The Electrical Evolution

The electrical contractor’s role has been changing over the past 20 years, with the evolution of technology, a rapidly changing workforce, and a fast-changing rotation of new electrical products entering the market.

Electrical design, once the sole terrain of architects and building designers, is now often firmly within the grasp and experience of the electrical contractor. No longer sidelined until designs are long-completed and brought out only to complete installations, today’s electrical contractors are often responsible for assisting with the complex task of figuring out how interconnected systems must communicate, selecting the correct products to do the job AND installing and maintaining these technologies.

Even if not directly involved in design, electrical contractors often influence design decisions and product selection choices for building architects and systems designers.

In addition, the growing demand for electrical devices and interconnected systems that communicate with each other in commercial and residential buildings is creating massive demand for skilled electrical workers.

What does that mean for today’s electrical contractors?

It means continuing education and training will be an absolute must for those looking to take advantage of the demand for new technologies. In fact, continuing growth of your technical skill and experience is necessary for those looking to maintain a competitive edge within a field that’s showing great potential for growth opportunities and the demand for workers with the necessary skillset required to work on them.

Training opportunities for electrical contractors are plentiful and can help them move into new market opportunities. IBEW offers a host of educational opportunities and resources that will help you stay on top of your training and can be found on the IBEW website.

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