Electrical engineers design, develop and maintain electrical control systems, focusing on economy, safety, reliability, quality and sustainability.
Who can I work for?
You could be employed in a wide range of sectors including manufacturing, transport, construction, engineering and telecommunications.
Where and when can I work?
You may be working from a production plant, workshop, office, factory or on site and the hours are job specific. You might be required to work unsocial hours in order to work safely and with minimal disruption to others.
What can I earn?
Starting salaries range between £20,000 and £25,000. Experienced or engineers can earn up to £38,000.
What are the benefits?
There are good opportunities for working abroad, especially in large consulting firms and large building contractors.
Are there chances of promotion?
You can become a chartered engineer of apply for incorporated status. This will greatly improve your position and salary. After numerous years of experience, many engineers progress into project management or become a consultant or contractor.
What will I be responsible for?
You are likely to be involved in a project from its initial conception through to completion. This can include meeting a client, developing ideas and designing the concept, building the electronics system, overseeing its installation and undertaking any maintenance work associated with it.
Do I need any experience?
Most candidates have a degree in electrical or electronic engineering and enthusiasm to gain professional status. Relevant industrial experience is highly beneficial.
What attributes are needed?
You will need to demonstrate commercial awareness and an enthusiasm for the role. You will need to be highly organised and have excellent verbal and written communications skills plus the ability to work in a team.