Are you wondering about the difference between a residential and commercial electrician? Can commercial electricians do residential electrical work and vice versa? To answer these questions, let’s define each and find out the differences and similarities between them.
Defining Both Residential and Commercial Electricians
The simple description for residential electricians is that they work on single residential houses while commercial electricians work with larger-scale projects. Understanding both types needs a deeper dive on three factors: equipment used; technical skills needed; and compliance and regulations followed.
Residential electricians use simpler tools and equipment. They usually work with single-phase systems with lower voltage ranges. Commercial electricians, on the other hand, usually work with a three-phase system and carry a higher voltage range. This also means they use different materials and tools. Commercial electricians require heavy-duty equipment to service a bigger scale project.
Technical Skills Requirements
Residential and commercial electricians begin with the same training. Commercial electricians need more skills to work with complex systems and also need a deeper technical understanding of the equipment used in a larger-scale project. For electricians, it is a matter of specializing in these complex systems and heavy-duty equipment that makes a commercial electrician different from a residential electrician.
Compliance and Regulations
Commercial buildings with their complex systems are required to follow stricter rules and regulations. With this, commercial electricians are required to know and adhere to these regulations. Residential electricians also work with some regulations but they are less complicated and compliance is easier to do.
There are still many factors that distinguish a residential electrician from a commercial electrician. If you are looking for professionals to work with your electrical requirements, you should first know these basic differences.
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