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Electrical project managers oversee the installation of electrical systems and supply of electricity to homes, businesses and infrastructure, such as roads or power stations.
40 - 45
There are several routes to becoming an electrical project manager. You could complete a university or college course, or an apprenticeship.
You should explore these routes to becoming an electrical project manager to find out which is the right one for you. Although some of these options have certain qualification requirements, many employers are more interested in people who are enthusiastic, willing to learn and can follow instructions.
You will need a Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) card to work on a construction site.
You could complete an undergraduate degree in electrical engineering to help you become an electrical project manager.
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, or complete specialist project management training with an employer.
You could gain qualifications through a specialist college or training provider to help you become an electrical project manager.
You could study a Level 4 or 5 Higher National Diploma (HND) in Electrical and Electronic Engineering to help you get into the industry. You could gain further training and experience to progress into a project manager role.
You’ll need 1 - 2 A levels, or equivalent, for a level 4 or 5 course.
You could complete a higher apprenticeship in electrical engineering to help you become an electrical project manager.
You’ll need 4 - 5 GCSEs (or equivalent) at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C).
Apprenticeships are open to anyone over the age of 16. As an apprentice, you will be fully employed by a 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.
If you have previous experience in electrical engineering and an understanding of project management, you may be able to apply directly to an employer for a role as an electrical project manager. Your employer may offer you training to gain further on-the-job skills.
Work experience is essential to gaining employment within the construction industry. You could gain this at school, or by working weekends and holidays with a company or relative who works as an electrical project manager. 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 electrical project manager include:
As an electrical project manager you would be responsible for overseeing the design, installation and supply of electrical systems. Day-to-day, you’d draw up schedules, allocate time, resource and budget, as well as manage staff to ensure work is completed on time, to a high standard.
You could be supplying energy to housing estates, businesses and urban infrastructure, or working on renewable energy projects such as solar, wind or wave farms, or gas plants.
The job role of an electrical project manager you could be:
The expected salary for an electrical project manager varies as you become more experienced.
Hours and salary depend on location, employer and any overtime you do.
* Salaries have been collected from multiple industry sources and have been updated as of 2019
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As an electrical project manager you could work in a range of industries, from construction to transport, building services to transport systems or renewable energy.
You could work for the National Grid or an energy company and eventually progress to become a senior manager or project director.