Many electricians work for government agencies, performing electrical installations and repairs at embassy and consulate buildings. They often have to hold a security clearance and travel worldwide. They also must pass drug screening and background checks.
The government needs electricians for a variety of functions, including balancing electricity demand and supply to maintain proper operating conditions. If demand is too high or too low, local and even widespread blackouts can occur. This is why the government entrusts this task to a special group of electricians, called balancing authorities.
EV charging stations and other electrification technologies are growing in popularity. Consequently, the need for electricians who can work with these new technologies is growing. According to Qmerit, a company that installs EV chargers, the U.S. will need an additional 142,000 licensed electricians by 2030 to meet this increasing need.
Twenty-nine construction electricians who work in the Capitol voted to be represented by Washington, DC, union Local 121. This vote could open doors for other blue-collar workers at the Architect of the Capitol and its sister agencies, such as the Bureau of Engraving and Government Printing Office. Electrical Contractor Clearwater