What is Switchgear?

Definition of Switchgear in Construction

The term switchgear refers to all the primary and secondary switches and panels required to provide electrical power and distribution on a construction project. The switchgear will accept the primary power from the utility, and convert it into usable voltage, and amperage for the structure to properly function. The electrical engineer will design the switchgear to activate the lights, equipment, etc. on the project. The total encompassing term switchgear includes the primary switching, the secondary switching, all the light panels, transfer switches, emergency panels, power panels as well as any electrical apparatus involved in the switching or converting of the electrical power. The coordination of the switchgear during the construction of the project is very important, due to its size and weight. In many situations, sections of the building must be kept open to accept the switchgear. The switchgear normally falls under the long lead category on a project, and requires special consideration and scheduling. The procurement schedule for any major project, must include the submission of the switchgear for approval, the ordering and the scheduling of shipment of this equipment. Switchgear is of primary importance, and any scheduling of the project, must incorporate the timing of this equipment.