Despite the increasing demand for electricians, the number of young people pursuing skilled labor jobs is decreasing. However, the growth rate for electricians remains exceptionally strong compared to other industries. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, electrician jobs are projected to experience a 9.1% growth from 2020 to 2030, surpassing the 7.7% average growth rate for all occupations.
To create awareness for the profession, celebrate those in the field, and inspire future generations, Fluke Corporation interviewed seven electricians on Instagram. Their insightful stories offer valuable advice and demonstrate their commitment to safety practices. They also include tool tips and talk about the importance of social media for their careers.
The Spark of Inspiration
The motivations that led these individuals to pursue a career as an electrician vary. Some were inspired by family members, while others were driven by a desire to work with their hands.
Similarly, Raymond Chow (@Send.it.automation), a technician at Send It Automation & Electrical Services, also knew a desk job wasn't for him. He thrives on “thinking and acting on his feet,” which led him to pursue a career in the skilled trades ten years ago. Chow claims “it’s been nothing but fun ever since.”
Gems of Wisdom
The value of good advice from mentors and industry veterans can have a far-reaching impact. Here these electricians share their best advice.
Sevrette advises individuals to wholeheartedly pursue a career, emphasizing the electrical profession’s remarkable diversity and its abundance of job opportunities that cater to various interests and personalities. He says that the best advice he ever received, which could put you ahead of 90% of your peers, was to “have a good attitude, keep an open mind, and soak in as much knowledge as you can.”
Wired for Safety: Prioritizing Occupational Well-being
When it comes to safety, using PPE and engaging in safety training is imperative. These electricians also prioritize precautionary measures to ensure a secure working environment for themselves and their teams.
Martinez says his team promotes hazard awareness throughout the day and also does a daily analysis. “Safety is our priority,” he says, “and I ensure my team follows by helping each other and pointing out risks that may arise, [so we] create a safe working environment."
In addition to doing a thorough risk assessment, Chow and Rogosienski highlight the importance of a contingency plan and emergency preparedness.
For Garcia, vigilance is important. He says, "I always check that the people around me do the right things to avoid accidents."
Spier also underscores the collective strength of the team. "We train our guys day in and out for safety, organization, and workmanship because we are only as [strong] as the weakest member. No one carries anyone on our team."
The Importance of Quality and Fluke Favorites
The significance of using high-quality tools cannot be overstated when it comes to ensuring electrical safety. These electricians understand that investing in reliable equipment is essential for carrying out their work effectively and returning home without incident. Which Fluke tools do they rely on day to day?
Garcia stressed the importance of having the right tools for the right job. When it comes to choosing tools that keep him safe, Garcia says, “I don’t want to get hurt or die, so I only trust Fluke.” He and Rogosienski both rely on a Fluke voltage tester.
The Fluke T6-1000 Electrical Tester emerged as a favorite for Sevrette and Martinez. Sevrette praised its durability, compactness, and suitability for quick tests, calling it "virtually indestructible" and ideal for most of his tasks. Martinez likes the non-contact voltage feature for obtaining safe and accurate readings.
For Sperry, the Fluke 378 FC True-RMS clamp meter offers trust and accuracy he can trust with his life.
The Fluke 789 Process Meter is Chow’s go-to tool. He says it does about everything he needs and is one of the most reliable meters he’s come across.
Social Media’s Electrifying Influence
All the electricians agreed on the importance of social media in shaping their careers. Through creativity, consistency, and authentic engagement, these individuals are harnessing the power of social media to build connections, share knowledge, create opportunities, and inspire future electricians.
Martinez sees social media as a platform for sharing his passion for the trade. By offering tips and insights, he connects with and inspires others. Martinez believes that "sharing awareness about the trades can impact others... guiding them through the process."
Rogosienski recognizes social media's potential as a learning and networking platform. By openly sharing her journey and growth, she has built a supportive community. She explains, "I shared my daily experiences, demonstrating my humility, genuine effort, and enthusiasm for learning the trade." Her transparent approach resonates with followers, fostering a strong sense of connection.
Sverett uses social media as a virtual portfolio for his contracting business. His content showcases his expertise and provides a valuable channel to promote his services and establish business connections.
Chow initially used social media as personal cloud storage for work projects, not expecting its broader impact. He feels that his content resonates with a wide audience and benefits others.
Sperry says social media has allowed him to discover new ways to interact and communicate with others. He says that “it has been a tremendous help in connecting with and training the next generation of electricians.”
These electricians’ insights highlight the many rewards of pursuing a career in the field and the opportunities it offers. Their experiences and wisdom are invaluable reminders of the importance of good safety practices, selecting and using quality tools, and taking advantage of social media platforms for professional networking and growth.
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