There are four main areas of specialization for electricians: external linemen, internal wire cutters, installation technicians, and residential wire cutters. These professionals are responsible for building wiring systems, reading drawings or circuit diagrams, and inspecting and identifying problems or defective parts. Additionally, electricians can become renewable energy technicians and work with alternative electrical systems such as wind and solar energy. Warehouse workers are also essential to the electrical service industry.
They handle materials, deliver materials, clean work sites, and load and unload materials in warehouses. Equipment operators are also needed to operate excavators, bulldozers, backhoes and other earthmoving equipment. Material handlers perform a variety of tasks both inside and outside of work sites. In addition to these roles, there are other ways to get involved in the electrical industry. Positions such as delivery people, receptionists, service dispatchers, project engineers, precast technicians, panel shop manufacturing assemblers, and more are available.
Commercial electricians work in commercial buildings while residential electricians work in homes and sometimes in small apartment buildings. Marine electricians are a rare specialization in the electrical industry. They must be trained at a specialized trade or marine school and many states require a license for this higher-level position. Industrial electricians work with large machines and computer systems that are used to facilitate the industrial process. Most states and areas require you to work as an officer next which means you must be supervised by a master electrician. If you're interested in learning more about the different types of electricians see the information below.