Electricians' skills are going high-tech

Jun 03, 2018


Nowadays, being an electrician also means mastering computers, highly complex networks

“I think people don’t realize how much science and technology can go into controlling a building,” said Palmer, a project manager with J.M. Electrical Co. “You don’t just turn on a thermostat and get hot or cold air. There’s a lot more to it.

Always among the more technical of tradesmen, the electrician today has ­become a high-tech worker. Buildings are increasingly run by complex systems that use computer processors, sophisticated controls, fiber optics, and other networking gear. That means the electricians who install those systems, and the maintenance workers who monitor them, have to be almost as savvy as the people who designed the equipment.

Courtesy of the Boston Globe