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The Ancient, Traditional Process of Mentoring Is Alive and Well in Electrical Training
People talk about the process of mentoring, similar to apprenticeship, and how it is seeing a revival in modern times. An electrical professional’s training involves extensive classroom training, years of practical learning, and involvement with active, experienced electricians at every stage of the process. At Mister Sparky of Wilmington, NC, we are proud of our team and their ability to meet the challenges of apprenticeship and training.
Mentoring: A Traditional Educational Process That’s Receiving New Interest
Instead of a transition from educational environment to work environment, the route from apprentice to journeyman to master electrician develops the person’s skills through application of knowledge, interaction with other professionals, and a sense of accomplishment and responsibility every step of the way. By the time we send a licensed electrician to your home or commercial site, he or she has been trained and formed by years of mentoring and experience. This isn’t only with extensive electrical skills, but also with the character of an experienced professional.
Working with Electricity Requires Knowledge and Respect
The principles behind electricity must be carefully learned and understood, since mistakes in handling electrical circuits are often costly or even deadly. Electrical workers become thoroughly familiar with the characteristics of different types of electricity such as AC and DC, and the ways that different voltages must be handled and respected. The power in your home’s outlets, for example, can give you a dangerous shock if you come in contact. At much higher voltages, however, electrical current can cross an air gap, jumping like lightning to come into contact with and shock you from a distance.
Respect for electrical power at any voltage is critical, too: stories abound of people who dropped metal tools across high-power circuits, vaporizing a wrench or screwdriver in the process, and producing a bright arc that may even cause blindness. When our worker visits your home, they arrive with both the knowledge they need to do the job and provide you with electrical power where you need it, and respect for the electricity that they are working with that will lead them to protect both you and themselves.
Electricians Must Know and Follow Local Laws and Electrical Codes
Practical knowledge of electricity, electrical equipment, and wiring is complemented by an understanding of local laws and electrical codes including the National Electrical Code. These requirements frequently change for technical, practical, and safety reasons, and workers must understand requirements and be ready to implement them. From the protections of your circuit breaker box to the modern child-protective outlets, you are benefitting from your provider’s knowledge of recent code changes, probably without even knowing it. When our experts are working on your new construction and remodeling projects or other work covered by local inspection, their knowledge will also save you time and expense by getting the work done right the first time, avoiding delays from inspection issues.
The Range of Roles that Electrical Workers Fulfill
It’s hard to imagine that just over a century ago, electrical power was not the common resource that it is today. Homes were lit by gas lamps, kerosene, or candles, and heated by gas, coal, or wood fires. Now, all-electric homes and apartments supply light, heating, and cooking resources from a single source: electric power. Electricians’ roles have increased as electricity has become essential to so many aspects of our lives. Now, they are providing power to electric car charging stations, connecting wind, solar, and other renewable power sources to the grid, and handling wiring for computer server installations and broadcast transmitters sometimes in excess of a million watts of power. As you can imagine, the training of these workers to understand and respect electricity is serving them well in environments where the stakes are very high.
Knowledge and Understanding of a Century of Electrical Practice
As the uses of electrical power have grown over the last century or so, technologies have advanced but not every home and commercial building has kept up with the times. There are few cases where electricians encounter century-old technology when they are called to repair or upgrade existing wiring and equipment, but your home is likely to be less than 50 years old. Still, when our professionals arrive at a customer’s home, it’s possible for them to find wiring that’s been in place for fifty years, even outdated aluminum wiring instead of the standard copper, fuses instead of circuit breakers, and a variety of switches, light fixtures, and other equipment. They may even find unexpected wiring performed by a long-gone inexperienced homeowner. Our licensed electricians are ready to provide required services expertly and to code, no matter what they find.
Planning for the Future with Power Technologies and Electrical Equipment
Electricians need to be ready for the future as well as the technologies of the past. The field is changing quickly, and we are finding that many of our customers need much more than basic wiring and electrical equipment. They also need higher-powered circuits for equipment such as welding, circuit protection for expensive electronics, and specialized wiring for networks, home theater, smart home equipment, and other technologies. Our valued experts are constantly updating their training both for required electrical code knowledge, and the techniques and principles behind the enhanced services that our company provides to both homes and businesses in the Wilmington, NC area.
Count on the Skilled Professional Electricians from Mister Sparky Who Made the Grade
At Mister Sparky of Wilmington, we are proud of our staff and the services that they provide to our valued customers. We recognize the effort that everyone puts in to make themselves ready to serve our community, and we know that you’ll be pleased with the experienced, professional work that we do for you. Call us for your home and commercial electrical needs, and know that we’re here for you in emergencies, too.