Electrical engineering technician

Engineering
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What's it like?

You would set up, maintain and fix electrical equipment and controls like systems for streetlights and railways.

You’d install and test components like motors, panels, generators and transformers, to make sure they’re working.

You could work in a range of industries.

  • In the power generation and transmission industry you’d install turbines, switchgear, power lines and street lighting networks.
  • If you work on industrial machinery and equipment you’d make, fit and repair drives motors and programmable logic control (PLC) panels.
  • In the transport industry you could upgrade rail electrification and signalling systems
  • For building services you’d install and maintain lighting, heating and air conditioning systems. You keep lifts and escalators working safely.

You would follow engineering instructions and use wiring and circuit diagrams to help you set up and fix systems.

You would calibrate equipment and machinery using a variety of tools. You’d test the equipment and machinery to make sure they continue to work correctly and safely.

Electricity can be dangerous; you’d need to understand and follow electrical health and safety regulations. You’d keep yourself up-to-date with new developments.

As an experienced technician you may be responsible for creating preventative maintenance rotas and carrying out quality control checks, for example on production line machinery.

You would normally work as part of a team, often supervising fitters and operators. You will need colour-normal vision for this type of work.

Working conditions

Hours

You would usually work a 40-hour week which could include shiftwork and overtime. You might also be on-call to respond to out-of-hours problems.

Environment

Your working environment would depend on your exact job, but could include an office, factory, workshop, power station or research facility.

Travel

You will usually need a driving licence.

UK employment status

Full-time

Part-time

Self employed

Here are some of the skills that people in this job would be most likely to have:

  • Communicating with people
  • Working as part of a team
  • Following instructions
  • Working with your hands
  • Using computers
  • Finding solutions to problems
  • Solving mathematical problems
  • Researching and investigating

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Getting in

Entry requirements for courses can change. Always contact the college, university or training provider to check exactly what you’ll need.

Foundation Apprenticeships

Choosing a Foundation Apprenticeship as one of your subjects in S5 and S6 can help you get a head start with this type of job.

You'll get an SCQF level 6 qualification (the same level as a Higher) plus valuable work placement experience and skills you can't learn in a classroom.

Interested? Find out what's on offer at your school on Apprenticeships.scot.

Qualifications

You would need a Modern Apprenticeship leading to a relevant Scottish Vocational Qualifications in Electrical Installation (SVQ Level 3). Or a Higher National Certificate (SCQF Level 7) or Higher National Diploma (SCQF Level 8) in Electrical Engineering. 

Some employers may ask for qualifications at SCQF Level 4/5, in particular for entry to a Modern Apprenticeship.

You can enter Higher National Certificate (SCQF Level 7) or Higher National Diploma courses (SCQF Level 8) with National 4/5 qualifications and one to two Highers or equivalent qualifications.  

Useful subjects

  • Maths (required by many courses and employers)
  • Science subjects, in particular physics (required by many courses and employers)
  • English
  • Technologies subjects, such as engineering science

You will also need

Normal colour vision and to pass a colour vision assessment, to work with electrical wiring.

Helpful to have

Qualifications that demonstrate understanding and experience of the industry such as Skills for Work Engineering Skills (SCQF Level 5).