Electrical engineers design, develop, control and maintain the electrical systems and components of buildings, rail networks and power distribution networks.
The Role
  • Working with high and low voltage equipment
  • Managing power generation, transmission and distribution
  • Designing systems and products
  • Working with renewable energy sources
  • Managing and maintaining building services, such as lighting, heating, ventilation and lift systems
  • Carrying out feasibility studies for new technical developments
  • Drawing up project plans, making models, prototypes and circuit diagrams
  • Budgeting
  • Estimating timescales
  • Overseeing the work of technicians and craftspeople
  • Testing installations and systems
  • Making sure projects meet safety regulations
  • Overseeing inspection and maintenance programmes
  • Liaising with clients
  • Managing maintenance programmes
  • Working as part of a multi-disciplinary project team, which is likely to include engineers from other specialist areas
  • Working full time, around 40 hours a week
  • Newly trained electrical engineers can earn in the region of £20,000 and £25,000 per year.
  • Trained with experience electrical engineers can earn in the region of £25,000 and £40,000
  • Senior, chartered or master electrical engineers can earn £45,000 or more
Salaries typically range depending on location and level of responsibility.
Qualifications & Training
To become an electrical engineer, you usually need to complete a foundation degree, HNC, HND or degree (Professional SCQF L8 / 9 / SVQ L4 in Scotland) in electrical or electronic engineering or a related subject such as building services engineering. These courses are widely available with a number of colleges and universities offering training and advice about applying. With a degree, you may then be able to join a company's graduate trainee scheme. You may also be able to become an electrical engineer by starting off as an electrical technician apprentice with an engineering or electrical company. You could then take further training after your apprenticeship to qualify.