Apprenticeships in England
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Electrical engineers design, develop and maintain electrical systems for buildings, transport systems and power distribution networks. They work in and across many industries, such as construction, transport, energy (including renewables), building services, and manufacturing. Electrical engineers need a good understanding of engineering science, and strong maths and computer skills.
There are several routes to becoming an electrical engineer. You could complete a university or college course, or an apprenticeship. If you already have relevant skills or experience you may be able to apply directly to an employer or train on-the-job. You should explore these routes to find out which is the right one for you.
You may need a Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) card to work on a construction site.
You can complete a degree in electrical or electronic engineering, or you may choose a related degree such as electromechanical or building services engineering. You could also study mechatronics or applied physics.
You’ll need 2 - 3 A levels (or equivalent) to do a degree. Afterwards, you may be able to join a company’s graduate trainee scheme.
You might need to attend a specialist college or training provider in order to become an electrical engineer.
You could study for a Level 4 and 5 Higher National Diploma (HND) in Electrical and Electronic Engineering.
You’ll generally need 1 - 2 A levels, or a level 3 diploma or BTEC, for level 4 or 5 courses.
An apprenticeship with a construction firm is a good way into the industry.
Apprenticeships are open to anyone over the age of 16. As an apprentice, you will be fully employed by your company and expected to work a minimum of 30 hours a week. Your time will be split between on-the-job experience and a college or training provider.
You would need to have A levels or equivalent to become an apprentice electrical engineer, as this is a higher apprenticeship. You would also need 4 - 5 GCSEs (or equivalent) at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C).
If you have relevant qualifications and experience in a related area, such as electrical installations or electronics, you may be able to apply directly to an employer.
If you are just starting out, you could apply for a job as an electrical engineering technician. You could then do on-the-job training with an electrical engineering company to qualify.
Work experience is essential to gaining employment within the construction industry. Potential employers will always be pleased to see work experience listed on your CV.
Additional skills which may benefit anyone considering a job as an eletrical engineer include:
As an electrical engineer you will be responsible for ensuring the smooth running of services such as lighting, heating, and ventilation. Duties could include working at heights or with power generating equipment.
The job role of an electrical engineer involves the following duties:
The expected salary for an electrical engineer varies as you become more experienced
Hours and salary depend on location, employer and any overtime you may do.
* Salaries have been collected from multiple industry sources and have been updated as of 2019
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Electrical engineers work with companies across many different industries. You could specialise in construction, building services, renewable energy or transport systems.
With chartered engineer status, you could move into design, senior engineer, or project management roles. You could also become an engineering consultant and set your own salary.
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