Electrical contractors provide essential services including installing electrical wiring, electrical systems, design of electrical plans, as well as diagnosing and repairing electrical systems. In the US, these professionals are classified in three broad categories: electrical contractor residential, electrical contractor commercial and electrical contractor industrial. Each category of electrical contractor has specific training, licensing, and operating requirements. Some of the factors you should consider when hiring any electrical contractor include technical proficiency, licensing, insurance coverage and contract.
According to the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA), electrical contractors perform tasks such as designing, installing, and maintaining electrical systems and fixtures to ensure consumers have a reliable and steady supply of power round the clock. With that in mind, here are some of the key considerations when hiring an electrical contractor.
Illinois does not have a State license for electrical contractors. It is up to each city or municipality to have its own licensing requirements. Below are the general requirements that most follow. Can-duit Electric LLC is licensed in the cities it operates in.
Residential Electrical Contractor
In most states, a residential electrical contractor should have at least 4,000 hours of experience in installation and maintenance of electrical fixtures, systems, and appliances found in residential properties.
Commercial Electrical Contractor
A commercial electrical contractor is a professional who has completed training and racked up at least 4,800 of experience installing, repairing, or removing electrical systems and fixtures in commercial buildings.
Industrial Electrical Contractor
An industrial electrical contractor undergoes specialized training to ensure that he/she can safely handle high voltage electrical, wiring, systems, and machinery. An electrician in this category should have completed at least 8,000 hours of work experience. It is important to note that these are just the average number of hours across the country, meaning the minimum experience requirements vary from one state to another.
Licensing requirements vary depending on the regulations and standards set by the local electrical or licensing boards. In general, licensing boards have the power to set and administer electrical examinations, issue licenses to qualified applicants, renew licenses, suspend and revoke licenses, and penalize contractors who breach the acceptable codes of conduct and work ethics. As such, you should ensure the electrical contractor you hire meets all the necessary license and permit requirements. Some cities require electrical contractors to display their licenses prominently at their offices as well as quote the license number in all official correspondence, adverts (web-based and print media), and business vehicles. This means you should be wary of contractors who do not have an office and a valid license. In fact, it is illegal across the US to operate an electrical contracting business without a license issued by a legally mandated body. In Illinois, however, there is no statewide electrical code. Illinois authorities at the municipal level may adopt the National Electrical Code.
Legislators in Illinois have enacted statutes requiring all contractors to provide their clients with a written contract prior to initiating work valued at more than $1,000. This contract should contain the name of the person or business entity performing electrical work, estimated total cost, parts or materials required, address of person or business contracted, and nature of work (new installations, repairs, removal, or regular maintenance). The contract should also contain contractual provisions related to cancellation of contract, penalties applicable to parties who breach contract terms, and length of contractual relationship (one-time or continuous).
Electrical contractors should have general liability insurance coverage to protect their businesses against the risk of lawsuits related to workplace accidents, damaged property, and fatalities. It is advisable to ask an electrician to show you an up-to-date certificate of insurance. A bond is a form of insurance/security a contractor purchases to compensate customers in the event the contractor is unable to complete a project, does shoddy work, or is unable to fulfill project-specific financial obligations. Can-duit Electric LLC is bonded.
It is advisable to hire an electrical contractor with in-depth knowledge of locally and nationally applicable electrical codes. In Illinois, for example, the applicable codes are those defined by the NEC. A contractor should also be well versed in safety standards and regulations set by reputable bodies in the electrical sector and government agencies such as the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA). In the same vein. Can-duit Electric LLC knows the codes follows them.
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