The search for a commercial electrician can be a stressful one. If it’s your responsibility to choose an electrical contractor for a commercial project, the decision can often mean the difference between success and failure.

Luckily, there is a trusted commercial electrician Denver business owners can trust, qualified to provide expertise and outstanding customer service. ABC2 Electric is a new business but founder Allan Blake has almost fifty years of commercial electrical experience.

What Is a Commercial Electrician?

A commercial electrician is someone who performs electrical services for any type of business, government entity, health care facility, apartment complex, etc. These jobs are typically more extensive and more complex than residential electric jobs. 

The licensing requirements to become a commercial electrician are similar to a residential electrician, though to gain certification one must accumulate a certain amount of hours on commercial projects.

How Do Commercial Electrical Services Differ From Residential?

There is usually higher voltage involved and often a specific commercial license is required before accepting a commercial bid. Typical residential electricians work with a voltage between 120 volts and 240 volts. Commercial electric jobs often require a voltage greater than 240 volts. 

Residential electricians are often required to service and maintain electrical appliances and fixtures. Commercial electricians are generally only used during the construction phase of a project. 

Electrical systems for residential and commercial projects are often wired differently. Commercial wiring schematics are more complex and require a specific background in reading those blueprints. 

How Are Commercial Electricians Trained and Certified?

Commercial electricians are either trained through a technical school that offers an associate’s degree or through an apprenticeship with a licensed electrician. Once they complete either of these programs they are then required to acquire an electrician’s license in the state they plan to work. 

Even after a student completes a training program, it is best practice to learn under an experienced electrician before taking on projects of their own. 

To be granted a commercial electrical license, the electrician must have a specific amount of hours working on commercial projects as an apprentice. With the extra regulations and safety precautions required for larger commercial projects, it is typically more difficult to be granted a commercial electrical license.

What Are the Three Main Types of Electricians?

There are generally three different levels of expertise when it comes to being an electrician. 

Apprentice 

The best and most common way to become a professional electrician is by being an apprentice. The requirements for becoming an apprentice are usually a high school diploma and at least some classroom hours in training. 

Some technical schools offer associate’s degrees to become electricians. Having this certification could make it easier to get an apprenticeship under a licensed electrician.

Journeyman

After a successful apprenticeship, you may apply and test to become a journeyman electrician. This will give you the ability to become licensed in your area and work without supervision. You will also be able to train apprentices of your own.

Master Electrician

When you have reached approximately 4000 hours of electric work as a journeyman, you can be qualified to take a licensing exam to become a master electrician. This is the highest level of electrical certification. 

The exam to become a master electrician is understandably a difficult one which requires you to display detailed knowledge of the National Electrical Code. 

But having the title of a master electrician will elevate your status and give you an advantage when bidding on commercial and industrial projects. Customers and clients will be more likely to trust a large-scale project to someone carrying the title of a master electrician.

What To Consider When Choosing a Commercial Electrical Contractor

When the time comes for your business or the company you work for to choose a commercial electrician in Denver for a project, there are a couple of things to consider.

Ask Around

This is the easiest way to find qualified professionals with a good track record. If someone you know is in a similar industry or has had the same type of work done in the past they could give you a recommendation based on past experiences.

Hardware and electrical supply stores are also good sources for finding contractors. They may even have a list of qualified commercial electrical contractors for the area.

A company’s reputation is vital to its success. Ask around the Denver area and you will find no more reputable commercial electrical contractor than ABC2 Electrical. 

Verify Their License

Once you’ve narrowed your list down to a few commercial electrical contractors with good recommendations, the next step is to verify that they are currently licensed and bonded. An electrician may have all the experience in the world, but if their license and bonding information isn’t up to date, the risk of any incident on the job falls on you. 

If you choose ABC2 Electric you’ll have that peace of mind knowing the contractor you’ve selected is fully licensed and bonded. 

Why Are Our Electricians Bonded and Insured?

The commercial electricians from Denver working at ABC2 Electric are bonded and insured to provide peace of mind to each of our customers. Before each license is granted a bond is secured. This guarantees to our customers that we will comply with all state requirements. 

When you choose ABC2 Electric, you’ll know that our electricians are all bonded and insured. While we stand by our work and professionalism, this gives our clients the knowledge and assurance that the work will be done safely.

Why Should You Choose ABC2 Electric?

Choosing a commercial electrical contractor is an important decision. You want experience and customer service you can trust. 

Founder Allan Blake not only runs the daily operations at ABC2 Electric, but he has been in the industry for 49 years. He served in the Army Corps of Engineers for six years before getting his electrical contractor license in California. 

At 25 years old, Allan started Blake Electric. In 2022, Allan decided to start ABC2 Electric to serve the Denver metropolitan area. 

With Allan at the helm, his clients can rest assured knowing that only the best electrical contractors will be performing the work by ABC2 Electric. Get in touch today!