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Job Description

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.

Entry Requirements

You'll need to complete a foundation degree, higher national diploma (HND) or degree. You can do this at university or through an apprenticeship.

Your course could be in electrical or electronic engineering, or a related subject like:

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

You may be able to join a company's graduate trainee scheme with a degree in a relevant subject. Getting some work experience will also help.

The Engineering Council has a list of qualifications and courses. These will qualify you for later registration as an Engineering Technician (EngTech), Incorporated Engineer (IEng) or Chartered Engineer (CEng).

The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) has information about starting and building your career.

The Engineering Construction Industry Training Board (ECITB) has information about qualifications and training in engineering construction.

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Career Path and Progression

You could move into different industries, from power and renewable energy to transport, construction and manufacturing.

Professional development and registration may improve your career prospects.

Chartered status can help you move into electrical design and project management roles or specialise in a particular field. It can also help you get work as an engineering consultant.

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

Starting Salary

£20,000 to £60,000

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