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.
When an electrical panel is overloaded or supplying a higher amount of electric voltage than it is originally rated for, it can cause significant damage to your sensitive appliances at home such as your refrigerators or computers. Overloading your circuit can also potentially lead to an increased risk of electrocution or electrical fires.
To ensure your home and your family’s safety, you should be aware of the common signs that indicate an electrical panel is overloaded. More importantly, you should never ignore these signs and seek professional assistance as soon as possible to get the issue taken care of before the problem escalates.
Below are signs of an overloaded electrical panel you should watch out for:
One of the clear-cut indications that you have an overloaded electrical panel is breakers that trip frequently. While it can be common for a circuit to trip occasionally, if one or more breakers trip often, or your electrical system starts fluctuating more often and suddenly breaks down, it may be high time to have additional circuits installed or to upgrade your main service panel. Ignoring this sign can cause substantial damage to your appliances because of power surges or worst lead to an electrical fire due to overheating or short circuit.
If you hear buzzing sounds or see sparks at or near your electrical panel, this indicates that you have a major electrical problem. Overloaded circuits can cause damages to the breakers, connections, and the wiring, leading to power arcing that creates sparks or buzzing noises, which are also serious risks of fire or electric shocks. Buzzing sounds may also be caused by worn out contacts, failing breakers, or excessive mechanical vibration in your panel. A burning smell could also indicate overheating. You should call a professional immediately if you notice sparks or buzzing sounds in your panel.
Flickering lights can be due to a loose electrical connection or could be an indication of an overloaded circuit. If the flickering lights take place when you turn on your dishwasher or other major appliances in your home, it is likely due to an overloaded circuit.
An excessive amount of electric current can cause the circuits, wiring, and other components in your electrical panel to overheat, which in turn can create a fire hazard. Under normal operations, these components may feel slightly warm to touch, but in the event that they become unusually hot to touch or show signs of melting or burning, including signs of damaged or frayed insulation, there may be a serious overload, and you need to have your electrical system inspected by a qualified electrician immediately.
Your electrical panel plays a crucial role in the safe and efficient distribution of electric current from the main power source to the circuits in your house and the outlets. If you have any concerns about your panel or notice some issues in your electrical wiring system, you should promptly contact a skilled electrician for an evaluation.