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Electrical engineer

Electrical engineers design, build and maintain electrical systems, machinery and equipment.

Potential salary

£20,000 to £60,000

Employment by 2024


Working hours

35 to 40 a week

  • knowledge of engineering science and technology
  • maths knowledge
  • knowledge of computer operating systems, hardware and software
  • design skills and knowledge
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • analytical thinking skills
  • persistence and determination
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • the ability to work well with others
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages confidently

Your day-to-day tasks will depend on the industry you're in. You could:

  • carry out feasibility studies for new technical developments
  • draw up project plans and circuit diagrams using computer-assisted engineering and design software
  • estimate costs and project timings
  • coordinate the work of technicians and craftspeople
  • test installations and systems, and analyse test data
  • make sure projects meet safety regulations
  • oversee inspection and maintenance programmes
  • attend meetings, write reports and give presentations

You could work in a factory, at a power station, in a workshop, at a research facility or in an office.

Your working environment may be at height.

You could work in different industries, from power and renewable energy to transport, construction and manufacturing.

You can improve your career prospects with incorporated or chartered engineer status. Chartered status can help you move into electrical design and project management roles, specialise in a particular field, or work as an engineering consultant. The Engineering Council have further details on how to become a chartered engineer.

You can find more details about careers and training from Electrical Careers and The Institution of Engineering and Technology.

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