More on the Professions Our Employees Hold
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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

We have spoken previously about the wide array of professions our employees have here at Gilbert. Welders, painters, transformer winders, field service personnel — if you can think of a job in the electrical engineering industry, we probably have people performing that job for us. However, for those not too familiar with the electrical engineering industry, knowing what people do in these professions may not be the first thing on that person’s mind. Read on and you’ll find a brief description of what some of our employees do at Gilbert Electrical Systems.

-       Welder
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that this specialty is on the rise. There is a 15 percent growth rate in the number of welding positions between 2010 and 2020. And as we require welders to work on our electrical equipment at Gilbert Electrical Systems, we are happy about that! So, what exactly does a welder do? To put it simply, welders weld or permanently join metal parts together, using heat, electric energy and a secondary metal. Metal items and other equipment do need other attention from welders, though, so that’s why they can also fill in holes and indentations with hand-held metal joining equipment. There is a myriad of pieces of equipment welders use to get the job done: hand-welding, flame-cutting, hand soldering and brazing equipment are just a very few of the types of equipment used.

-       Electrician
As an electrical systems company, having qualified electricians is key to our business. This is another job that is on the rise, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. From 2012-2022, there is a projected 20 percent growth rate for the job outlook. And as there are many electronics and things related to electricity in the world, knowing what an electrician does in a specific industry may be difficult to define. As a more broad definition, electricians can install and maintain different types of electrical power; they can install, maintain, repair and replace wiring, lighting systems and equipment with specific sets of tools; inspect electrical components and can identify problems with electrical equipment. This position requires many interrelated skills since it encompasses such a broad area. Paramount, though to our electricians, is compliance with all codes and the utilization of proven safety practices.

-       Mechanical Draftsman
This is a position that is needed within the electrical engineering world, but may not be well known to those not versed in the industry. As mechanical drafters work with dimensions and equations, having a background with a wide range of math and some science is needed. But this doesn’t necessarily describe for you what mechanical draftsmen do. This position entails people creating diagrams and charts of the equipment that coworkers (like welders and electricians) will be working on. The diagrams should include dimensions of the piece of equipment and other relevant engineering information; sort of roadmaps to provide installers proper direction.

While we have a large number of employees all with a vast assortment of skills, they all function together as a team to get the job done.

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