Someguy, In general, an electrical contractor is an electrician who is state or locally licensed. An electrician is someone who works for the electrical contractor who is not licensed but has several years of experience and training. He could also be an industrial and/or plant maintainence electrician who is not licensed.In most places it is the license that makes the difference. Just my 2 cents.
#19705 - 01/02/0312:27 AMRe: Electrician vs. Electrical Contractor
In WA State; Electrician is a licensed person who must work for an electrical contractor. Electricial Contractor is anybody or company (electrician or not)licensed to do electrical work. The electrical contractor, however, must have an electrical administrator who is equivalent to a master electrician and is licensed as such. Bob
#19706 - 01/02/0312:31 AMRe: Electrician vs. Electrical Contractor
The 2002 Florida Statutes Title XXXII REGULATION OF PROFESSIONS AND OCCUPATIONS Chapter 489 CONTRACTING 489.505 Definitions.
(12) "Electrical contractor" or "unlimited electrical contractor" means a person who conducts business in the electrical trade field and who has the experience, knowledge, and skill to install, repair, alter, add to, or design, in compliance with law, electrical wiring, fixtures, appliances, apparatus, raceways, conduit, or any part thereof, which generates, transmits, transforms, or utilizes electrical energy in any form, including the electrical installations and systems within plants and substations, all in compliance with applicable plans, specifications, codes, laws, and regulations. The term means any person, firm, or corporation that engages in the business of electrical contracting under an express or implied contract; or that undertakes, offers to undertake, purports to have the capacity to undertake, or submits a bid to engage in the business of electrical contracting; or that does itself or by or through others engage in the business of electrical contracting.
It seems in your state that things are all mushed together in the EC license.
Any one else working in Florida want to chime in?
#19709 - 01/02/0306:32 AMRe: Electrician vs. Electrical Contractor
489.516 Qualifications to practice; restrictions; prerequisites.--
(1) Any person who desires to engage in electrical or alarm system contracting on a statewide basis shall, as a prerequisite thereto, establish his or her competency and qualifications to be certified pursuant to this part. To establish competency, a person shall pass the appropriate examination administered by the department. Any person who desires to engage in contracting on other than a statewide basis shall, as a prerequisite thereto, be registered pursuant to this part, unless exempted by this part.
(2) No person who is not certified or registered shall engage in the business of contracting in this state.
#19711 - 01/02/0308:00 PMRe: Electrician vs. Electrical Contractor
Here in NJ,a "Electrical Contractor" is an individual that has taken the mandated test, passed it, and received his "license". After you have a "license" you must have a "Business Permit" to do electrical work.
One business permit per licensed electrical contractor.
Like everybody above^ said, the "contractor" is the "business man". Many great electricians cannot be good EC's (heard that somewhere)