Electrician

Alternative titles for this job include Electrical fitter, electrical technician, installation electrician

Electricians fit, service and fix electrical equipment, circuits, machinery and wiring.

Average salary (a year)

£18,000 Starter

to

£42,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

30 to 40 a week

You could work

on call as customers demand

How to become an electrician

You can get into this job through:

  • a college course
  • an apprenticeship
  • applying directly

College

You can take a Level 2 and 3 Diploma in Electrical Installation, which may help you to find a trainee position with a company.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 2 or more GCSEs at grades 9 to 3 (A* to D) for a level 2 course
  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) for a level 3 course

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Apprenticeship

You can do an installation electrician advanced apprenticeship.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

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

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Direct application

You may be able to move into electrical installation work if you've got experience and relevant qualifications from a related industry, for example building services or electrical engineering.

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Registration

Further information

You can find out more about becoming an electrician from Electrical Careers and Go Construct.

What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • knowledge of building and construction
  • the ability to use, repair and maintain machines and tools
  • maths knowledge for understanding technical plans
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • the ability to use your initiative
  • the ability to work well with your hands and use equipment safely
  • physical skills like movement, coordination, dexterity and grace
  • customer service skills for working with colleagues and clients
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device

What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

Your work will depend on the type of electrician you are:

  • installation electrician - installing power systems, lighting, fire protection, security and data-network systems in all types of buildings
  • maintenance electrician - checking systems to make sure they're working efficiently and safely
  • electrotechnical panel builder - making and installing control panels to operate the electrical systems inside buildings
  • machine repair and rewind electrician - fixing and maintaining electrical motors and transformers
  • highway systems electrician - installing and maintaining street lighting and traffic management systems

Working environment

You could work on a construction site, at a client's business, at a client's home or on the streets.

Your working environment may be cramped, at height and outdoors in all weathers.

Career path and progression

With experience, you could move into design engineering, site or project management, consultancy work or training.

You could also set up your own business.

Training opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

Electro Technical Apprentice

  • Wage : £210.00 Weekly
  • Location: Manchester M24 1SW

Apprentice Electrician

  • Wage : Competitive salary
  • Location: Frome BA11 2EE

Courses In England

Diploma in Electrical Installation (Electrical Electrician Electricity installation wiring IEE)

  • Provider: Barking & Dagenham College
  • Start date: 04 September 2019
  • Location: Romford

L2 Diploma in Electrical Installation (Part-time)

  • Provider: EAST SUSSEX COLLEGE GROUP
  • Start date: 10 September 2019
  • Location: Hastings

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