Article
One fact is hard to miss if you’ve spent any time on electrical jobsites
 lately – electrical contractors are getting older. In fact, according 
to Electrical Contractor Magazine’s 2018 survey of electrical 
contractors, contractors’ average age has topped 58 years old, up a full
 year since the publication’s 2016 poll.

Prefab Assemblies Help Contractors Address Labor Shortages

Chuck Ross
One fact is hard to miss if you’ve spent any time on electrical jobsites lately – electrical contractors are getting older. In fact, according to Electrical Contractor Magazine’s 2018 survey of electrical contractors, contractors’ average age has topped 58 years old, up a full year since the publication’s 2016 poll. This means a growing number of electrical pros are reaching retirement age, even as the need for more of them is growing – the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics anticipates the need for electricians will grow by 10% between 2018 and 2028.

While training programs and recruiters scramble to get more young people into the electrical trade, those contractors now in the field are rethinking some of the ways they do their work. Prefabricated wiring systems are one option that can help solve two problems at once, enabling contractors to do more with fewer electricians and eliminating close-work that those with arthritis or other age-related conditions can find challenging.

Some larger contractors are keeping this work in-house by creating their own prefabrication shops. But electrical manufacturers also are getting into the business by offering prefabricated assemblies designed to fit the most common rough-in requirements.
 
Such assemblies can be especially useful in large commercial jobs that might require hundreds of identical outlet and switch boxes to be installed. Those boxes can be preinstalled onto brackets that can be adjusted to fit job-specific dimensions. As a result, there’s no need for time-consuming measurements to ensure everything stays even, or for keeping screws or other attachment hardware close at hand. And pairing these systems with pre-wired wiring devices can speed installation even further.
Photo courtesy of Legrand
Mersen Surge-Trap® Surge Protective Devices
advertisement
NetPak: Five "Must-Have" Tools for Electrical Contractors
advertisement