Tips For A Working Electrician

by Editor on August 4, 2012

This guest article from Dan the “DIY Wizz Kid” gives some useful advice for electricians. Thinking about how you approach your working day and also having a back-up when things get tough can be the key to making your life easier. This is especially true when you’re a busy working electrician or running your own electrical business.


Advice and Tips for electricians: How to make your job easier

Whether you’re an electrian who installs new electrical components or maintains electrical infrastructure it’s essential to be organised and to stay focused. Carrying out electrical work in a wide range of conditions can be challenging, so here’s some tips on how to make your job easier and safer.

Plan your day

Do you have a busy schedule? If so, it’s important to plan your day carefully. You could use the calendar of your mobile phone and set automatic reminders or simply buy a diary from a reputable stationary shop and use it to create an organised itinerary for each week. Note down appointment times, names and addresses and even distances between locations and petrol costs to keep track of expenses. This will give you a sense of purpose and should stop you from feeling overwhelmed with the amount of work you have on.

Carry the right tools

As an electrician, you probably have a list of tools and materials you use all the time. Electrical testers, cable ties, 12 volt lighting transformers, timers, fuses and insulation tape are all essential and it’s always wise to keep a backup of supplies in your car or van. Having spare parts and extra equipment will save you dashing back to base or to the electrical suppliers whenever there’s an emergency. Time and fuel spent travelling will be costing you money so being organised will help you work efficiently.

Know the nature of the jobs you attend

If you’re an electrician on call, or receive an emergency phone call, don’t let it throw you. Ask some key questions and find out the nature of the problem to make sure you’ve got the tools and materials to deal with it. Turning up at a job unprepared is not ideal and could leave you in an awkward situation. There may be times when you need to get on the road promptly, but less haste and more speed is definitely the way to go. People search for registered electricians online and expect a high level of service, so don’t let them down.

Have your colleagues on speed dial

Do you need to make electrical appliance repairs? Not sure what to do? Then keep your colleagues on speed dial. If you come across a difficult or unusual situation, give one of your workmate a call as they might know what to do. A little advice can go a long way and could save you a lot of time (particularly if you’re in the middle of nowhere). Making contacts with associated local tradespeople such as aerial, heating and solar installers can be very useful. You may be able to use their expertise as subcontractors to carry out tasks you may not wish to get involved with. These could be jobs such as working on a roof to fit an aerial or replacing electrical heaters where plumbing is involved. They may in turn use your services when they need an electrician.

Instructions & Diagrams

If you’re using new equipment it can be useful to keep instruction manuals and wiring diagrams in a file or folder the back of your van. This should help you out and save time especially when it comes to fault finding or re-commissioning heating or alarm systems.

Electricians are in high demand, so it’s important to stay in control and impress each and every customer.

Good luck and I hope this article was useful.   Dan


{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Mukesh Varde February 4, 2013 at 05:28

Nice work!!These smart tips are very helpful and useful for electricians. I will share these tips with my friends too.

James October 9, 2012 at 18:37

Great article, some other items for the van folder. I keep a few A4 help sheet that I can give to clients to explain about Bonding, RCD, Consumer Units and other things that clients may find it difficult to understand.

Thanks James. Yes you can get some useful free info to pass on to your customers from the ESC: http://www.esc.org.uk/industry/news-and-campaigns/campaigns/electricians-guide/

Stuart Wooster August 6, 2012 at 14:34

Good post with some helpful tips, like the idea of keeping info in a folder in the van.

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