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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 (e.g. OSHA regulations or local equivalent) and foster a safe working environment on the job site
  • Calibrate machinery and appliances to proper specifications
  • Ensure that all electrical systems are compliant with industry codes and regulations

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Required Skills and qualifications Preferred skills and qualifications
Valid electrician’s license (see your state’s specific requirements) Strong mechanical aptitude 
Relevant certification from electrician trade or technical school Valid driver’s licence 
Completion of electrician apprenticeship  Previous experience working on construction sites
Meticulous attention to detail  Familiarity working with diverse groups of contractors, such as designers, plumbers, or builders 
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