Electrician

Engineering
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What's it like?

You would make sure that electrical systems in people’s homes and businesses work safely. You’d fix faults and install new systems.

You might set up and maintain power systems for engineering projects and buildings or ensure that street lights work.

You could also work on renewable technology, such as wind turbines, 'smart' heating systems and photovoltaic systems that produce solar power.

You would:

  • Fit and repair electrical circuits and wiring
  • Follow technical drawings, building plans and wiring diagrams
  • Make sure that electrotechnical systems work
  • Find and fix faults in the systems
  • Install and maintain electrical equipment, instruments and machinery

You’d need to understand the importance of safety regulations and work carefully and methodically. You might work outdoors, sometimes in bad weather. You might need to work high up or in small confined spaces.

You could specialise in an electrotechnical role such as:

  • Installation electrician - you’d install power systems, lighting, fire protection, security and data-network systems in all types of buildings
  • Maintenance electrician - you would check systems regularly to make sure that they work efficiently and safely
  • Electrotechnical panel builder - you would build and install the control panels that people use to operate the electrical systems inside buildings
  • Machine repair and rewind electrician - you’d make sure electrical motors and other machinery like transformers work properly
  • Highway systems electrician - you’d install and maintain street lights and traffic management systems which give signals to people using roads and motorways

You could work in all kinds of places including homes, offices, shops and sports stadiums. You may also supervise a team of people.

Working conditions

Hours

You will normally work a basic 37.5-hour week, Monday to Friday, with the possibility of overtime. You may work shifts, or you may be on call where 24-hour cover is provided.

Travel

You will travel from job to job, which may include contracts that take you away from home for periods of time. A driving licence will be useful.

UK employment status

Full-time

Part-time

Self employed

People behind the job

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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
  • Taking the lead
  • Communicating ideas through writing
  • Working on your own
  • Working with your hands
  • Finding solutions to problems
  • Planning and organising
  • Paying attention to detail

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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.

Qualifications

You would need a Modern Apprenticeship leading to a relevant Scottish Vocational Qualifications in Electrical Installation (SVQ Level 3).

The Scottish Joint Industry Board (SJIB) also offers an adult training scheme.

There are no formal qualifications required to enter a modern apprenticeship but some employers will ask for qualifications at SCQF Level 4/5.

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.
  • To pass SECTT Pre-Employment Assessment of technical and numeracy skills or equivalent.
  • A Scottish Joint Industry Board card (SJIB card) to train and work in this job.
  • A Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) card or equivalent and pass a health and safety test to train or work on construction sites

Helpful to have

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