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Electrical Engineers are involved in the innovation of new systems and electrical products, as well as the installation of systems. They will often be involved in the wiring of the whole buildings as well as the infrastructure for large projects such as new power stations and transport systems.

electrician, electronics, electrician

Entry Requirements

You can get into this job through:


You could do a college course like Electrical Installation Technical Certificate Level 2 or Engineering Extended Diploma Level 3.

You will need 5 GCSEs including Maths and English at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent.

The following local colleges offer courses in Engineering/Electrical:

Or your local 6th form may offer a relevant course


You could do an electrical or electronic technical support engineer advanced/higher apprenticeship.

You'll usually need 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) and A levels, or equivalent.


You can do a degree in electrical or electronic engineering. You may also be able to get into this career with a degree in:

  • electromechanical engineering
  • building services engineering
  • applied physics
  • aeronautical engineering
  • mechatronics

You'll usually need 2 to 3 A levels, or equivalent, for a degree.

Click here to search for a suitable course.


You could start as an electrical engineering technician and do training on the job to qualify as an engineer.

Career Path and Progression

You could work in different industries, from power and renewable energy to transport, construction and manufacturing.

You can improve your career prospects with incorporated or chartered engineer status. Chartered status can help you move into electrical design and project management roles, specialise in a particular field, or work as an engineering consultant. The Engineering Council have further details on how to become a chartered engineer.

Related careers you may be interested in:

  • Electrical engineering technician
  • Aerospace engineer
  • Aerospace engineering technician
  • Building services engineer
  • Electronics engineer

Required Skills

  • Good planning and organisational skills
  • The ability to follow plans
  • Up to date sector knowledge
  • The ability to work well with other professionals
  • Good problem solving skills
  • The ability to work well under pressure

Salary Range

£20,000 to £60,000

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