How do you know what type of electrical contractor is right for your project? Both commercial and residential electricians work on large projects but may specialize in different fields.

Today we are going to take a look at the different types of electricians and what you need to look for when in need of an electrician.

What are the Types of Electrical Contractors

Electricians can specialize in over 20 different areas based on training and experience. Some are more commonly employed than others and include,

  • Residential electricians
  • Commercial electricians
  • Industrial electricians
  • Automotive electricians
  • Low voltage electrical specialists

While not all electricians are contractors, most choose to get additional training. It allows them to work on projects either with a contracting company or by themselves.

Electrical Services_Call to Action

Differences Between Commercial and Residential Electricians

Here are the five primary differences between a commercial electrician and one that specializes in residential projects.

1.   Types of Services Offered

Residential electricians ensure home electrical systems meet safety and industry compliance standards. They are also responsible for installation. Some of their additional responsibilities can include,

  • Reading blueprints
  • Servicing and maintaining fixtures and appliances
  • Diagnosing and repairing electrical issues
  • Inspecting residential electrical systems
  • Rewiring

A commercial electrician performs the same tasks on a larger scale. They may also be responsible for getting the necessary electrical permits. Wiring control panels, machines, and systems are also a common part of their job.

2.   Equipment and Electrical Supplies

Residences and commercial buildings use different types of power supplies. It means electricians use different equipment.

Most residences use single-phase systems with power ranging from 120V to 240V. In comparison, commercial structures typically have a three-phase system with a higher electrical load of around 120V up to 480V.

Electricians use thinner cables in residential applications. Commercial electrical systems require thicker cables with insulation and sheathing to protect against the higher voltage and current flow. Commercial electrical systems are also more accessible to ensure minimal interruption to daily business.

Would you know if your commercial facility needed an electrical upgrade? Do you know the warning signs your electrical system is in need of some TLC. Learn what to be on the lookout for in our latest blog; Knowing When your commercial Building Needs an Electrical Upgrade.

3.   Technical Skill Requirements

Commercial and residential electricians get the same training at the start of their careers. However, commercial electricians will continue with their training to ensure their safety and knowledge of more complex systems. It can be up to an additional 4,000 hours of on-the-job training before they are ready to tackle large projects without supervision.

Certification for electricians can also vary at the state level. Some may be required to undergo additional training.

4.   Electrical Project Size – Residential vs. Commercial

Commercial electrical projects are typically larger than residential ones. These projects take more time, skill, and labor to complete on time. While commercial electricians do work on some residential projects, typically estates or apartment buildings, residential electricians are limited to where they can work.

It means commercial electricians have a larger job market than those that work solely on smaller residential projects.

Electrical Services_Call to Action

There are common electrical problems that are typically found in commercial buildings. But not to worry, as a national electrical service provider, Action Services Group is here to help!

5.   Compliance and Regulations

Residential and commercial electricians both adhere to strict regulations and compliance standards that cover everything from who is qualified for the project to the equipment used. However, the standards are noticeably stricter for commercial electricians.

Electrical contracts also follow mandated guidelines. These types of electricians are certified at the state or city level and typically work on projects that call for the experience of a master electrician.

Our Commercial Electrical Contractors

Action Services Group is a national electrical service and electrical project management company with a fully turnkey national footprint. With a database of over 2600 electricians, and an electrical project management team, we can facilitate all of your electrical needs.

To talk to one of our electrical service and project management professionals call us at 610-558-9773, email or schedule a call that fits your needs by clicking the button below.


Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published.

Blogs You Might Be Interested In

LED Upgrades for Greenhouses – Five Tips to Major Savings!

LED Upgrades for Greenhouses – Five Tips to Major Savings!

Greenhouses are making the switch to LEDs and many types of crops are thriving under energy-efficient lighting. However, sometimes growers’ first choice is to go with a hybrid solution. When you are upgrading greenhouse lights to LED fixtures, it’s typically for...

Corporate Net-Zero: Where to Start, First Steps, and Microgrids

Corporate Net-Zero: Where to Start, First Steps, and Microgrids

The number of net-zero corporate pledges is continuing to rise, and companies are focusing on how they can meet these goals. Pressure from investors is one of the reasons corporations are paying more attention to their carbon footprint. Some investors are threatening...

News You Might Be Interested In

Backup Power Systems Can Improve Hurricane Relief

Backup Power Systems Can Improve Hurricane Relief

In September, Hurricane Ian made its way through the islands and the south knocking out power to millions of Americans and leaving their homes severely damaged. Florida, Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas all boarder the Gulf of Mexico and typically get the...

Dark Streets Can Lead to Dangerous Scenarios

Dark Streets Can Lead to Dangerous Scenarios

Since school is back in session and daylight savings time is closing in, keeping properly working streetlights is of the utmost importance for the safety of communities. In Springfield, Mass., the city leaders are working to come up with a plan to fix their...

Investing in LED Lighting Pays Off Long Term

Investing in LED Lighting Pays Off Long Term

LED lamps have been gaining more popularity between them and the alternatives. Some of the more popular alternative bulbs include incandescent, fluorescent, CFL and many more. There are many clear differences between each lightbulb from how they’re made to the cost....

Join Our Community

Thousands of business professionals rely on Action Services Group for the latest in Lighting,
Signage, and Electrical news. Add yourself to our community and receive timely updates on
safety, new products, energy savings, rebates, and so much more.
You can select what information you would like to receive.