Electrical engineers design, build, install and maintain electrical systems and equipment. Electrical engineering jobs involve working in a variety of sectors, including power generation, transport networks, manufacturing, transmission and distribution, renewable energy, telecommunications, construction, as well as scientific and military research. Depending on the job, they could work in a power station, workshop, factory, production plant, laboratory or office. Jobs in electrical engineering can sometimes be high-pressure positions, and applicants need to be able to multitask. Responsibilities vary, but are likely to involve designing systems and products, reading technical specifications, drawing up plans and making computer models, carrying out feasibility studies, testing installations, and analysing data. Electrical engineering jobs usually also involve complying with safety regulations, overseeing inspection and maintenance programmes, estimating budgets and timescales, attending meetings and writing reports.
Electrical Engineering Jobs Educational Requirements
To become an electrical engineer, applicants need excellent maths, science and IT skills. A foundation degree, HNC, HND or degree is usually the norm. Those with a degree in a relevant subject may be able to join a company graduate trainee scheme. It is sometimes possible to start apprenticeships or to fill vacancies for entry-level electrical engineering technician jobs with A-levels, with the aim to undertake further training to qualify as an engineer. Career options include focusing on electrical design jobs, undertaking research projects, taking a management position or becoming a consultant.
Electrical Engineering Jobs Market
Jobs in electrical engineering have been hit by the recession, but according to the UK Commission for Employment and Skills (UKCES), a demand for increased construction will be spurred by a national population growth. With the average level of qualifications held rising across all occupations, better qualified people will have an improved chance of obtaining a job than someone less well qualified.
Electrical Engineering Jobs Salary Information
On average, newly qualified electrical engineers can earn between £18,000 and £25,000 a year. Average income for experienced engineers is between £25,000 and £40,000. Senior and chartered engineers can earn £45,000 or more.