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Choosing the Right Electrician for You: An Interview with Gene Surdi of Suffolk Bureau of Electrical Inspectors

By Gene Surdi

Tell us a little bit about your company and its foundation.

I have over 35 years in the electrical industry. I have several family members in the electrical industry here on Long Island. I passed my inspectors exams in 2001. and started the company in 2003. At the time it was just myself doing everything. Today we have five certified electrical inspectors and one Energy Rater on staff not including myself.

Please explain the three most important qualities an electrician must possess.

The three most important qualities an electrician/Inspector must possess are: Must have the knowledge and background to support his or her decisions and answers. Must be able to clearly communicate to the clients their findings in the field. Must be able to continue their education in the electrical industry.

What is the difference between an electrician specialist and generalist?

The difference between an electrician specialist and a general electrician is: A specialist is one who is involved in a specific area of the industry such as Motor control and logic electrician - this person will mainly focus on motors and the equipment it takes to run them including the logic controls that communicate to the motors when to start and stop.

Instrumentation and data electrician: This person would work typically in a laboratory environment interfacing measurement systems like temperature, pressure, flow, load and many other parameters. They usually work alongside Engineers and the scientific support staff.

In your opinion, is it better to have an electrician who is a specialist or generalist?

A general electrician or electrical contractor is the person one would call if the lights are not working in your home or office. You would call them if you want your new home or pool wired or if you need your service upgraded. These people are very skilled in these areas of general electrical work. They are required to be licensed and insured. They are typically small business where the owner is wearing many hats, payroll, bookkeeper, HR, accounts receivable and payable, They are also out in the field working. Its very demanding today to own and operate an electrical contracting business.

In my opinion if you are looking to have electrical work done in the home or office, you are looking for the general electrician. They are the specialist in these areas. They have the broader background and many years of experience in a multitude of areas.

What advice do you have for someone who found an electrician they can afford, however perhaps he/she doesn't have the experience they want?

If you found someone that you want to work with because the price is right but you feel they don't have the background or experience to SAFELY and PROPERLY execute the task, Don't hire them. You will be the one ultimately responsible for what goes on in your property. You decided to save some money and hire the less experienced person. You are the one taking the risk.

What's the best way for people to get in contact with you and your company?

I may be reached at www.suffolkbei.com or at 631-495-8136 of by email at sbeigs@gmail.com

40 Nottingham Drive, Middle Island, N.Y. 11953
Phone: 631 495 8136
Fax: 631 980 6455
Email: SBEIGS@gmail.com

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