What is Electrical Contracting?
Electrical contracting is the business of bringing power, light, and communications to buildings and communities across the United States and around the world.
In the U.S., electrical contracting is an industry valued at over $130 billion annually, made up of over 70,000 electrical contracting firms employing over 650,000 electrical workers.
An electrical contractor is a business person or firm that performs specialized construction work related to the design, installation, and maintenance of electrical systems. Whether high-voltage power transmission or low-voltage lighting, electrical contractors ensure these systems work in a safe, effective, and environmentally-sound manner.
Electrical contractors are generally classified by the type of electrical work they do.
- “Outside” or “line” contractors are responsible for high-voltage power transmission and distribution lines. Line contractors see that the electricity generated at a power plant is carefully carried through a series of high-voltage lines and substations before it is used to power any facilities, buildings, or homes.
- “Inside” electrical contractors provide electricity to any structure within a property’s boundary lines, including outdoor lighting or substations. These electrical contractors can serve as prime contractors for all electrical and cabling design, installation, and maintenances for commercial, institutional, and residential buildings.
- “Integrated building systems” (IBS) or “Voice/Data/Video” (VDV) electrical contractors work primarily with low-voltage installations, such as back-up power, climate controls, wireless networks, energy-efficient lighting, telecommunications, fiber optics, and security systems. Low-voltage contractors ensure that these system controls work together for maximum energy efficiency and building performance.
An electrician is a person trained (and usually licensed) to perform electrical work. An electrician may be employed by an electrical contractor or may be self-employed as an electrical contractor. In most states, there are separate licensing requirements for electricians and electrical contractors.
Electricians may be further classified as apprentices (enrolled in an apprenticeship training program), journeymen (completed an apprenticeship program), or master electrician (a journeyman who has completed additional training and testing).
The National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) is the voice of the $130 billion industry responsible for bringing electrical power, lighting, and communications to buildings and communities across the United States.
NECA members are electrical contractors who work in all aspects of electrical construction. While most NECA members qualify as small businesses, large, multi-area electrical contracting firms are also members of the association.
NECA contractors hold a high standard for superior performance and are committed to delivering quality results.
NECA contractors are the experts at the top of their field. They know the latest technology. They take the time to understand your business’s unique needs, and they find the innovative solutions to meet them.
NECA contractors employ the most highly trained and reliable workforce in the industry. They will get your job done right the first time, on time, without disrupting your business.
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