There is in fact a difference between commercial and residential electricians. Residential electricians obviously only work on homes and small living spaces. Commercial electricians have specific requirements to work on commercial buildings. They need the proper licenses and specific codes to go by. They will even go as far as using different materials that residential electricians would use. Usually residentials will be using 1-phase power with 120 to 240 volts and the Commercials will use 3 phase powers of 120V/280V and 277V/480V.
- Most residential electricians will not be able to install certain products due to the IBC.
- Residential and Commercial electricians will use different techniques like cabling and framing.
- Commercial electricians will have more requirements and licensing needed for a business.
“Demand for electricians is higher than ever, and with a projected growth rate of 8% through 2029, it’s a trade that nearly ensures stability. With that said, there are many paths you can take with an electrical certification. Here, we explain how the job differs as a commercial electrician compared to a residential electrician.”