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.
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:
- City College Norwich
- East Coast College
- One Sixth Form College
- Suffolk New College
- The College of West Anglia
- West Suffolk College
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
You'll usually need 2 to 3 A levels, or equivalent, for a degree.
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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
- 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
£20,000 to £60,000