Electrical and Electronic Trades

Job holders in this group perform a variety of electrical and electronic occupations.


New workers

New workers start around £27,588. Normal pay is £40,271 per year.
Highly experienced workers can earn up to £59,011.

Available jobs

In the past year there were 26,966 vacancies for this type of job


Projected job growth over the next 8 years

Related courses

People work towards these careers by taking these courses at college and uni.

What they do most days?

  • Locates and repairs faults to lines and ancillary equipment.

  • Connects cables to test equipment and tests for balance, resistance, insulation and any defects.

  • Connects and installs transformers, fuse gear, lightning arrestors, aircraft warning lights, cable boxes and other equipment.

  • Assists with the erection of wood poles or steel towers to carry overhead lines.

  • Removes protective sheath from wires and cables and connects by brazing, soldering or crimping and applies conductor insulation and protective coverings.

  • Places prepared parts and sub-assemblies in position, checks their alignment and secures with hand tools to install x-ray and medical equipment, aircraft instruments and other electronic equipment.

  • Examines drawings, wiring diagrams and specifications to determine appropriate methods and sequence of operations.

Hard Skills

Hard skills are specific, learnable, measurable, often industry or occupation-specific abilities related to a position.

Skills are ranked based on the number of job adverts that list them as required skills.

  • Electrical Engineering

  • AutoCAD

  • Programmable Logic Controllers

  • Project Management

  • Electrical Systems

  • Programmable Logic Controllers Programming

  • Automation

  • Computer-Aided Design

  • Control Systems

  • Engineering Design Process

Soft Skills

Soft skills can be self-taught and usually do not necessitate a certain completed level of education.

Skills are ranked based on the number of job adverts that list them as required skills.

  • Communication

  • Management

  • Innovation

  • Problem Solving

  • Detail Oriented

  • Leadership

  • Self-Motivation

  • Microsoft Office

  • Operations

  • Teamwork

How do I get a job like this?

People in these types of job started their career paths after studying courses like the ones below.