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What Can A Commercial Electrician Do?

Commercial electricians are responsible for the design, installation, maintenance, and repair of the electrical systems in commercial buildings.

They work on all types of commercial buildings including offices, restaurants, shops, hotels, warehouses, medical facilities, industrial units, and factories.

Because these types of buildings use 3-phase power, commercial electricians need specialist knowledge of high-voltage distribution systems.

For this reason, most commercial electricians also hold Level 2 licenses. This allows them to work on systems inside the property and the service lines between the property and the supply network.

Services carried out by commercial electricians include:

  • Design and installation of electrical systems
  • Disconnection and reconnection
  • Portable appliance testing (PAT testing)
  • Routine electrical maintenance
  • Electrical installation condition reports
  • Fault finding electrical systems
  • Repairing electrical systems
  • Data cable installation

Are All Electricians Licensed To Carry Out Commercial Work?

All electricians need to hold Accredited Service Partner (ASP) status before they can carry out work on any type of property. There are two grades of Accredited Service Partner.

The grade you need will depend on the type of work you require. See below for more information on the different grades of electricians.

Level 1

Level 1 electricians can carry out basic electrical tasks in both commercial and domestic properties. Typical jobs include installing new circuits, carrying out safety assessments, fault finding, replacing faulty breakers, and upgrading electrical systems.

They are NOT qualified to work on the service lines between the building and the supply network.

Level 2

Level 2 electricians can carry out the same work as Level 1 electricians along with more advanced electrical tasks.

This allows them to work on all types of electrical installations including domestic, commercial, and industrial. And they can connect and disconnect properties from the local supply network.

Which Type Of Electrician Do You Need?

Building owners and managers need to know what type of electrician to call when they have a problem.

So we have created the following guide to help ensure you get an electrician with the right licenses and skills to work on your electrical systems.

When To Hire A Level 1 Electrician:

  • An existing circuit has developed a fault.
  • You need to install new power outlets.
  • You need to install new circuits.
  • You need to install a fire alarm system.
  • You need a CCTV and security system upgrade.
  • You need to determine if your electrical appliances are safe (PAT testing).
  • You need to ensure your electrical systems are safe (Electrical Condition Reports).
  • You need to test the connections of a low voltage electricity network.
  • You are carrying out construction work which includes the installation of new electrical equipment.

When To Hire A Level 2 Electrician:

  • You require the disconnection of your facilities from the local supply network.
  • You need to install or repair an underground service line that connects your facilities to the local supply network.
  • You need to install or repair an overhead service line that connects your facilities to the electricity network.
  • You need to install or activate an electricity meter at your facilities.

Check out our blog post here, for more information about choosing the right commercial electrician.

Need A Commercial Electrician? We Can Help!

We are an established firm of electrical contractors on the Sunshine Coast. With more than 10 years of experience supporting all types of business in the area.

You can rest easy in the knowledge that we have the right mix of skills and experience to solve your electrical problems fast.

So no matter if you have an intermittent fault on a circuit or you need to replace an outdated distribution board. Our team of experienced and licensed electricians is here to help.

Contact us for a FREE quote by completing the contact form here.

Alternatively, give us a call on 0458 999 017. We are available Mon-Fri 6:30 AM - 5.00 PM.

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