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Electrical engineering technician

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

Annual Salary

£20,000 to £38,000

Average UK salary in 2018 was £29,588 (source Office for Statistics)

Working hours

40

1%
Future employment

There will be 1% more Electrical engineering technician jobs in 2024.
In your local area

What's it all about?

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

You can get into this job through:

  • a university course
  • a college course
  • an apprenticeship

University

You can do a foundation degree or higher national diploma in electrical and electronic engineering.

You'll usually need:

  • 1 or 2 A levels for a foundation degree or higher national diploma

College

You can take a college course, which would teach you some of the skills needed for the job and may help you to find a trainee position with a company. Relevant courses include:

  • Level 2 Certificate In Electrical Installation Studies
  • Level 2 Diploma in Electrical and Electronic Engineering Technology
  • Level 3 Diploma in Electrical and Electronic Engineering

You'll usually need:

  • 2 or more GCSEs at grades 9 to 3 (A* to D) for a level 2 course
  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) for a level 3 course

Apprenticeship

You could become a technician after completing an electrical engineering technician advanced apprenticeship.

You'll usually need:

  • 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), including English and maths, for an advanced apprenticeship

Further information

You can find more details on careers in electrical engineering through Tomorrow's Engineers and The Institution of Engineering and Technology.

£20,000 to £38,000

Starter salary: £20,000 to £25,000

Experienced salary: £30,000

These figures are a guide.

40

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.

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.

Skills required and how your skills match up

What skills are required?

You'll need:

  • knowledge of engineering science and technology
  • knowledge of maths
  • the ability to work well with your hands
  • the ability to use, repair and maintain machines and tools
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • analytical thinking skills
  • complex problem-solving skills
  • the ability to work well with others
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently
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