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You might hire an electrician to:

  • Install, inspect, and maintain electrical components, including wiring, lighting, fuses, fixtures, appliances, and more
  • Diagnose and troubleshoot electrical problems as they arise
  • Read and interpret electrical blueprints, schematics, and wiring diagrams
  • Adhere to safety protocols (ex: OSHA regulations or local equivalent) and foster a safe working environment at the job site
  • Calibrate machinery and appliances to proper specifications
  • Ensure that all electrical systems are compliant with industry codes and regulations


Required skills and qualifications Preferred skills and qualifications
Valid electrician’s license for your location
Strong mechanical aptitude 
Relevant certification from trade or technical school electrician program
Valid driver’s license
Completion of electrician apprenticeship  Experience working at construction sites
Meticulous attention to detail  Familiarity working with diverse groups of contractors, such as designers, plumbers, or builders