How to be a successful electrician? In this article we will give you several tips for you to stand out from the competition and be able to expand your reach in the market more and more, regardless of being a beginner or an experienced electrician.
Invest in your professional training
These courses for training electricians vary in hours according to the institution and also the level of training. They can last up to four years, but there are much shorter courses and it is up to you to choose the one that best suits you. Courses can be divided into 3 categories:
- Professional training: Courses of shorter duration, usually a few months, more focused on specific training or initial training, eg Course for building installer electrician or Frequency inverter course.
- Technical graduation: Courses with an average duration of 18 months (3 semesters) that confer a technical degree recognized by CREA (Regional Council of Engineering and Agronomy), former Technician in Electrotechnics, Technician in Electronics.
- Higher education: Long-term courses that can be divided into two levels:
- Technologist: Average of 30 months (5 semesters) giving a higher degree in technology also recognized by CREA, former Technologist in Electrotechnics, Technology in Electrical Installations
- Engineering: Course with a duration of 60 months (10 semesters) gives a higher degree in engineering also recognized by CREA, ex Electrical engineering, Electronic engineering, Energy engineering.
How to choose a good course?
A good course is one that will offer great theoretical classes and excellent practical classes and of course, it must be a rigorous course that really requires you to work hard to complete it.
The good electrical course usually has articles on the law of electricity, circuit systems, electrical safety, electrical system schemes, welding and others in the segment. It is important to know before enrolling in a course in which grade of subjects will be taught in order to match your career growth goals.
Knowledge of the National Electric Code, technical standards and presentation of new methods and equipment for electricity that appeared in the electric market are factors that enrich and further enhance this course. A good option in this regard is to visit the material manufacturers’ websites, which often provide a series of materials, catalogs, videos and even courses showing how to use the products they manufacture.
Unfortunately, people are still accommodating and prefer those courses that only serve to get a diploma, although it is easy to complete it, you will hardly have good training and consequently will be swallowed by more qualified professionals in the job market.
Plan your career and goals well
It is essential to find out about all the areas in which the electrician can work and what are the characteristics of each one. You can be an electrician in the construction industry, public electricians or inspectors, etc. There are several possibilities, but if you do not research well, you will certainly have enormous difficulties in planning your career. Here is a shortlist of the various areas covered by electricity:
- Automation (residential and industrial);
- Home automation;
- Electricity generation, transmission and distribution;
This lack of knowledge and planning means that most of the newly graduated electricians end up leaving the area even before completing 5 years of career. What are your goals? How will you describe your service? How to differentiate yourself from competitors? All of this must be in your planning, otherwise, the frustration is certain.
What does a good electrician need?
In addition to technical knowledge and skills, this professional needs to have excellent communication skills, responsibility, practicality, accurate vision for detecting and presenting problems, and basic knowledge of computers.
Another very important thing is the license to work as an electrician. Yes, this bureaucratic part is essential to exercise the profession of electrician correctly and safely. To obtain this license, it will be necessary to carry out several exams to test your knowledge in the field of electricity.
To find out more about this license and how to acquire it, simply access the Ministry of Labor website and search for information on the Professional Aptitude Card. Another option is to go directly to General Energy Directorate in your region.
The importance of social networks
Nowadays it is almost impossible to imagine a successful professional who does not have a profile on any social network. This helps a lot in publicizing your work and especially in proximity to your target audience.
Customers like to be always informed and their tips via social networks can get the attention of these people. These media also serve to answer questions and create a bond of trust with your customers.
The best way to stand out from the crowd is to do something innovative and make sure that you have mastered that subject. When you win the customer, you get a new marketing tool that is famous for word-of-mouth. At this point, theoretical knowledge has an incredible power to provide security to the customer and at the same time convincingly convince the need to use certain equipment or to perform a certain service.
A mistake that many people make is leaving this interaction and dissemination of their work in the hands of others. We are not saying that no one else can do this for you, but it is essential to know who is taking care of this part of your business and whether you are doing it correctly.
Innovation is something that brings prominence and this is something that should be explored by people who have good ideas. The tips we present here are, in general, a basic manual to face the job market.
If the professional does not continue studying, updating and looking for new ways to stand out, he will hardly survive in the current market which is extremely competitive.
There are several excellent professionals who do not stand out for not knowing how to control their business or interact with the customer. This is a huge obstacle, but it is a problem that can be overcome with willpower.