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Electrical engineering technician

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

Salary, a pound sign Salary: £20,000 to £38,000 average per year
Hours, a clock face Hours: 40 per week

1. Entry requirements

To get into this job you could complete a college course in electrical or electronic engineering before finding a trainee position with a company.

You'll need colour-normal vision.

The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), Sector Skills Council for Science, Engineering and Manufacturing Technologies (SEMTA), SummitSkills and Tomorrow's Engineers have more information about careers in engineering.

You could get into this job through an apprenticeship.

2. Skills required

You'll need:

  • ability in maths, science and IT
  • excellent problem-solving skills
  • excellent practical skills
  • the ability to read engineering drawings and circuit diagrams

3. What you'll do

You might work in a range of industries, like:

  • 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

4. Salary

Starter: £20,000 to £25,000

Experienced: £30,000

Highly Experienced: £38,000

These figures are a guide.

5. Working hours, patterns and environment

You'll usually work a 40-hour week, including shift work and overtime.

You might be on-call.

You'll could work in an office, factory, workshop, power station or research facility.

You'll usually need a driving licence.

6. 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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Last updated: 12 April 2017