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Electrical Engineering Technician Jobs

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How’s your colour vision? If you can tell your red from your green and engineering flicks your switch, you could have a bright future ahead of you as an electrical engineering technician.

Variety is everything in electrical engineering. You could power up by installing giant turbines, light your career path by putting street lighting networks in place, or lift off with lifts and escalators. It all depends on which area of work you choose.

AND THERE’S MORE: You don’t need a degree to get started, but there’s nothing to stop you taking further training to become a qualified electrical engineer when you’re ready!

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How much money can you make as a electrical engineering technician?

£20,000 – £38,000 (UK average)

Recent labour market information says you can earn £20,000 – £38,000 a year on average as a electrical engineering technician in the UK.

Your starting salary can vary because of factors like level of experience, training, or location. Your salary will increase over time as you build skills, knowledge and experience.

What entry qualifications and training do you need?

School, college and training

In your GCSEs or the equivalent, aim to get passing grades of 9-4 (A*-C) in maths and at least one science. This is because it will give you more options with your engineering career later down the line.

You can then go on to take at least one A-level or equivalent qualification in a topic related to science, engineering or maths. This will be useful if you plan to complete a college course in electrical or electronic engineering before finding a trainee position in a company.

The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), the Science Engineering and Manufacturing Technologies Alliance (SEMTA), and Tomorrow’s Engineers have more information about careers in engineering.

Apprenticeships and training

There are all kinds of electrical engineering apprenticeships available, at different levels to suit your level of education. Young engineers are in high demand so if you’re keen to learn, potential employers will love to hear from you.

If you have five GCSEs or the equivalent including English, maths and science, you can apply for a Level 3 electrical engineering apprenticeship (depending on the employer, this might also be called an electro technical apprenticeship). You’ll learn to install, maintain and repair electrical services and/or products and equipment while receiving training towards a formal qualification.

You can seek out electrical engineering apprenticeships with organisations like Find an Apprenticeship.

Career progression

With time and experience you could take on a leadership role like being a supervisor or manager. You could also move into electrical design work.

You can also explore doing further training by doing an HNC/HND, foundation degree or degree to become an electrical engineer.

Finally, once you have some successful projects and network contacts under your belt you could look into becoming a self-employed electrical sub-contractor.

What experience do you need for electrical engineering technician jobs?

Work experience

Any work experience where you have demonstrated your engineering and/or electrical and mechanical skills can help your application. Sometimes it helps just to walk in through the door of your local electrical contractors in the morning and say you are looking to get work experience to see if they can help.

Examples of relevant work experience include:

  • Work shadowing (even if it’s just for a day)
  • Work placements in a company
  • Work placements on a degree course
  • Year in Industry work experience programme for pre-university/undergraduates

Volunteering and extra-curricular activities

Volunteering is an excellent way to build up your skills and CV while making connections with people and organisations who could help you in the future.

If you’re still at school, you can work on your engineering skills outside of lessons to build your first CV. One way is to join a school STEM club.

Google “school electrical project” and you’ll see some great inspirational videos and tutorials for ways to get stuck into electrical projects while still at school.

What skills do you need for electrical engineering technician jobs?

What life and work skills do you need to be a great electrical engineering technician?

Useful skills to highlight and develop in this career include:

  • Good problem solving skills and an enquiring mind – you will use mechanical skills, electrical skills and a bit of common sense and logic to install electrical equipment and keep it ticking over.
  • Good organisation skills – a good work person never blames their tools, so you will always pay attention to the state of your kit and the safe way in which you use them. Health and safety matters a lot when you’re working with electricity!
  • Teamworking skills – you will often be working in a team taking guidance and direction from a line manager who knows the job inside-out. Soak up what they know and aim to stay positive in the workplace! As you progress in your career, you’ll also build leadership skills and could end up in a senior role.
  • Good communication skills – as well as having good teamwork skills, you may need to explain things clearly to clients and customers who don’t have as much electrical know-how as you.

Vocational qualifications and work experience will help you build these skills over time.

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What does an electrical engineering technician do?

 

Areas of work you could specialise in:

  • Power generation and transmission
  • Industrial machinery and equipment
  • Transport
  • Construction

Some things you might be doing:

  • Installing turbines, power lines and street lighting
  • Making, fitting and repairing machinery and equipment like drivers, motors and programmable logic control panels (PLC panels)
  • Upgrading rail and signalling systems (PS – if railways are your thing, you could always be a rail engineering technician)
  • Installing and maintaining building infrastructure like lighting, heating, air conditioning, lifts and escalators

Your first steps into electrical engineering technician jobs

Electrical engineering technician jobs are advertised under different job titles.  To find jobs for young people in this role, search on job boards for opportunities with these words in the title:

  • Electrical engineering technician
  • Trainee electrical technician
  • Electrical engineering apprenticeship

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