We live in the Internet age, technology is omnipresent and nothing seems to be beyond our reach. Progress is the word of the day when describing our technological leap forward. All of this novelty stands on an infrastructure serviced by one of the first electrical tools ever discovered: the humble wire.
Wiring knits our modern world together. It’s literally everywhere from your smartphone to singing greeting cards. And, of course, wires send electricity and information all over the world.
Electrical wire technicians aren’t likely to be looking for professional reconversion anytime soon. Being an electrical wire technician is a very attractive employment opportunity. It provides job security and potential for growth.
Here are the qualities electrical wire technicians need to develop to stand out:
Knowhow — Of course an effective electrical wire technician needs to know the job, that’s a given. They need to know how to read an electrical schematic, understand electrical symbols on a Bill of Material (BOM), set up electrical systems, upgrade, andreplace them if necessary. But they also need to stay abreast of new technological developments, including tools and materials. The technology and the way it’s used is in constant flux. A great technician will be ahead of the tech wave at all times.
Technically minded — All good technicians are the type of individuals that can take a piece of equipment apart, put it back together, and call that fun. Being an electrical wire technician entails being able to read complex systems and find an effective way to upgrade or replace. The technician needs to be able to ascertain how a system works and must do so quickly if they’re to perform their job effectively. They are the type of person that finds an electrical control panel technically interesting and enjoys wiring up the different components.
Goal-oriented problem solving — Electrical wire technicians tend to have very effective problem-solving skills. The job demands someone who finds the safest and most efficient way to get things done. Trying to fix an electrical issue is not about testing every wire available but to reason the most likely problem and fix it. This requires technical knowledge, reasoning, and educated guesswork. The technician must be able to balance the needs of the client with the available technical solutions as well as factor in costs and other constraints such as geography, environmental concerns, and safety rules.
Communication skills — Whether it’s reading a client’s order, discussing electrical installation with an engineer, or working with a customer service department, an electrical wire technician needs to be a proficient communicator. There’s no way around that in today’s highly integrated world. Today’s technicians are highly sought-after professionals that need to be able to deal with complex situations and work with a variety of professionals to get the job done.
Physical condition — Being an electrical wire technician can be a physically demanding job. Technicians often need to work under stressful conditions, which may include being on their feet for long periods of time or bent over an electrical control panel while wiring it. Being relatively fit and physically strong can be advantageous because it can help with focus and stamina.
Dexterity — If you’re going to be working with wires and technical equipment all day long, you need a certain amount of dexterity. A good electrical technician is, of course, handy with his or her hands. Nimble fingers and good vision can make the job easier.
Teamwork and leadership — Electrical wire technicians are often called to work as part of a team or to lead a team. This is why, aside from being effective communicators, they need to be team players that can work under direction and easily integrate into a team. When called on to take point on a team, they should be able to pull out their leadership abilities.
An organized mind and cognitive skills — Getting any complex wiring done requires an organized mind and an effective memory. An effective technician may be able to plan the wiring of a grid at a glance and complete the work several days later without a second look. Technicians need quick minds that can deal with different situations simultaneously.
Flexible and adaptable — Though the job has typical daytime hours, most electrical wire technicians respond to emergencies. A good technician needs to be flexible and adapt their skills and work hours to the job at hand.
Today’s electrical wire technicians are highly effective and sought after professionals that balance a great deal of technical knowhow and skills with a flexible job outlook. They are independent, goal-oriented and highly creative in the way they apply their skillsets.
Let me know if there’s any way I can help you as you progress in your career. I want to make sure that you stand out.