Important Facts About Hiring a Licensed Electrical Contractor
The Importance of Hiring Qualified Electricians for Any and All Electrical Jobs
Many homeowners and small business owners have a predisposition to perform their own repairs and maintenance as required in and around their respective properties. Painting, carpentry, and plumbing are commonly part of their do-it-yourself skills, in turn driven in equal parts by confidence in their abilities and a desire/need to forego the costs of hiring a third party to complete the work.
On the other hand, there are many other property owners who are quick to hire outside help for their maintenance needs; most often, these individuals do not have the skills, time, or inclination to do their own repairs, and are therefore willing, or perhaps forced, to pay for someone else’s time, labour, and expertise. Yet despite these polar mindsets, there tends to be at least one area where both groups agree that a hired service is the way to go – electrical work.
The vast majority of people are intimidated, if not fearful, of working with electricity, and rightly so; electrical work in general has many inherent dangers that are magnified when attempted by naïve property owners. Consequently, it is best left in the hands of people with the knowledge, training, and proper equipment to get the work done safely and in accordance with established standards/codes.
But this does not mean hiring just anyone who has dabbled in electrical work in the past and wears an elaborate belt loaded with various tools, testers, and a flashlight; it means hiring an electrician who is licensed and qualified to perform such work in the province of Ontario. And where does one find these professionals? They are employed by a licensed electrical contractor.
Licensed electrical contractors are the only Ontario businesses that are legally authorized to perform electrical work in homes, commercial properties, and industrial facilities; thus the owners or managers of such properties place themselves and other residents/tenants at serious risk if they elect to use unlicensed electricians/unlicensed companies for these jobs for the sake of convenience or cost savings.
There are numerous advantages to hiring licensed electrical contractors over handymen or general contractors who might profess that they can do the same jobs as electricians; licensed electrical contractors in Ontario can offer or provide the following:
- Workplace insurance coverage
- General liability insurance coverage
- Qualified electricians to do the required jobs
- Ability to obtain any requisite electrical permits
- Certificates of Inspection (for insurance purposes)
- Dedicated master electricians (i.e. onsite supervisors)
- A valid Electrical Safety Authority (ESA) license number
- A list of references to validate their expertise/workmanship
Moreover, an electrician who works for a licensed electrical contractor in Ontario must be certified and licensed for the particular types of electrical jobs they are assigned; these designations are as follows:
- 309 Certification – residential and commercial work
- 442 Certification – industrial facilities and complexes
Here again, the property owner or manager should ensure that their electrician has the appropriate qualification/certification to work within their respective settings to avoid the risks associated with inadequate electrical skills or techniques.
A Placement Agency Can Help Launch Your Career as an Electrician in Ontario
The dependence of society on electricity and its widespread applications means there will essentially be a never-ending need for qualified electricians to install and maintain the wiring and control equipment through which electrical current passes; thus, individuals looking to pursue a career in the electrical trade are presented with a viable opportunity.
Of course, one of the biggest hurdles faced by aspiring electricians will be breaking into the trade, so to speak, i.e.: securing their first jobs. This is where a professional staffing agency that specializes in placements within the electrical sector, like Winters Technical Staffing in Toronto, can prove to be a valuable asset in enhancing the chances of finding gainful employment in Ontario or perhaps even beyond.
As a leading recruiting agency within the electrical sector for the past 45 years, Winters Technical Staffing has developed and maintained an extensive network of contacts with companies/hiring managers who need skilled electricians and hence offer apprenticeships as a means to obtaining such talent; as a further advantage to those seeking electrician jobs, these working relationships between Winters Technical Staffing and their contacts across Ontario often provide access to electrical apprenticeships that are not otherwise advertised nor readily available to the general public.
To learn more about the areas of specialization within Winters Technical Staffing as they pertain to electrician jobs, visit our staffing agency specializes page.
Contact Winters Today
Are you looking for work as a certified electrician or as an electrical apprentice? Call the placement specialists at Winters Technical Staffing in Toronto at 416-495-7422 today or contact us to schedule a no-obligation consultation about potential opportunities with this profession.
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