In a typical work setting, electricians:
- Have a moderately high level of social contact. They explain tasks to helpers, but also work alone a lot of the time.
- Are responsible for the work outcomes of the people they supervise.
- Are responsible for the health and safety of others.
- Write letters and e-mails monthly.
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- Communicate with coworkers daily by telephone and in person.
Physical Work Conditions
- Work both indoors and outdoors. While outside, they are often undercover. They nearly always work without heating or air conditioning.
- Are often exposed to very hot or very cold temperatures. This depends on the time of year they are working outside.
- Are often exposed to hazardous conditions, equipment, and situations. They work with sharp tools and electricity that could potentially produce cuts or burns.
- Wear safety attire often, such as goggles or other protective clothing.
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- Are often exposed to sounds and noise levels that are uncomfortable and distracting.
- Are often exposed to very bright or inadequate lighting conditions.
- Work in high places weekly. They climb ladders and work from roofs and scaffolding.
- Are sometimes exposed to contaminants.
- Work somewhat close to other people, such as when sharing office space.
- Often work in an enclosed vehicle.
- Need to get into awkward positions weekly when working in cramped work places, such as crawl spaces under floors.
- Must fully complete and be exact in their work. Errors could cause serious injuries to themselves or others.
- Work as part of a team. This is very important because they must coordinate their work with other subcontractors.
- Meet strict weekly deadlines.
- Work in a moderately competitive environment.
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- Repeat the same physical tasks throughout the day.
- Make decisions that strongly impact their clients and affect the image of their company.
- Rarely consult a supervisor before making decisions and setting tasks.
- Usually work 40 hours per week.
- May work overtime to meet deadlines.
- May work nights, weekends, and be on-call, if working as a maintenance electrician.
- Frequently travel to new job sites, if working as a construction electrician.