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Enlightened: Electricians

Let’s discover what electricians really are, why you need them, and which type of electrician is right for you.

Magicians to Electricians

Most people understand that electricians are people who work with electricity, but what you probably don’t know is that electricians started as magicians of sorts.

In the early 1700s, scientists like Francis Hauksbee built simple machines that produced visible static electricity- the first of its kind. However, as these renowned scientists moved on to other intellectual pursuits, this idea of electricity was eagerly adopted by street performers and illusionists. Those with a special interest in electricity called themselves “electricians”. These electricians would perform party tricks like lifting feathers or spreading tiny shocks with a handshake.

Francis Hauksbee electricity machine
Hauksbee’s Electrical Machine by Jean-Antoine Nollet

The further the entertainment went, the more real questions these electricians and scientists were led to ask. In time, these questions produced additional experiments and research that brought about much of our knowledge about electricity today.

When considering all the science and theory behind electricity, it is, in many ways, nothing short of magic.

Why You Need An Electrician

Quickly, these electricians and scientists were beginning to see the real power and potential of electricity. Today, it’s no mystery that electricity can be very dangerous. Beyond the small, simple static electricity that shocks you when you’ve walked around your house in socks, we have harnessed electricity that powers entire homes and cities.

While you may be conditioned to consult YouTube videos for tutorials on your home repairs, electrical work is often complex and sometimes unsafe. Trusting our certified electricians saves you the danger and the headaches of your electrical maintenance.

Like many construction trades, electricians are required to complete trade school education and have valid licenses to work. This ensures that our electricians are qualified for the job and will wire your home safely and efficiently.

In addition to having the right licenses, electrical work must follow the National Electrical Code (NEC). The NEC is the common standard for safety regarding electrical installation, wiring, equipment, etc. Because our electricians go through specific schooling and training, they are familiar with these standards and know what is required for your home to be up to code.

Types of Electricians

The two main types of electricians are residential electricians and commercial electricians. Within these, there are three types of electrical licenses: apprentice, journeyman, and master.


Residential electricians handle electrical needs in residential properties. This includes single-family homes, townhomes, apartments, condos, etc. Whether you have a beloved fixer-upper or are ready to build your dream home, residential electricians are here to help.


Commercial electricians are responsible for electrical work in places like retail shops, offices, restaurants, cafes, and most other workplaces. Because commercial work often requires additional schooling and licenses, it’s important to find an electrical company that has licensed commercial electricians. Keep your business running so you can do what you do best with commercial electricians.


Electrical apprentices are considered entry-level electricians who are being trained in electrical code and other practices relating to electrical work. Apprentices work under the supervision of a journeyman or master electrician.


Once completing an apprenticeship, an electrician can take the required exams to receive their journeyman license. A residential journeyman completes two years of formal trade school and work experience. A commercial journeyman completes two additional years of formal trade school (four years total) plus work experience. Journeymen can work independently and often train new apprentices.


A master electrician typically completes the four years of formal trade school, additional continuing education courses, and around eight years of work experience. Master electricians can start their own businesses and manage journeymen and apprentices.

Why Choose Ferree Electric

Ferree Electric offers a full variety of electricians. Sam Ferree, the master Electrician, has worked hard to recruit a well-rounded, wholesome team of apprentices and journeymen who are qualified and knowledgeable. Our team exhibits friendliness and professionalism in all that they do. Whether the job is big or small, we pay careful attention to detail to make sure everything functions and looks just right. Our satisfaction guarantee ensures quality and efficiency.

Click here to learn more about us. Give us a call at 801-702-8930 or send us an email at Sam@ferreeelectric.com to get started today!


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