Industrial Electricians vs. Commercial Electricians: What’s the Difference?

If you’re a business owner, you may be wondering whether an industrial or commercial electrician is right for your situation. Electrical contractors have a range of skills and specialties. Knowing the difference between them is key before you hire one. After all, having steady, reliable, safe electrical supply is critical for almost every kind of business.

Let’s look at these two types of electrical contractor and see which one is right for you.

Industrial electricians

These professionals test, repair and maintain electrical equipment. Industrial electricians often work in settings like factories, mines and plants. To complete this work, industrial electricians must have advanced knowledge of and expertise in the complex equipment that’s used. Industrial electricians work for companies specializing in everything from steel production to car manufacturing. They need to be well versed in robotics and other specialized equipment specific to their field.

An industrial electrical contractor is brought in to help keep a factory or other operation running smoothly. They can ensure the safety and efficiency of key machinery. An industrial electrician’s tasks include all the following:

● Repairing electrical equipment
● Maintaining electrical equipment
● Troubleshooting electrical equipment
● Installing electrical equipment

These electricians also often have many years of apprenticeship training which prepares them for the job. Industrial electricians should possess all relevant certifications and qualifications to do this difficult and potentially dangerous job. Factories and manufacturing facilities have entirely different electrical needs than others do, which means these professionals must be highly trained and able to adapt to different voltage systems and handle a range of electrical equipment.

Commercial electricians

These specialists offer electrical maintenance, repair and safety enhancements for retail stores, offices and other similar workplaces. Commercial electrical contractors are often involved in the design and planning of electrical systems to fit each workplace’s needs. They can help your business get up and running according to all relevant local codes.

A commercial electrician works with hand tools including pliers, knives and screwdrivers, as well as power tools and monitoring tools. These professionals may work with a wide variety of clients from builders and office managers to building owners. In some cases, specialty work will be required. A commercial electrician may work for medium or large buildings including restaurants, government buildings, high-rise apartments, shopping malls and restaurants.

If you run one of these businesses, a commercial electrician can be helpful to have on call. They are responsible for all of the following:

● Laying cables
● Rewiring
● Installing electrical equipment, security systems and electrical components like switches and lights
● Ensuring buildings meet local, state and national recommendations for electrical operation
● Designing electrical systems or utilizing existing blueprints

Commercial electricians are more common than their industrial counterparts. Just like an industrial electrician, they require certifications and licensing to practice their trade.

Do you need an electrical contractor? Walsh Electric has more than three decades of experience delivering real results for residential and commercial customers. We’re licensed, bonded and insured to do it all from maintenance to new construction. Contact us today to learn more and get a free quote.