Electrical engineering technician

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

Salary range: £20,000 to £38,000

How to become an electrical engineering technician

You can get into this job through:

  • a university course
  • a college course
  • an apprenticeship

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 Certificate In Electrical Installation Studies
  • Level 2 Diploma in Electrical and Electronic Engineering Technology
  • Level 3 Diploma in Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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

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Apprenticeship

You could become a technician after completing an electrical engineering 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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Further information

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

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

Day-to-day tasks

In your daily tasks, you could work with:

  • power generation and transmission – installing turbines, switchgear, power lines and street lighting networks
  • industrial machinery and equipment – making, fitting and repairing drives, motors and programmable logic control (PLC) panels
  • transport – upgrading rail and signalling systems
  • building services infrastructure – installing and maintaining lighting, heating, air conditioning, lifts and escalators

Working environment

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

Career path and progression

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

You could become a self-employed electrical sub-contractor.

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