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What are the Qualities of a Good Industrial/Commercial Electrician?

Updated: May 19, 2020

Just like with anything else that you care about and find important when reaching out to a professional, you always want to hire the best in the business. Whether you’re looking for a carpenter, doctor, babysitter or electrician, finding a professional who is talented, well respected and reliable makes for a job well done.

Electricians specialize in a variety of responsibilities, from the installation of a brand new electrical system to repairs and maintenance on older systems. Not only are their in-depth training and experience important, but also their dependability, critical thinking skills, and communication skills. Learn more about the top qualities of a good industrial/commercial electrician.


Dependability is always of the utmost importance for hiring someone. You want to know that they will show up when they say they will. And the customer should feel confident in the professional’s abilities. Especially when it comes to doing work for a commercial or industrial business, time is money and can really play a role in how the business is functioning and profiting. Having a professional who can get the job done correctly and in a timely manner helps make for satisfied customers.

Solid Communication Skills

Like many other hands-on, technical fields, the professional must have the ability to communicate with the customer. Electricity is a technical, in-depth subject for which most everyday people have a lack of knowledge. So when the professional is doing work at a business location, it’s always important that they can communicate in a manner that the customer understands. This will help assure that the customer is confident in the electrician’s abilities and can feel a sense of ease.

Not only is it important for the professional to have the wherewithal to communicate with the customer, but they must also be able to communicate with other working professionals who may be working on the same project. Sometimes the electrician has to work with estimators, contractors and project managers. They need to communicate effectively so that everyone involved is on the same page and knows what is going on. Solid communication helps everyone involved to feel comfortable and reassured.

Critical Thinking Skills/Problem Solving

Because working with electricity is an extremely technical and complex field, many issues can arise. Electricians are constantly challenged with basic and complex tasks in which they will have to troubleshoot and problem solve on their own. Smaller projects, tend only to need one electrician. This means that they must be able to assess and understand the overall electrical problems. They have to rely on themselves to know how to properly and safely investigate the system and troubleshoot safe ways to fix the problem. Having the ability to locate the problem and then assess possible solutions to find which will be the most suitable is a vital skill for all tradespeople.

Finding a solid solution.

Most of these are qualities that can be practiced and learned over time. The time spent in their schooling and on the job training helps them develop the necessary skills to become a proficient professional in the field. At RE Johnson, not only do we send our employees to school through our local Independent Electrical Contractors Apprenticeship Program, but we also work with them to hone their soft skills like communication, time management, dependability, and problem-solving. From our seasoned electricians to our green ones, we pride ourselves on the reliability of all of our employees. Get in touch with one of our specialists today.

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