When most people, or should we say laymen, think about electrician or the notion of it, what comes to mind is often a person with light bulbs, soldering iron, and maybe a couple of wires in a residential setting. However, when it comes to industrial electrician, and I'm sure to sound like the one to break it out for you, the traditional image of a residential electrician is unfortunately, completely, wholistically shattered. “Why?”, you might ask. Well, it’s a long story but we can strive to make it short or at least make it seem short. If you’re not ready to be electrocuted in Oakville, Ontario, Canada just yet, you can leave. Jks. Let’s jump right in.
The tasks of an industrial electricians primarily concern installing, repairing, and maintaining electrical systems in the scope of production areas such as warehouses, factories, manufacturing plants, and other industrial settings. By testing existing equipment, industrial electricians can determine whether or not it is about time that components of a system be upgraded or replaced. Common parts electricians who specialize in the industrial scope tend to check include regulators, motors, switches. But this is not to say the industrial electrical system is the only system they ever lay their hands on. Oh no. Far from it. Electricians with an industrial focus oftentimes work on pneumatic, hydraulic and even other types of systems. The full spectrum is really wide and various. In today’s day and age, robots, electric cars and self-driving cars are becoming ever so popular and therefore the maintenance and repairs of such equipment enter the realm of an industrial electrician’s job responsibilities as well.
But what are we talking about here? Those are all just child’s play compared to where an industrial electrician really gets their hands dirty (figuratively, don’t get too excited), which are oil rigs, oil wells and mines. On a sidenote, you might be wondering what the difference between oil rigs and oil wells are. Indeed, that’s a good question and a topic of another page. For now, let’s focus on electricity. Basically, it takes guts to be an industrial electrician that other electrical specialties don’t. And that’s because one in the industrial specialty has to work in extreme conditions including extreme temperatures, altitude, and humidity. On top of that, the industrial settings are also often subject to unforeseen circumstances and tight deadlines. Now we know you’re thinking that unexpectedness is due to bad planning and deadlines are all artificial. But hey, that’s what keeps us motivated, am I right? (Fist pump, which is a typical Oakville behavior in case you’re not from Ontario, Canada, not fist of fury though) But we digressed. So far, being an industrial electrical technician entails long hours, being away from home, and having to stay in hotels or even camps and sometimes tents. A lot of industrial electricians in Oakville indeed did not see that coming and admitted they would’ve chosen an alternative specialty had they known in advance. However, it’s really a blessing and a curse, as you will soon see.
With all those challenges in the industrial electrical field comes great perks such as money, women and … wait what!? Haha joking again. Although it might vary from person to person, generally the greatest perk that comes with being an industrial electrician is the high earning potential. Yes, out of all electrical specialties, the industrial specialty has the highest earning. The reason is multi-folds but it generally comes down to overtime and subsistence. For instance, when an oil production company experiences an electrical downtime during the weekend, they have no choice but to ask for an electrician who specializes in the industrial realm otherwise a very hefty financial loss will incur. In this case, the electrician gets paid a hefty overtime. In another example, an industrial electrician working for a construction project has to live away from home and the work itself requires staying at the job site for long hours. As a result, he/she is given subsistence for living away from home and working overtime.
Up until this point, if you’re still with us and you still feel confused, we don’t blame you because the industrial electrical specialty is highly specialized. If you’re in need of an industrial electrician in Oakville, ON, simply give us a call at 647-494-1069 and someone on our team will get back to you as soon as we can. Cheers!