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Electrical engineering technician

Alternative titles for this job include

Electrical engineering technicians install, repair and maintain electrical equipment, systems and controls.

Average salary (a year)

£20,000 Starter

to

£40,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

40 to 42 a week

You could work

on call as customers demand

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How to become an electrical engineering technician

You can get into this job through:

  • a university course
  • a college course
  • an apprenticeship
  • applying directly

University

You can do a foundation degree or higher national diploma in electrical and electronic engineering.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 1 or 2 A levels, or equivalent, for a foundation degree or higher national diploma

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College

You can take a college course, which would teach you some of the skills needed for the job and may help you to find a trainee position with a company. Relevant courses include:

  • Level 2 Diploma in Electrical Installation
  • Level 3 Diploma in Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • T Level in Building Services Engineering for Construction
  • T Level in Engineering, Manufacturing, Processing and Control

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 2 or more GCSEs at grades 9 to 3 (A* to D), or equivalent, for a level 2 course
  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, for a level 3 course
  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths for a T level

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Apprenticeship

You could become a technician after completing an electrical engineering technician, or electrical installation and maintenance technician advanced apprenticeship.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths, for an advanced apprenticeship

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Direct Application

You can apply directly for jobs if you have relevant experience and qualifications. For example, from electrical, electronic, power or building services engineering.

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Further information

You can find more details about careers in electrical engineering through Tomorrow's Engineers and The Institution of Engineering and Technology.

What it takes

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What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • knowledge of engineering science and technology
  • knowledge of maths
  • the ability to work well with your hands
  • the ability to use, repair and maintain machines and tools
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • analytical thinking skills
  • complex problem-solving skills
  • the ability to work well with others
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently

What you’ll do

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What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

In this job, you could:

  • install generating turbines, switchgear and power lines
  • service traffic lights, street lighting and motorway display signs
  • assemble, fit and repair drives, motors and programmable logic control (PLC) panels
  • upgrade rail and signalling systems
  • fix electrical faults in manufacturing machinery
  • install and maintain lighting, heating, lifts and escalators in buildings
  • carry out safety inspections
  • supervise a team of craftspeople or electrical fitters

Working environment

You could work in a workshop, in an office, at a power station or in a factory.

Career path and progression

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Career path and progression

With experience, you could move into supervisory jobs, electrical design work or take further training to qualify as an electrical engineer.

You could also work as a building service engineer, facilities manager or self-employed electrical sub-contractor.

Current opportunities

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Current opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

Electrical Apprentice Technician

  • Wage: £12,000.00 Annually
  • Location: Newcastle upon Tyne

Apprentice Mechanical Maintenance Engineer

  • Wage: £333.00 Weekly
  • Location: Telford

Courses In England

HND ELECTRICAL & ELECTRONIC ENGINEERING (TOP UP)

  • Provider: TEC PARTNERSHIP
  • Start date: 05 September 2022
  • Location: Grimsby

Electrical & Electronic Engineering Level 3 Extended Diploma

  • Provider: WIGAN AND LEIGH COLLEGE
  • Start date: 05 September 2022
  • Location: Wigan

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