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Electrician Profile

 
Introduction

This Section of the site details information that you might find useful if you are looking to secure employment or require further details regarding working as an Electrician. This page details the following Information:-

  • Finding Suitable Work as an Electrician
  • Working Duties Expected
  • Hours and Environment
  • Working Skills Required
  • Training Requirements
  • Salary Expectations
  • Trade Information
  • Other useful Electrician Work Information


Finding Suitable Work

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Working Duties Expected

Electricians inspect, test and install wiring systems and equipment which has to be checked on a regular basis for safety reasons. The type of electrical work they do depends on their specialist training and experience.

Installation electricians install, inspect and test wiring systems in buildings. This may involve stripping out old systems and replacing them with new wiring or may mean installing a new system. In new buildings they follow architects drawings showing where the electrical equipment has to be installed. They may also have to lift floorboards, bend and cut conduit (metal and PVC piping) and fix equipment to walls.

Maintenance electricians maintain and repair electrical equipment used in factories or large manufacturing or engineering companies.

Production electricians put together complex electrical and electronic appliances such as control panels or electric motors. They work from wiring diagrams, which show how to build the products.

Hours and Environment

Most electricians work a 37- to 40-hour week, Monday to Friday. Some work overtime, weekends and shifts to fit in with the customer.

They can work indoors in a customers house, in a factory, office or workshop, or outdoors on a building site. The work can involve heights or working underground. Conditions may be cramped, cold, dirty or dusty.

Skills and Interests

To be an electrician, you should:

  • be competent with a range of tools
  • be good at maths and science, especially physics, in order to follow technical drawings and instructions
  • be able to keep up to date with technological developments
  • be methodical and pay attention to detail
  • be safety-conscious
  • be physically fit and able to work at heights
  • have normal colour vision
  • be able to work on your own, be responsible for your own work and be able to make decisions
  • be tactful and polite when dealing with customers.


Entry

It is recommended that you have GCSE (A-C)/S grades (1-3) in maths, English and science or equivalent qualifications. Some employers who train young people insist on these grades; others may require you to pass an aptitude test. Most entrants are 16-17 years old and enter via an apprenticeship scheme.

For older entrants, the City & Guilds Electrical Installation (2360) Part 1 is the main entry route and is widely available at colleges throughout the country.

You may be able to enter this type of work if you have experience in other areas of electrical work eg electronics.

For details of qualification equivalents see:

Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (England, Wales and Northern Ireland)
Scottish Qualifications Authority

Training

Apprentices work to achieve two separate qualifications: the City & Guilds Electrical Installation (2351) through the college based day/block release; and the NVQ/SVQ Level 3 Installing and Commissioning Electro-technical Systems and Equipment through assessments in the workplace.

The apprenticeship training for installation electricians is run mainly by JT Limited (JTL) in England and Wales, by the Electrical Training Trust (ETT) in Northern Ireland and by the Scottish Electrical Charitable Training Trust (SECTT) in Scotland.

City & Guilds also offer Electrical Installation (2360) Part 1, which is suitable for those engaged in electrical work and wish to gain formal recognition and/or enhance their existing employment prospects. Part 2, is aimed at individuals who are engaged in electrical work and wish to gain formal recognition at an advanced level and/or enhance their existing employment prospects. As maintenance electrician, you could follow training recommended by EMTA (typically Modern Apprenticeships). You could work towards City & Guilds Engineering Systems Maintenance (2140), BTEC National Certificate in Engineering, SQA National Certificate modules or NVQ/SVQ Level 3 in Engineering Maintenance.

As a production electrician, you could also follow schemes of training recommended by EMTA (typically Modern Apprenticeships). You might work towards appropriate certificates such as City & Guild in Electronics Servicing (2240), SQA National Certificate modules or NVQ/SVQ Engineering Assembly Level 3.

Foundation and Advanced Modern Apprenticeships (MAPPs) may be available for people aged 16-24.
For details see: MAPPs (England); Skillseekers MAPPs (Scotland); National Traineeships MAPPs (Wales); and MAPPs (Northern Ireland).

Opportunities

Electricians are employed by a wide range of employers including electrical and building firms, electrical manufacturers, general manufacturing and engineering companies, local government, hospitals, and power generating and supply companies. Installation electricians may be self-employed or may work on a contract basis.

There is a shortage of trained electricians at present, so there are very good prospects for experienced electricians.

Promotion may be possible to supervisory and management positions in all areas of electrical work.

Annual Income

The annual income section is intended as a guideline only.
Pay rates recommended by the Joint Industry Training Board for the Electrical Contracting Industry are as follows:

Salaries for new entrants start at around £9,700.
An average basic salary is around £13,500.
Experienced electricians with approved status can earn £14,700 or more a year.

Further information

National Electrotechnical Training
34 Palace Court
London
W2 4HY
Tel: 0800 328 8475
www.net-works.org.uk

SEMTA (Science Engineering and Manufacturing Technologies Alliance)
14 Upton Road
Watford
Hertfordshire
WD18 0JT
Tel: 0808 100 3682
www.semta.org.uk

JT Limited
Stafford House 120-122 High Street
Orpington
Kent
BR6 0JS
Tel: 0800 085 2308
www.jtlimited.co.uk

Scottish Electrical Charitable Training Trust
Bush House
Bush Estate
Midlothian
EH26 0SB
Tel: 0131 445 5659
www.sectt.org.uk

Electrical Training Trust
Units 57-59, Ballymena Business Development Centre
62 Fenaghy Road
Ballymena
BT42 1FL
Tel: 028 2565 0750
www.ett-ballymena.co.uk

Summit Skills
www.summitskills.org.uk

* PLEASE NOTE
National Training Organisations (NTOs) ceased to be recognised by the government on 31 March 2002. However, some are continuing to operate in their respective fields. Please contact individual NTOs with queries regarding their current status.

The Secretary of State for Education and Skills is licensing new Sector Skills Councils - charged with boosting skills and productivity in business sectors. For information about Sector Skills Councils, their roles and responsibilities, please visit the Sector Skills Development Agency website: www.ssda.org.uk

Other Useful Electrician Work Information

We have a section available at this site on Electrician job interview tips that you may find of interest should you wish to brush up your skills in this area and we also have number of career articles that may also be of use to you from within our guides and documents section.

Locations where we feature Jobs include:-
Aberdeen, Berkshire, Aberdeen, Bath, Bedfordshire, Berkshire, Birmingham, Bradford, Bristol, Cambridgeshire, Cardiff, Central London, Cheltenham, Cornwall, Coventry, Derby, Devon, Docklands, Dorset, Dundee, Durham, East Midlands, East Sussex, Edinburgh, Essex, Glasgow, Gloucester, Hampshire, Hertfordshire, Kent, Lancashire, Leeds, Leicester, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Liverpool, London, Manchester, Middlesbrough, Midlands and in various parts of the West Midlands

Details of other Electrician Jobs can also be found in other UK wide areas including:-
Milton Keynes, Newcastle, Newcastle Upon Tyne, Norfolk, North London, North Midlands, Northampton, Northamptonshire, Northern Ireland, Northumberland, Norwich, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, Oxford, Oxfordshire, Plymouth, Salisbury, Scotland, Sheffield, Shropshire, Somerset, South East, South London, South Midlands, Southampton, Staffordshire Surrey, Swansea, Swindon, Telford, Wales, Warwickshire, West End, West London, West Midlands, Worcestershire, York and throughout Yorkshire.

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