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Electrician Northern Ireland Profile


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 in Northern Ireland. This page details the following Information:-

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

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Working Duties Expected

Electricians inspect, test and install wiring systems and electrical equipment, which has to be checked regularly 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 the architect̢۪s drawings showing where the electrical equipment has to be installed.

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

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

Hours vary and can include weekend work and overtime.

Electricians work on houses, commercial premises and building sites. The work can be cold, damp and dusty and involves working at heights and in confined spaces.

Skills and Interests

To be an electrician, you should:

  • have good hand skills and be able to use a range of tools
  • have mathematical and scientific ability, especially physics, to follow technical drawings and work out formulae
  • have a methodical approach
  • be safety-conscious
  • be physically fit
  • be able to work on your own, be responsible for your own work and make decisions
  • be able to compile progress reports and give feedback on completed jobs
  • be tactful and polite when dealing with customers.


You should be at least 16 years old and meet the following criteria set by the Electrical Training Trust (ETT).

You will need at least 16 points from five GCSE subjects or less. You must also have at least grade D in maths. The points awarded for GCSE grades are: (A=10, B=8, C=6, D=4, E=2).

Other qualifications may be considered: BTEC first diploma or certificate = 16 points; Intermediate GNVQ/GSVQ II = 16 points.

A nomination is also required from an electrical contractor. Normal colour vision is required.

There is no upper age limit for training in electrical work, although most people joining Modern Apprenticeships (NI) are 16-24 years old. If you are over 25 you may find it difficult to get into this work.

There may be specific training opportunities for adults available in some areas for this type of work. Candidates may have to satisfy certain conditions to be eligible.

For details of qualification equivalents see:

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


You train on a four-year apprenticeship where you get practical training and work experience and study at college on day or block release.

Installation electricians training is administered by The Electrical Training Trust in Northern Ireland. You work towards City & Guilds (2351) Electrical Installation and an NVQ in Installing and Commissioning Electrical Systems and Equipment Level 3.

Maintenance electricians usually follow training recommended by SEMTA. You work towards City & Guilds (2140) Engineering Systems Maintenance, as well as a BTEC National Certificate in Engineering, and a NVQ in Engineering Maintenance at Level 3.

Production electricians usually follow a training scheme recommended by SEMTA. You work towards City & Guilds qualifications such as (2240) Electronics Servicing, and a NVQ Level 3 in Engineering Assembly.

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).


Vacancies exist all over the UK, with a wide range of employers. They include electrical and building contractors, manufacturers of electrical and other appliances and products, general manufacturing and engineering companies, local authorities, hospitals, colleges, retailers and power generating and supply concerns.

Installation electricians are often self-employed. It is also possible to work overseas, particularly for installation electricians.

Annual Income

The annual income section is intended as a guideline only. The Joint Industry Training Board recommends pay rates for the electrical contracting industry.

Experienced electricians with approved status can earn £18,000 or more a year.

Electricians may be paid extra for working shifts or overtime. Maintenance electricians, are often paid for high amounts of overtime.

Further information

Electrical Training Trust
Unit 57-59, Ballymena Business Centre
62 Fenaghy Road
BT42 1FL
Tel: 028 2565 0750

Engineering Training Council (Northern Ireland)
Interpoint, 20-24 York Street
BT15 1AQ
Tel: 028 9032 9878

SEMTA (Science Engineering and Manufacturing Technologies Alliance) *
14 Upton Road
WD18 0JT
Tel: 0808 100 3682

National Electrotechnical Training *
34 Palace Court
W2 4HY
Tel: 0800 328 8475

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:

Other Useful Electrician Northern Ireland Work Information

We have a section available at this site on Electrician Northern Ireland 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.

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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

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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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