Electrical Troubleman (or Trouble Shooter)

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When there's a power outage in the neighborhood, the first thing that most people do is to call the electric company to have someone come out to fix the problem. What most people don't know is how many people are mobilized when something like a power outage occurs, and how many levels are evaluated in the case of such an occurrence. An electrical troubleman (or trouble shooter) is the person who actually goes out to physically check the power grid and its connections to its power source, the person who is responsible for figuring out just what the problem is when something goes wrong. If the problem is local to a certain area, the electrical troubleman will find it. If it's not, he or she will continue to follow it back to its source until he finds the problem.

Becoming an electrical troubleman / trouble shooter isn't all that complicated. While it certainly helps to have a solid understanding of physical science and even electrical engineering, many of the principles behind figuring out the problems that cause power outages can be learned on the job, through more of an apprenticeship than a formal training or education. But even if you don't know much about physics going in, you'll learn about it on the job, since the principles of the job are deep in physics.

Ultimately, the basics of electrical trouble shooting boils down to the concept of a simple circuit: if you break the circuit, the power goes out. A power grid is obviously much more complicated than a simple circuit, but the principles of circuitry still apply. An electrical troubleman makes this concept the foundation of his world. It's applying it to practical situations that he learns through hands-on experience.

For the electrical troubleman, there's nothing more satisfying than finding the source of the problem, fixing it, and watching a dark neighborhood come back to life. With a little training and investment of time, anyone with the basics under his or her belt can learn how to expand on those basics to practically apply the principles of basic physics in order to fix problems in a power grid. It's fulfilling work and most electrical troublemen would agree that it's a career worth pursuing.

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