Electricians install and maintain electrical systems.

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. 

Related skills

  • Ability to understand technical plans
  • Attention to detail
  • Communication
  • Leadership
  • Numeracy
  • Organisation
  • People management
  • Physical fitness
  • Problem solving
  • Teamwork
  • Technical ability

Related subjects

  • Computer science
  • Design technology
  • Maths
  • Physics

Essential qualifications

  • Industry recognised level 3 qualification e.g level 3 diploma in electrotechnical services
  • Level 3 diploma in electrical installations if part of an apprenticeship

Where could I be working?

Most electricians either work on their own or as part of a small business. 

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