Electricians fit, service and fix electrical equipment, circuits, machinery and wiring.
You can get into this job through:
- a college course
- an apprenticeship
- applying directly
You can take a Level 2 and 3 Diploma in Electrical Installation, which may help you to find a trainee position with a company.
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
You can do an installation electrician advanced apprenticeship.
You’ll usually need:
- 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths, for an advanced apprenticeship.
Direct Application: you may be able to move into electrical installation work if you’ve got experience and relevant qualifications from a related industry, for example building services or electrical engineering.
You’ll need the following skills:
- the ability to use, repair and maintain machines and tools
- knowledge of building and construction
- maths knowledge for understanding technical plans
- to be thorough and pay attention to detail
- problem-solving skills
- the ability to use your initiative
- the ability to work well with your hands and use equipment safely
- customer service skills for working with colleagues and clients
- to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device
You will need a Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) card or equivalent to train and work on a construction site.
Your work will depend on what type of electrician you are, for example:
- installation electrician – install power systems, lighting, fire protection, security and data networks in buildings
- maintenance electrician – check electrical systems to make sure they’re working correctly and safely
- electrotechnical panel builder – make and install control panels that operate electrical systems in buildings, like heating or alarms
- machine repair and rewind electrician – fix and maintain electrical motors and transformers found in industrial equipment
- highway systems electrician – install and maintain street lighting and traffic management systems
The following salaries are a guide only:
- Starter: £18,000
- Experienced: £42,000
- You’ll usually work Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5pm. You may work evenings or weekends. Hours may be longer if you work on-site as a contractor.
You could work on a construction site, at a client’s business, at a client’s home or on the streets.
Your working environment may be cramped, at height and outdoors in all weathers.