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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

Working hours


Future employment

There will be 1% more Electrical engineering technician jobs in 2023.
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

To get into this job you could complete a college course in electrical or electronic engineering before finding a trainee position with a company.

You'll need colour-normal vision.

The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), Sector Skills Council for Science, Engineering and Manufacturing Technologies (SEMTA), SummitSkills and Tomorrow's Engineers have more information about careers in engineering.

You could get into this job through an apprenticeship.

£20,000 to £38,000

Starter salary: £20,000 to £25,000

Experienced salary: £30,000

These figures are a guide.


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:

  • ability in maths, science and IT
  • excellent problem-solving skills
  • excellent practical skills
  • the ability to read engineering drawings and circuit diagrams
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