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Electrician job overview

Electricians are responsible for a number of duties these include:

  • Diagnose electrical problems using diagrams or blueprints.
  • Install and repair electrical systems.
  • Inspect, troubleshoot, and conduct tests.
  • Pinpoint problems using a range of testing devices.
  • Safely use various hand and power tools.
  • Plan the layout and installation of electrical wiring, equipment, and fixtures.

Skills required

  • Have number skills
  • Electrical Understanding
  • Be great at problem-solving
  • Have steady hands
  • Have confidence in your ability
  • Be practical and dexterous
  • Be able to work under pressure and to strict deadlines
  • Have customer care skills
  • Be friendly and approachable

FAQs

What qualifications do you need to be an electrician?

To become an electrician you will need to gain a NVQ Level 2 or 3 in Electrical Installations or NVQ Level 3 Electrotechnical.

How long does it take to train as an electrician?

To become an electrician in the UK you will need to combine training, experience and a final assessment. This can typically be completed as an apprenticeship over 4 years

How much do electricians earn?

Newly qualified electricians who choose to work for an employer can expect to earn between £19,000 and £22,000 a year. However, overtime and after you have gained more experience in various jobs, you can expect to see your salary rise. Currently the highest regional electrician salary is in London at £37,689. The lowest regional salary is in Wales, where the average electrician salary is £27,859.

Are electricians in demand?

Yes electricians are highly valued as of 2019 there were over 250,000 registered electricians.

Can you become an electrician without an apprenticeship?

Yes, if you can still apply for your NVQ without doing an apprenticeship, yet an apprenticeship might still be perfect for you as you will learn more skills on the job.

What are the Working Hours of an electrician?

Most electricians work from 9-6, however many jobs may require you to work on the weekend or at different times of the day.

What are day-to-day tasks of an electrician?

  • Reading blueprints to learn where circuits, outlets, panel boards, and other electrical components are to be found or placed
  • Planning the layout and installation of wiring through an entire building or series of buildings
  • Installing electrical machines in factories.
  • Putting fiber optic cable for telecommunications equipment into commercial structures.
  • Installing systems that will enable telephones, intercoms, computers, security alarms, and fire alarms to work properly.
  • Adding, maintaining, and replacing circuit breakers, fuses and wires.
  • Tracing the flow of energy to circuit breakers and transformers.
  • Reviewing the work that other electricians have done in a building, and making sure it meets the safety standards set out in the National Electrical Code.
  • Finding and replacing faulty wiring or aged wiring that could pose a safety hazard

Why is there a high demand for electricians in the UK?

Demand in the construction industry will always be high in the UK with construction becoming the largest growing sector new jobs will always be available.(link to construction growth)

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