What does an electrician do?
Electricians work across homes, businesses and in industry. You could be working on a wide range of projects. Careers can be divided into the following areas:
- installation electrician – fitting power systems, lighting, fire protection, security and data-network systems around the home and in businesses
- maintenance electrician - checking systems are running efficiently and safely
- electro-technical panel builders – assembling and fitting control panels that run electrical systems
- machine repair and rewind electrician - repairing and servicing electrical motors and machinery e.g. transformers
- highway systems electrician – building and repairing street lighting and traffic management systems
What do I need to do to become an electrician?
You’ll need to have an industry recognised level 3 qualification for example a level 3 diploma in electrotechnical services. Most people get into this career via an apprenticeship. It normally takes two to four years to become fully qualified.
GCSEs grade D or above, including Maths and English, would be an advantage.
Alternatively, you could prepare for working in this industry by taking a part-time or full-time college training course in electrical installation.
- Industry recognised level 3 qualification e.g level 3 diploma in electrotechnical services
- Level 3 diploma in electrical installations if part of an apprenticeship