What makes a good industrial electrician? As with most electrician, the basic skills are the same: good physical condition, problem-solving skills, mathematical aptitude, and good manual and physical dexterity.
But industrial electricians have gained a lot more experience, education and training compared to apprentice electricians and journeyman, perhaps even master electricians. Certainly, they have gained specialization in areas of electrical work that most electricians have never attempted before.
So what are the qualities you can expect from a good industrial electrician?
The greater the specialization, you can expect fewer individuals are practicing in a specialized niche. This makes it important for industrial electricians to learn how to communicate effectively with their team, the industry owners, and other personnel working within the industrial setting. Electrical hazards must be identified, and the details of doing necessary electrical work must be explained to others in a way that they will understand. And all these should be communicated effectively to the other personnel within an industrial facility who may have their own specializations, but whose work is still dependent on electricity.
Often, the ins and outs of an electrician’s work will not be learned until he gets to the workplace. In an industrial setting, an industrial electrician can find himself working with large machines that he has never seen before, but which he is expected to help troubleshoot.
An industrial electrician will have the clarity of mind that is the result of certain expertise in his work, or electrical work, while at the same time being open to learning about new machinery and equipment.
With the development and mass production of electric cars, the next question seems to be inevitable: are we also ready for electric planes?
At this point, the widespread use of electric planes are still basically a goal to aim for, but it is certainly no longer an impossibility. The first prototypes of electric aircraft have been developed, and flown successfully, as early as the 1970s. While there have been succeeding electric planes developed since then, none caught hold, whether it is because of the difficulty of a sustained flight on the limited power of electric batteries, or because fuel-powered aircraft was simply easier.
Now, however, with developments in high-capacity storage batteries and increasing awareness of the amounts of carbon emissions released by a single aircraft flight, the trend seems to be heading towards the possible development and widespread use of electric planes.
The benefits are obvious: improved energy efficiency, less aircraft weight, better aerodynamics, and reduced carbon emissions due to the lack of fuel.
What seems to signify a shift in this direction in the air transport industry is the readiness and willingness of aircraft developers to make the necessary investments in this direction. Most estimate that electric aircraft will now become possible for passenger commuter planes in the next 10 to 20 years.
With this renewed interest in electric-powered aircraft, it may no longer be an impossibility. The main challenge seems to be battery storage capacities and the ability of electric planes to make long-distance flights. Engineers and developers are already working hard to resolve these issues.