As an aspiring electrical contractor approaches the transition from training to full-time work, there are numerous considerations which need to be kept in mind. Emma Segelov, Head of Marketing at MK Electric, discusses five key areas to focus on.

New ways of working

Although BIM Level 2 may currently only be a requirement for public projects, it is likely to become a must-have for private contracts in the years to come.

Designed to reduce inefficiencies and support collaboration, BIM offers benefits to every member of the supply chain, and for young contractors entering the industry, it’s well worth getting to grips with this technology in order to add value to an employer or a personal business.

Changing demands

As lifestyles change, so too do the needs of customers, so it’s important to take stock of the latest products which cater to modern living. For example, as smart devices become an increasingly central part of day to day life, there is a rising need for sockets which incorporate USB ports – and manufacturers such as MK Electric are able to provide these through an ever-evolving portfolio which responds to end user demand.

Check, check, check

From a practical perspective, there is nothing more fundamental than getting into the habit of doing final checks. The career of a contractor is built upon reputation, and meticulous attention to detail is integral to this. Whether it is double-checking a connection or ensuring each screw is tightened, it’s vital to make sure that every last detail has been seen to before leaving a job.

Legislative updates

As a working contractor, there is a responsibility to be conversant with Building Regulations, such as Part P, Part M and Part L, as well as new legislation and updates to existing regulations. The third amendment to the 17th Edition of the IET Wiring Regulations had a far-reaching effect on the industry, and an impact on which products should be specified. Whilst Amendment 3:2015 has now been adopted across the board, the publication of the 18th Edition is on the horizon for July 2018, which means there will potentially be a fresh set of changes to take into account. Manufacturers, distributors, and trade bodies will likely release helpful guidance on this, and by keeping abreast of industry news, newly qualified contractors can make sure they stay up to date.

Quality counts

Each individual project reflects on the contractor, and whilst it certainly isn’t the case that a workman is only as good as his tools, choosing the right products can definitely help. With innumerable brands to choose from, it’s crucial to know how to spot a reputable manufacturer. For example, look at how long a company has been established, and how well known they are within the industry. Another good indicator is how confident a brand is in its own products. At MK Electric, our product guarantees run up to 20 years because we believe in the quality and reliability of what we produce, and this offers peace of mind to both contractor and customer.

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