Every business owner in McLean, VA, needs an industrial electrician for their facility throughout its commercial life. Support is needed when buying a property to ensure viability, and the electrical system is up-to-code. Once everything is up and running, the owner needs a regular inspection and maintenance schedule to keep it that way. After a disaster such as a lightning strike or an industrial accident, that professional ensures everything is put back together so operation can resume as quickly as possible.
Industrial electricians do much more than just inspect facilities and equipment, however. Their daily tasks include maintaining, repairing, and testing electrical equipment and wiring. Most people in this field have full-time, salaried employment with large companies, but there is a percentage that works with companies of various sizes on a contract or independent basis and are usually brought in only when there is a breakdown or some other type of emergency. At Pullin Electric, we have our industrial electricians on staff.
Employers hiring industrial electricians include steel producers, electrical equipment manufacturers, motor vehicle producers, mining companies, and manufacturers of replacement parts for most industries. In the last decade, more industrial electricians are becoming experts in the field of robotics as well as standard electrical requirements.
In addition to the technical training, industrial electricians also work under very difficult conditions. They often have to climb over machinery, function in confined spaces, and crawl into tight spaces other employees refuse to enter. Industrial electricians also have to effectively communicate with everyone from line workers and plant managers to utility representatives and safety inspectors. They also need to have a solid understanding of blueprints as part of their basic knowledge.
Most industrial electricians work set standard hours with extended shifts on occasion. At Pullin Electric, we have one of our staff electricians on call, 24/7, even holidays. We understand that machines break, and the power goes out at the worst possible times and are ready to respond to every customer whenever needed.
Once the facility is up and running, the owners need to put in place a regular inspection and maintenance schedule to ensure continuous operations. After a lightning strike, industrial accident, or another disaster, an industrial electrician ensures everything is put back together quickly so normal operations can resume supporting customers as soon as possible. At Pullin Electric, our staff industrial electricians can perform an extensive inventory of services for every customer. Included in that inventory are the following:
The list of services may look like the checklist for a large manufacturing or assembly plant, but they are the same requirements, HAZMAT excluded, for a server farm, clothing assembly facility, and most other light, and heavy, industrial operations. For these and other businesses in McLean, VA, an industrial electrician is vital to keeping all of them up and running to support customers, employees, and the community at large. To meet that goal, electricians and other Pullin Electric team members perform these key tasks for every customer.
Depending on the size of the facility, one or more Pullin industrial electricians check everything out. That means the wiring, outlets, connections, electrical service panels, lighting fixtures, safety equipment, and all other indoor and outdoor electrical equipment. Once completed, our staff electricians provide a complete report of their findings. That includes every issue discovered, the labor and materials needed to fix them, and the estimated costs of each project. We also include in each report where there is an opportunity for upgrades to the electrical system and other improvements, along with the projected costs for each one.
Team members ensure all fixtures inside and outside the facility are properly installed and maintained. They also ensure that light bulbs and tubes do not exceed the recommended wattage for each fixture. Our industrial electricians pay special care to the safety equipment, in particular, the emergency and safety lighting, along with the carbon monoxide and smoke detectors.
A ground-fault circuit interrupter, or GFCI, is a quick-acting circuit breaker designed to shut off electric power in the event of a ground-fault in as fast as 1/40 of a second. A ground-fault is when there is a break in the grounding path of the electrical system (an outlet, for example) or a powered tool. The GFCI works by comparing the amount of current going to and returning from equipment along the circuit conductors. If the amount going differs from the amount returning by as little as 5 Milliamperes, it interrupts the current. For all businesses in McLean, VA, industrial electricians ensure the GCFIs function properly, keeping the current flow at safe levels for employees, customers, and visitors.
Nearly every commercial building in our area has up-to-date electrical panels with modern circuit breakers. Still, with older buildings, our inspectors look for deteriorated wiring leading into the panels and check to make certain all connections are free of rust and corrosion. They also make certain the panel is properly labeled so that the owner knows immediately which circuit was tripped from an overload of some type.
Pullin inspectors also check every electrical outlet and system outside as well. That includes not just exterior outlet covers and securing lighting against extreme weather, but the service cable as well, for example. Team members ensure it is correctly anchored and connected to the service box, which they make certain is properly grounded.
Many older commercial facilities were not constructed with the idea of today’s energy needs. Modern machinery can be more energy-efficient, but it is also more productive and can run longer. For some operations, a modern heating and cooling system are needed, and facilities constructed more than thirty years ago has no concept of the needs of modern computing requirements as well. Many insurance companies refuse to cover older facilities until the owners upgrade the electrical system.
Outdated wiring would be a common issue if the facility were constructed before 1950. Aluminum wiring was common back then, and while it can still function properly, it cannot handle the requirements needed for all of the issues mentioned previously. Obsolete outlets and switches, even in commercial facilities, are sometimes improperly grounded and can become overloaded far quicker than modern counterparts. In these cases, only a licensed, industrial electrician should attempt to upgrade a McLean, VA electrical system.
Outdated service panels are also a concern for older, commercial buildings. If your facility’s service panel is 30 years old, you need to have it checked. Switches and connections deteriorate over time and need replacing or upgrading. All of these are reasons why it is important to ensure your facility’s electrical system is properly installed, inspected, and meets modern building codes and requirements. In addition to meeting the requirements for all local, state, and federal agencies, professional care and maintenance also provides for easier upgrades through the years and catches issues in the system before they become major problems.
Regardless of the issue in your McLean, VA business, an industrial electrician from Pullin Electric can help diagnose an affordable solution. If you need one of our generators for emergency power, an inspection, develop a maintenance schedule, or retrofit your facility’s electrical system, call us today at (571) 428-2326 to schedule a visit from one of our inspectors.