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Master electrician Alexander Laub – HAZET industry story

Alex discovered his passion for energy at the age of just 16 and began his apprenticeship as an electrician. Since 2013, he has been running his specialist electrical company in Wuppertal and the surrounding area. Officially, his job title is "master electrician", but he prefers to call himself an electrician.

His team of 8 offers services in the field of electrical installation, switch cabinet construction and satellite/cable systems, among others. Alex is always happy to pass on his knowledge to apprentices. In fact, you can also do an apprenticeship with Alex.

Work as an electrician

If you have a problem with highly complicated tech, you call the electrician - although their official job title is electronics technician.

Constant innovation in the field of electronics demands electricians give their all to keep up to speed, especially when it comes to intelligent networking and communication.

Electricians always have to have their finger on the pulse and be able to install modern systems with modern tools.

Tools need to have that spark.

Alex installs building controls

Everything is possible in advanced electrical engineering. Alex offers individual solutions and complete installations of modern building controls and smart homes.

Alex installs network wiring

Whether extending a network wiring or planning a complete new installation, whether corded or via Wi-Fi: Alex always finds the perfect solution!

Alex installs photovoltaic systems

If you want to become your own electricity supplier, Alex is your man! Make worrying about electricity price increases a thing of the past...

Alex installs industrial plants

Alex comes up with flexible solutions to problems in order to reduce breakdowns and maximise the profitability of your company.

A day on the job with our electrician: An interview with Alex

What does an electrician actually do and how has the industry changed over the years? Alex talks you through his exciting everyday work!

The master electrician also gives you valuable tips in his insightful video tutorials.

In short, we offer every electrical installation service imaginable. We install intercom and telephone systems, networks and SAT systems. Photovoltaic power systems also fall within our scope of activities. If you want to generate your own electricity, you are welcome to ask us about a suitable photovoltaic power system concept.

Even at the age of just 16, I really wanted to learn a trade. Since I am enthusiastic about technology, I decided to train as an electrician. A long time has passed since then, but I have never regretted my decision.

The variety. Every day we get the chance to see something new. At times we work down in basements, others on top of roofs. And due to advances in technology, we are often faced with new challenges.

The most important thing is to have a passion for physics, mathematics and technology. Diligence and the ability to work in a team are, of course, also important. A good level of physical fitness never hurts, but that usually comes automatically with the job.

Every good electrician works according to the 5 safety rules of electrical engineering. If you follow these rules and can trust your employees and no electrical accidents will happen.

The 5 safety rules of electrical engineering at a glance:

1. Disconnect from the mains
Disconnecting is the process of disconnecting all poles of an electrical system from live parts.

2. Secure against reconnection
Prevent the system from being switched on accidentally. A restart must be reliably prevented. In the low-voltage network, simply replace the blown-out fuses with lockable blocking elements.

3. Verify that the system is dead
The very act of verifying absence of voltage with a voltage tester is considered working under voltage. Is the system now actually voltage-free? Use a "suitable testing device", e.g. a voltage tester, to verify the absence of voltage at all poles. Before using it, however, you must check that the voltage tester is functioning properly.

4. Carry out earthing and short-circuiting
If the system is voltage-free, connect the conductors and the earthing system with short-circuit-proof earthing and short-circuiting devices.
Important: First earth then short-circuit!

5. Cover or fence off adjacent live parts
According to the 5 safety rules of electrical engineering, adjacent live parts are defined as parts that are within the vicinity zone.
If parts of an electrical installation in the vicinity zone of the work location cannot be disconnected, additional precautions must be taken before starting work. In this case, use insulating protective shutters or covering material as protection against accidental contact with live parts.

We first meet at the office to discuss and assign the day's tasks. Then the teams travel to each of their respective construction sites. The call outs are so varied that every day is different. In the evening, the teams meet back at the office or head straight home.

During my apprenticeship in 1996, I naturally followed the events of the Düsseldorf Airport fire. Since then, fire protection has been made a priority. Even today, the requirements are being expanded and the work is becoming more and more demanding. The days when an electrician simply laid cables are long gone. Today, you have to develop an understanding of how the devices that make up complex systems communicate with each other.

We once got a call about a socket dripping water. That was really crazy! But we quickly got to the bottom of what caused it: The roof insulation had been damaged and had allowed rainwater to enter the socket via the cable.

It has long been known among mechanics that HAZET tools stand for first-class quality.

This quality is also reflected in the HAZET tools we use as electricians. They are extremely resilient and just feel great to use.

That's why I'm looking forward to HAZET releasing more products that are relevant to our industry.

Alex' recommendation

The HAZET high-voltage tool set 150/52 with protective insulation. Thanks to the extendable handle and the high-quality, rubberised castors, transporting your tools is made easy. The sturdy case has a double aluminium frame and is made of break-proof X-ABS, allowing you to load up to 40 kg worth of tools. Push or pull, however you roll!


Alex' tutorials and recommendations

The perfect tool completes the circuit

Electricians are tough. They often work in hard-to-reach places, in the dark and sometimes even in the cold.

That's why electricians rely on tools that provide maximum comfort in these difficult conditions.

HAZET knows these challenges and precisely how to meet them. That's why HAZET offers the right tools for Alex.

Tools with protective insulation for electricians

Just a few clicks away: Get to know Alex

Want to find out more about Alex or have general questions about electrical engineering? Find him on Instagram!

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