depends on the quality of laying or repairing electrical wiring. The smallest, but at the same time, an illiterate intervention can be costly: a stupid mistake when connecting cables in a junction box – and a fire. Many craftsmen offer electrician services, but not all of them really know what they are doing. 

How to choose a good electrician and what to look for?

  1. Experience. It doesn’t hurt to ask how many years your contractor has been doing electrical work. It is better if the experience starts for seven years.
  2. Work examples. An experienced electrician can always show what he has already done. It can be a photo on a laptop or on social networks, and sometimes an album on a website.
  3. Availability of education. If serious work is ahead, you can also ask for a copy of the diploma of specialized technical education.
  4. A large arsenal of tools, including a measuring one. If a “master” has come to you, who has only pliers and screwdrivers with him (and they are stuffed into pockets, and do not lie in a special bag or box), you should think about whether you need such a worker. A good electrician also usually has work clothes.
  5. Clear and understandable price tag. Not “well-ooh, 500 dollars”, but “we have to grind a running meter of the wall …” and “15 sockets will be required here, the installation of each will cost …”
  6. Availability of reviews and recommendations. They can usually be found on the electrician’s social media page or website. If there are no reviews (or in general any representation of the wizard on the Internet), it is worth asking why.
  7. Warranty for work. A good master gives a written guarantee for the work performed. This ensures the client against possible problems and disciplines the performer: he understands that if he cheats, he will have to redo it.
  8. No bad habits. Found a contractor at the facility with a bottle of vodka? Do not be shy and confidently say that you do not need such workers. It is strictly forbidden to carry out work with electrical wiring, even without voltage, while drunk.
  9. The price of the work is not understated. A good craftsman will not buy cheap.
  10. Lack of free time. If you are told that an electrician will arrive half an hour after the call, most likely something is wrong here. A demanded specialist always has many clients, and there is a queue for him. At best, he will be able to arrive promptly to assess the scope of work, but he will carry out them later.
  11. The ability not only to mount sockets, switches, and cables but also to perform calculations. If an electrician boldly proceeds to install a new cable line, and upon its completion, an automatic machine starts to “knock out” in your dashboard, take this lesson into account, and never contact such a contractor again. A good foreman knows in advance what loads will “hold” the machines, if necessary, he will offer to replace them, and will also calculate the cable cross-section.
  12. Knowledge of suppliers of electrical goods. An experienced electrician usually purchases products from specialized warehouses, he often has a discount there. The specialist can offer you several purchasing options. 

For example, he calculates materials, places an order on the Internet, and you come to the warehouse and redeem them. But often an intelligent foreman is ready to pick up all the materials himself, because “it doesn’t matter to go there,” and you will be provided with receipts detailing expenses.

Basic requirements for personal qualities It is impossible to become a qualified electrician only with one desire.

It is recommended to meet the following personal qualities that determine professional suitability for the future job:

  • Good physical shape and healthy joints;
  • Memory;
  • Increased responsibility;
  • Readiness for physical labor;
  • Striving to develop practical skills and gain new knowledge.

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Rob Prosser