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An electrical engineer is responsible for the design, development, control and maintenance of the electrical systems and components of buildings, rail networks, power distribution networks.


Average salaries are in the region of £25,000.00 to £60,000.00. Salaries will vary depending on location / employer

Career Profile

An electrical engineer is responsible for the design, development, control and maintenance of the electrical systems and components of buildings, rail networks, power distribution and renewable energy.

What they do

Electrical Engineers work within the construction sector on different areas including:

  • lighting
  • heating
  • information systems  
  • ventilation 

In this role, you could also work on rail, road and other transport networks and the production and distribution of power, including renewable energy.

Electrical engineers are involved in projects from conception through to implementation, testing and handover. They may also manage maintenance programmes. Most electrical engineers work as part of a multi-disciplinary project team, which is likely to include engineers from other specialist areas.

As an Electrical Engineer, you would be:

  • Working with high and low voltage equipment 
  • Managing power generation, transmission and distribution
  • Designing systems and products
  • Working with renewable energy sources
  • Managing and maintaining building services, such as lighting, heating, ventilation and lift systems
  • Carrying out feasibility studies for new technical developments
  • Drawing up project plans, making models, prototypes and circuit diagrams
  • Budgeting
  • Estimating timescales
  • Overseeing the work of technicians and craftspeople
  • Testing installations and systems
  • Making sure projects meet safety regulations
  • Overseeing inspection and maintenance programmes
  • Liaising with clients

Hours & Salary

  • Newly trained electrical engineers can earn in the region of £21,000 and £25,000 per year.
  • Trained with experience electrical engineers can earn in the region of £25,000 and £40,000
  • Senior, chartered or master electrical engineers can earn £45,000 or more 

Salaries typically range depending on location and level of responsibility.

Working as an Electrical Engineer, your working week is typically 40 hours a week, as this is a full time role. 


 

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Qualifications & Training

What qualifications or subjects do I need for this role?

To become an electrical engineer, you usually need to complete a foundation degree, HNC, HND or degree (Professional SCQF L8 / 9 / SVQ L4 in Scotland) in electrical or electronic engineering or a related subject such as building services engineering.

These courses are widely available with a number of colleges and universities offering training and advice about applying. With a degree, you may then be able to join a company's graduate trainee scheme. 

Could I do an apprenticeship?

You may also be able to become an electrical engineer by starting off as an electrical technician apprentice with an engineering or electrical company. You could then take further training after your apprenticeship to qualify.

Want to find out more?

Try our Matching Service for work experience opportunities in your local area, with new opportunities being added on a regular basis. 

Looking for a vacancy?

Here are some construction vacancy websites you may find useful: 

Indeed

Jobsite

The number of job vacancies related to your preferred job role may vary daily, as these are external websites. Check regularly to see new opportunities as they are posted.

Career trends and forecasts

175,440 total people needed

According to the latest Construction Skills Network research, the UK construction industry will need an additional 175,440 Electrical Trades and Installation people needed between 2017-2021. The highest demand will be in the East of England followed by the North West, West Midlands, Wales, South West and Yorkshire & Humber.

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