A huge part of becoming an electrician is learning the electrical skills, but you also have a big physical side to the job. When you go into the electrical field, you will embark on a lot of physical tasks that require just as much training as doing the electrical work.
Along with staying in shape on your own, you can find a number of physical training courses that cater directly to the world of electricians. Learn about some of the physical courses you can take and the activities you will go through in the electrical field.
Confined Spaces Courses
As you deal with wires and electrical connections, a lot of your work may be confined to small spaces. Through electrical training courses, you can learn the best ways to move through tight spaces including attics, large pipes, and underground areas. Your body’s movements will help you fit into the spaces and give you the proper angles to access tools and equipment.
You will learn how to control your breathing and remain focused as you squeeze through tight areas. Some of the physical training may involve extended times in a crouched or kneeling position. The more you learn to train your body and muscles, the more comfortable you will become in the areas.
Aerial Lift Courses
A good amount of electrical work will involve aerial lifts as you reach up towards houses, power lines, and other high areas. When you operate an aerial lift, you do not have to physically climb, but other physical aspects do come into play.
You will want to maintain balance and have the strength to transfer to areas if needed. For example, if you use a lift on a house, you may need to climb out and access a rooftop. Proper arm strength and leg strength will help you make the transfer confidentially.
The more time you spend in an aerial lift, the easier you can move around the lift and feel comfortable up in the air.
Fall Protection Courses
When working on a lift or ladder, physical training will help protect you if an accident occurs. Through enrollment in fall protection courses, you will learn how to properly position your body during the fall. The physical awareness of your body’s position can help prevent broken bones or other serious injuries.
Some fall protection courses may include mats where you can physically practice falling. Over time, your body will build up muscle memory and learn the position you are supposed to fall at. The fall protection courses also include preventative measures to stop falls.
For example, you will learn the best methods for climbing ladders and how to properly carry equipment up ladders. When you have heavy equipment, you will learn the best methods for balancing ladders and preventing large falls. Along with ladders, some of the training may involve climbing on scaffolding as well.
Cable Organization Courses
As you go to different electrical jobs, you may find you have to carry heavy loads of cable to a job site. Through your training, you will learn the physical motions and rhythm to properly coil cable and wire so the spools stay organized. You will also learn the best ways to carry the cable so you can easily transport the items to your job site.
The more you carry cable loads, the more you will build up arm strength. The arm strength will make it easier to carry larger loads of cable and handle the extra weight without too much strain. Trained professionals can share their experiences and showcase the best arm positions for carrying the bigger loads.
Contact us at Independent Electrical Contractors of Greater Cincinnati to find out more about the courses we have to offer. We can get you both physically and mentally prepared for a future as an electrician.