How Software Engineers are Revolutionizing the Work for Electricians

It may seem like a very long time ago when electricity arrived like a miracle into people’s lives, providing light, energy and power. Pretty soon, electricity pretty much reached into all aspects of people’s lives, and the miles and miles of wiring that electricians all over the world have been laying out have reached into the places where people live and where they work, becoming as indispensable as today’s need that people have of their smartphones.

Somehow, software is also becoming quite as indispensable to our lives as electricity has become. There seems to be a software for everything these days – simplifying so much of people’s work, making processes more efficient, more convenient, and more portable. Software Engineers have provided us computer and mobile software on everything from to-do lists to record keeping, project management and accounting and yes, even software that helps electricians in working faster and more efficiently.

To understand how software helps electricians, it is best to start out with a basic understanding of what an electrician Atlanta does. Broadly speaking, it seems simple enough: they install and maintain the electrical systems that bring electricity to our homes and places of business. That includes the installation and maintenance of physical wiring and all necessary electrical equipment. Electricians function both in a macrocosmic and microcosmic sense – being the expert in close up work that includes the use of screwdrivers and pliers, while also navigating their way through the electrical system of entire geographic areas at a time. From the source of electricity to the final consumer, and all the transformers, switches and circuit breakers in between, electricians face both work complexity and a very real danger in their line of work. They are, after all, dealing with electricity – which is always potentially dangerous.

These days, many electricians have also come to rely on various software to help simplify and speed up their work. Faster communication, information exchanges, more efficient research and calculation capabilities, blueprints and maps accessible through portable devices – all have become indispensable tools for electricians who spend a good part of their working time out in the field. Smartphones and the software they are equipped with, have become another important tool in the electrician’s toolbox.

Some of the more popular software electricians use include software that helps them work efficiently even while out in the field. Software that provide convenient and portable references regarding electric codes, conversions, formulas, equipment specifications, and the ability to make complex calculations that allow electricians to successfully navigate and efficiently operate complex systems without the time that they usually took to do such background checking, calculations and verifications – work that once needed to be done off the field to ensure that they got it right. Speed, efficiency, and a quicker turnaround time for projects, repairs or maintenance work – these are the result of software conveniently engineered to help our electricians maximize their work output. This can potentially translate to shorter periods of time to deal with outages, greater working precision, and an increased level of protection and safety for our electrical power systems. On the business side, an electrician out in the field can more conveniently provide quotes and help them locate, shop for, and order necessary equipment.

So, while it may seem that electrical engineers, who work most of the time closeted within doors and focused on their computers, are in a very real sense divorced from the real and practical world of electrical contractors, the same software engineers who develop software for electricians and electrical contractors may actually have a deeper and …

The Importance of Electricians for Software Companies

One of the great urban legends regarding software companies is they do not need people who do “physical” jobs. Granted, most if not all, of these software companies hire electricians in managerial functions instead of their actual practice, some companies do still need electricians—most especially the big software companies.

Software development does happen in the cloud, but the business still operates on the physical plane. Offices are still functioning like how other offices from other companies are functioning. They are still limited in the capacity of what the office space is providing. There is no software that can fix a broken light. Indeed, a broken light can be easily replaced, but bigger electrical problems are not going away through coding. Properly trained professionals are needed in this kind of situations, not just to fix the problems but also protect the people within the company from accidents.

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It is not also proper to underestimate electricians, as they are not merely technicians. Software developers should know, electrical work is based heavily on Mathematics. Voltage and current have complex mathematical formulas and are dealt with precise measures. Aside from the technical aspect of dealing with electricity, electricians also follow bureaucracy to a tee. Governmental regulatory bodies release building codes, laws are in place for any their electrical work. Electricians always make sure they are up-to-date in local, state-level, and national laws that set the parameters of electrical structure not just in government buildings but also in private setting be it residential or commercial.

Software companies are usually labeled as within the industrial complex. Industrial buildings have stricter codes to follow. One can say, software companies should have relaxed codes to follow since they are not dealing with machinery and moving large cargoes of products that are highly flammable. It is good to remember that whatever a software company is developing, they are highly dependent on power and electrical equipment. The building dangers are one thing, but maintenance of the integrity of the power lines and electrical structure is another whole business. No software company likes to suffer a downtime due to power failures. Software companies usually deal with high accessibility with its products. An hour worth of downtime may spell doom to the upcoming financial quarter.

Most of the companies hire third-party electricians to deal with their problems whenever they arise. Software companies also just avail the maintenance and repair offered by the building management, which either subcontracts the electricians or has an in-house team. Large companies who own their own building do have their in-house electricians to not deal with their electrical problems but to outright prevent them entirely.

Whatever the size of a software company, the presence of an electrician is more than required. They may not be an integral part in the development of a product but they are needed in keeping the business running. The key word here is business, a software company is still a business entity, it is not immune to the problems that arise in the physical world and should learn to deal with it like every other business does.…

How Software Can Increase an Electrician’s Efficiency

Efficiency software is premised on the fact that there is always room for improvement in any work process, particularly if you are dealing mainly with human endeavors. As humans, we are naturally prone to high and low peaks in our concentration and energy, and human error is always a possibility. This naturally translates to more time needed for work to accommodate the nature of the human body and the human condition.

By utilizing various software, however, even electricians can boost their efficiency and productivity a great deal. This is particularly true for a field service company such as an electrical contractor’s business. And because of the wide variety of efficiency software now readily available to us, the many variables that figure into a successful field service industry such as electrical services can all pretty much be streamlined and improved.

Some of the ways that software can boost an electrician’s efficiency include:

Dispatching, Scheduling, and Time Tracking

Apps and software programs can help organize your schedules and dispatches to make sure that you never miss a client’s scheduled date for a visit or a work order. This also allows you to pre-arrange schedules among your employees or workers to ensure that everybody gets a fair workload distribution and that the most convenient job call is given to those who are nearest, or to those who are most qualified to handle the job. Time tracking software, on the other hand, allows you to log in time conveniently, tracking hours worked for all the different employees at different jobs, which is important when you are charging by the hour.

Efficient Communication

Yes, we have calls and texts as efficient means of communication. But having software that is shareable among the members of your team, or among your employees, allows for real-time communication between you, your team members, and your colleagues.

Also, communication software allows you to track calls, emails, texts and other forms of communication between you, your workers, your team members, and even your clients, and not miss important queries and concerns from potential or existing clients.…

Top Software for Electricians

New technologies are constantly being developed to make our lives easier, and this is no less true for electricians. Software applications can save electricians a lot of time and effort by providing easy to access, convenient tools that can help them make calculations; access needed information; enter invoicing and billing information; and a whole lot more.

Here are some of the top picks for electrician software that are currently available:

  • TurboBid

This is an estimating software that accommodates electrical work for residential, light commercial and industrial work, remodeling, and other construction projects. The great thing about this software is that it is flexible enough to allow for different types of work. So whether you are providing purely electrical work, or include other services such as plumbing and construction work, this is a great tool to generate estimates, integrating all the different services rendered in one convenient and user-friendly interface.

  • eToolsLite

eToolsLite is a handy mobile software that allows an electrician to check references for codes, converters, and other similar materials. An electrician can simply check his smartphone to verify that information he only vaguely remembers is correct, to make calculations, to convert values, and a whole lot of other tasks. Having it so handy is a big plus, especially if you are out in the field somewhere and need to check a specific provision of the NEC, or are unsure about a mathematical formula you barely remember.

  • Electrical Wiring Lite

This is a free app that can help you make calculations based on NEC provisions. One of the best things about it is that it is free!…