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Electricians are a highly specialised group of professionals. Most electrician jobs require licensure in a specific area, such as residential or commercial property, and a minimum of at least two years' experience. For skilled tradesmen with many years of experience, the income rate can be quite high. Depending on the location and the specific job requirements, an electrician in South Africa can earn between R20 000 and R30 000 per month.
Residential Electrician Jobs
In general, domestic electricians are more independent. Working as a residential electrician, you must be able to address issues without constant supervision. You will also be required to have your own tools and transportation. The duties of a residential electrician vary. Domestic electricians might visit a home to install a garage door or an electric fence. Residential construction electricians may also be required to install all electrical outlets and wiring for new construction. Residential electricians are most likely to have working hours during the week and possibly on Saturdays, when needed. Generally the working hours depend on the appointments scheduled. Electrician companies are more likely to hire those with less experience as they can provide the training needed through an apprenticeship.
Commercial Electrician Jobs
Commercial electricians generally are required to have a higher level of certification than residential electricians do, as the liability is greater on a day-to-day basis. Commercial electric work also tends to require some engineering skills, which can only be acquired through proper certification. Common examples include working as an electrical engineer or petroleum engineer. Many of the larger companies require sufficient electrical engineering education and the willingness to work overtime and on weekends. Not only do these individuals have to know how to work with repairs, they also have to be able to read and follow wiring diagrams and schematics. For professional electrician's jobs, applicants are expected to enter the job on the first day and be successful. Very little training is provided.
To find electrician jobs in South Africa, start by searching your local listings. Before you send in your application, make sure that you meet the minimum requirements for the position. If you have don't have a related Bachelor's degree, residential electrician jobs may be a better alternative than the commercial positions.