Whether it’s your home, office or manufacturing building, ensuring your electrical needs are properly met is a number one priority. Finding the right person to do it is crucial, and there are some details you’ll need to discover before choosing your electrician. Here’s what you need to know to find the right type of electrician for your project.  

What is the difference between electricians?

While each of these terms may sound similar in some ways, they each have very different specializations.

Industrial Electricians

Because industrial properties use some of the most advanced (and often dangerous) electronic equipment available, industrial electricians have to meet more requirements than other types of electricians. In fact, they require formal education lasting approximately four years, either through an apprenticeship, trade-school or a combination of both. After extensive training and licensure, industrial electricians are able to properly repair, service and perform maintenance in buildings that require more energy than a typical commercial or residential space as well as on advance equipment, ensuring your business and employees are kept safe.


  • Manufacturing buildings
  • Factories
  • Large complexes
  • Complicated and advanced equipment

Commercial Electricians  

Commercial electricians require formal education and licensure as well but specialize in public access settings. They ensure all wiring and electrical components are working efficiently and are up to code. For commercial electricians, the building, employees and public safety is their number one priority.


  • Office buildings
  • Restaurants
  • Retail spaces
  • Public access areas

Residential Electricians

Residential electricians work solely within the home setting. They ensure all systems—like the lighting, heating and power—function efficiently and safely. These electricians perform routine checks and repair any damage when necessary.


  • Residential homes
  • Lower energy lighting, heating and power

Why does it matter?

When it comes to electricity and wiring, you never want to take a risk. That’s why it’s important to hire a trained, licensed electrician for your residential, commercial or industrial needs. And the best part? Here at Shockley, we’re fully licensed, bonded and insured in the state of Georgia. Plus, there’s no job too big or small. We’re here to help you with it all, from residential to commercial to industrial projects.

Ready to start your next project? Give us a call! We’re happy to help you start the process.