Electricians typically work on projects that involve either the creation or maintenance of electrical systems within buildings or machines. These may include the general wiring of an office building, the installation of appliances in a home or repairs on a machine within a factory.
The creation work that an electrician performs usually occurs during the planning and building phase of a construction project. An electrician may read or design the blueprints for the electrical wiring of the building to ensure a safe and efficient flow of power throughout the property, as well as compliance with national and local safety laws. Electricians also perform the actual installation of these systems, which may include installing wiring, connecting internal systems to power lines and installing circuit breakers to control the power. It is also possible for an electrician to perform these tasks after the construction phase, during either repairs or renovations to the facility.
In terms of the maintenance of electrical systems, an electrician may perform a variety of tasks ranging from general checkups on systems to diagnostics and physical repairs. The electrician must consult blueprints and adhere to safety laws during these processes as well. When performing maintenance on a machine or mechanical system, the electrician applies the same skills to understand how power flows through the machine and how to properly resolve the damage in question.