Whether you’re new on the scene or a seasoned professional, there are a few basic rules that every electrician should live by.
The rules are simple, but they’ll help you work smarter, faster and safer – and improve the quality of your workmanship too.
So if you’re looking for a way to build your customer base and enhance your reputation, read on – here are 5 essential rules that the best sparkies follow.
1. Don’t Take Shortcuts
Being thorough, precise, and following good processes is the key to quality work no matter what profession you’re in. But if you’re an electrician, quality workmanship is non-negotiable. Aside from the pride of a job well done, sparkies have the added responsibilities of safety and compliance. There is rarely (probably never) a situation where taking shortcuts on the job will produce the same result as when it’s done properly. Chances are, any time you save by cutting corners you’ll more than make up fixing your mistakes. So, save yourself the headaches and do it right from the start.
2. Never Stop Learning
Although electricians get plenty of training as an apprentice, even when you’re qualified, there is still much to learn. As a journeyman electrician, you can complete further study to specialise in a particular field, such as air conditioning or renewable energy. There are also professional development courses available that will sharpen your skills and knowledge. Plus, it’s absolutely vital you keep up to speed with the latest changes in rules, regulations and industry standards to be sure your work is compliant.
3. Become a Troubleshooting Expert
As an electrician, you’ll be diagnosing and solving electrical problems on a daily basis. Sometimes they’ll be straightforward, other times you’ll need to think laterally to uncover a solution. By teaching yourself to troubleshoot effectively, you’ll solve problems faster, which will save you time and money. When you hone this skill and become a master in the art of problem solving, it’s a definite advantage as a sparkie.
4. Safety First Always
The mere thought of OH & S (occupational health and safety) can cause many a tradie to yawn, but for sparkies, safety is a matter of life and death. The smallest mistake can have serious consequences so you need to have your wits about you all the time. Equip yourself with safety gear, make sure your up to speed with the latest rules and regulations and don’t be complacent. Put a solid set of safety procedures in place as this will help you perform your work safely, efficiently and by the book.
5. Get Yourself Some Good Tools
All tradies know that having the right tools for the job is an absolute must. Electricians need a pretty wide selection of tools, so choose them wisely. Work out which tools you use the most, and buy the best you can afford. Find a tool box or bag that suits your needs and holds and protects all your everyday essentials. And if you have specialised tools that you only use on occasions, get yourself a second tool box you can keep in the ute or van and access as needed.
No matter what stage of your electrical career you’re at, there’s always room to improve. Follow the rules and you’ll learn more, stay safe and produce work that your clients love and that you’re proud of.
Over to you
Are you a sparky with your own set of golden rules? Or do you have one in mind that we missed? We’d love you to share.