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A Day in the Life of an Electrician

Ever wondered what it’s really like to be an electrician? Here are the ups, the downs, and all the in-betweens.

6:00 a.m. (…Or Earlier)

*Beep beep beep* An electrician is generally awake before the sun because “burning daylight” is no joke when it comes to electrical work. Every ounce of daylight counts, so it’s time to get started!

The electrician’s ensemble of a crisp pocket tee, fresh denim jeans, and a Ferree Electric hat isn’t complete until you wedge your feet into those dusty work boots. Time for a grab-and-go breakfast, and then you hit the road.

(You can see Ferree Electric’s favorite workwear here!)

7:00 a.m.

The first stop is generally the Maverik, or an establishment of similar purpose, for the morning fill-up. It’s no surprise when both the work truck and the electrician grab a drink to start their day. (Mountain Dew tends to be the favorite choice for the Ferree Electric crew.)

Fully fueled and slightly more awake, the electrical supply house is the next stop. With lengthy lists of parts needed for the day’s jobs, it’s typical to chat and chuckle with the friendly faces at the supply house while your order is being filled.

8:00 a.m.

You’ve arrived at job number one! Every job begins with talking to the customer and listening to their needs. Discussing options, providing feedback, and offering solutions are how the best plans are laid out. Once the plan is in place, it’s time to get your hands busy.

Electrical jobs can include physical challenges like climbing ladders, crawling in attics, running wire, cutting in can lights, upgrading service panels, putting up heat cable, and installing electrical hardware such as switches, plugs, and more. Generator installations and smart home outfitting are also a part of our typical day. Check out the electrical services Ferree Electric offers here!

1:00 p.m. (On the Ideal Day)

What a morning! Lucky for you, it’s time for lunch. While it isn’t a long break, it’s enough to keep you going.

1:30 p.m.

The average person might be feeling worn out by now, but it’s time to find your second wind because you’re headed to the afternoon job. Beyond the physical challenges of electrical work, most jobs also require some mental endurance as well.

Troubleshooting electrical problems can take an abundance of knowledge and patience. Narrowing down the possibilities and pinpointing the real problem isn’t always easy, but if you’ve got a beloved fixer-upper, our electricians are prepared to persevere until they find the right solution. Take a look at our residential services here.

4:00 p.m.

If the day hasn’t seemed long enough already, you’ve got just enough time to fulfill one last service call on your way home. One more chance to stretch your physical and mental capacity. One more shot to learn something new. You give it your all to cross that finish line!

6:30 p.m.

Home sweet home! But… don’t get too comfortable because you might not get to stay there long. It isn’t uncommon for our crew members to eat a quick dinner before running off to trade school several nights per week. The next few hours are filled with learning electrical code, studying electrical theory, and practicing concepts during hands-on lab experiences.

When you arrive home for good, you notice that your crisp pocket tee is now a little more wrinkled, your fresh denim jeans a little more faded, and somehow those boots are even dustier than they were that morning.

10:30 p.m. (…Or Later)

Finally, your head hits the pillow just hoping the obnoxious beeps of your morning alarm don’t come too soon. It’s a full day of hard work and problem-solving, but there’s something special about lying down at night knowing that what you do makes a real difference for the people you serve. Electrical work isn’t just about the daily hustle and bustle, it’s about the relationships built, the knowledge gained, and the character developed along the way.

In reality, every single day as an electrician looks a little bit different, but that’s actually one of the things our electricians like most about this career. There are always new places to see, new people to meet, and new experiences to gain. We’d love to have you join our team! Click here to apply for a career with Ferree Electric. We look forward to seeing what you’ll achieve with us.


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