Electricians are typically employed on a variety of tasks from installation and commissioning work in new buildings, to maintaining production lines or rewiring and maintenance in older properties. Multiple skills are an advantage; some employers provide in-house or on-the-job training, especially if they use bespoke systems. Factory work can involve working on hybrid machinery that combines electrical hardware with mechanical, pneumatic or hydraulic elements. In addition to investigating, diagnosing and identifying faults, electricians carry out repairs and preventative or routine maintenance, deciding between in-house rectification and contractor call out if necessary. Work involves dismantling, occasional modifications or improvements and reassembly of systems, while also aiming to minimise down time.
Electrician Jobs Education Requirements
Trades qualifications such as City and Guilds of London Workshop Skills or BTEC Electrical Engineering (leading to an Ordinary or Higher National Certificate) are a route to developing a career as an electrician. These qualifications are approved by the Engineering Council as contributing towards becoming an Engineering Technician (EngTech). Good numerical, analytical and communication skills are all useful, as is motivation and the ability to multi-task, solve problems and meet deadlines. Level headedness in an emergency is also of value.
Electrician Jobs Market
Numerous electrician jobs are available in various parts of the UK at the time of writing (August 2015) - especially in and around the main cities and centres of population from London, Swindon and Bristol in the south to Liverpool, Manchester, Leeds and Aberdeen in the north. Qualified electricians may also wish to browse vacancies classified under titles such as maintenance electrician jobs or electrical engineer jobs.
Electrician Jobs Salary Information
Current pay scales in the UK for electricians range from a starting salary in the region of £19,200 per year with the possibility of salary advancement for skilled employees on the completion of training. A typical upper maximum is £31,080, with a remuneration midpoint of just under £25,000.