What do electrician jobs involve?
As an electrician, you’ll be responsible for installing, inspecting and testing electrical equipment, to ensure that everything works correctly. You’ll also be responsible for making sure strict safety regulations are adhered to and that all equipment operates safely. Through rigorous testing and inspections, you’ll need to identify and repair anything that isn’t up to scratch.
Electricians are needed on sites of all shapes and sizes, meaning you could be working on anything from bringing power to people’s homes to assisting on huge engineering projects. You could also be involved in technology-focussed projects, like fitting fibre optic cables, or renewable energy projects, such as photovoltaic systems and wind turbines.
What is an electrician’s salary?
Your salary as an electrician can vary, depending on the size, location and scope of the project you’re working on, as well as from one employer to the next. At the start of your career you can expect to earn between £14,000 and £19,000 per year. As you gain more experience and progress, you can see this increase up to between £30,000 and £36,000 per year.
Overtime and extra shifts give you an opportunity to boost your earnings. If you decide to become self-employed you can set your own rates.
These figures are intended as a guideline only.
What skills do I need?
In electrician jobs, it’s important to have good practical skills, hand-eye coordination and manual dexterity. You’ll need excellent attention to detail and the ability to understand and follow complex technical drawings and plans.
Working with electricity can be dangerous, so you’ll need the ability to work carefully, precisely and safely, ensuring proper procedures are followed. You’ll also need good organisational and problem-solving skills.
What qualifications do I need?
There are a number of routes you can take if you wish to have a career as an electrician. Apprenticeships are a popular option, allowing you to train and study, all while earning a wage. To gain entry to an apprenticeship scheme you’d usually need at least four GCSEs of grade C or above, including English, Maths and Science.
During an apprenticeship, you would study towards an Electrical NVQ Level 3. It’s also possible to study towards this if you’re not completing an apprenticeship. Alternatively, you could complete the City & Guilds Electrical and Electronic Engineering (8030) course.
If you want to work on a construction site, you may also need to apply for a Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) competency card, specifically the ECS (Electrotechnical Certification Scheme) card.
What are the hours and conditions?
You’ll usually work between 30 to 40 hours per week, Monday to Friday. However, some shift work may be required and you may also need to work overtime on evenings and weekends, as and when project deadlines dictate. This overtime gives you an opportunity to boost your earnings.
There is a high likelihood of some travel between jobs, as well as time spent away from home. You need to be prepared to work both indoors and outdoors, often in cramp conditions or at heights.
With the right training, experience and qualifications, you could progress into a supervisor or management role. Alternatively, you could decide to become self-employed, or even to set up your own business, employing other electricians.
Areas of specialism
There are a number of areas you can specialise in as you move through your career. Installation electricians install power, lighting, security and data-network systems into buildings, while maintenance electricians focus on inspecting systems to make sure they’re working safely and correctly.
Electrical Fitters (Temporary Supplies)Plymouth
We are currently recruiting for Electrical Fitters for the temporary supplies department on-site at Devonport dockyard in Plymouth. Duties will include: Expected to install, maintain and test electrical installations, domestic, commercial and industrial. Carry out responsive and preventative maintenance. Carry out EICR's and all associated remedial works. Carry out fault finding. Experience working on and testing switchboards and power pillars. Ability to read technical drawings. Good knowledge of various test equipment. Knowledge of 3 phase systems is desirable. Qualifications required for the role: Testing and inspection qualifications are desirable. Applicants must hold a minimum of City and Guilds Level 3 and 18th Edition BS7671. Hours of work - 07:30 - 15.45 Monday to Thursday and 07:30 - 13:30 on a Friday - 36 std hours a week, O/T and shift work a possibility. 6 month contract initially.
Electrical Fitter (Cranes)Plymouth
We are recruiting for electricians to work on-site at Devonport dockyard in Plymouth within the cranes maintenance department. You will be required to undertake the following tasks: Undertake the installation, repair, maintenance and manufacture of electrical systems as required on land based systems in the marine defence and commercial industry. Read drawings, interpret work instructions and perform the work to time, cost and quality. Ability to overhaul and install a variety of electrical equipment in control, distribution and control systems Installation and connection of cabling. Set to work by the use of test equipment. Carry out functional tests and surveys. Competent to use general workshop machinery and hand tools related to the role of electrical fitter. Cleaning up of own work arisings. Slinging duties as required. Any other task within the individuals competence as directed by the company. This role will involve working at height and possible shift work. NVQ Level 3/City & Guilds & 17/ 18 th Edition certification along with City & Guilds/NVQ Level 3 qualifications is a requirement for this role.
E&I Maintenance Technician 12mth FTCChester
Role Purpose To work as part as the Maintenance Execution team actively carrying out the activities on the maintenance plan and responding to breakdown situations. To deliver the maintenance plan and support the plant online factor. Departmental Purpose The Maintenance Team are responsible for ensuring that process and process related equipment are performing to the required standard, whilst ensuring the successful delivery of the Maintenance Plan and supporting the delivery of the Group enrichment plan. The Maintenance Team strives toward a culture of continuous improvement whilst operating in an environment that complies with all health, safety, security and regulatory requirements. The Maintenance Team have the greatest influence on the online time factor and therefore the performance of the maintenance team will impact significantly on the company profits. Functional Purpose - Maintenance Execution The Maintenance Execution function prioritise and carry out the activity to ensure process and process related equipment are operating to the required standard. More specifically: Carry out PM1,2,3,4 and 5 work orders Carry out debugging and diagnostics Facilitate and lead problem solving Develop people through on the job training Provide support to other departments Manage contractors Deliver the maintenance plans on the agreed timescales Work efficiently and effectively to achieve the set goals Role Context Works in a highly regulated environment Completes Technical tasks in accordance to the maintenance plan Carry out all maintenance activities safely Continuously look for improvements to the maintenance processes Support the plant online factor though maintaining process equipment Technical Skills Required Developed technical, planning and communications skills Good communication and customer liaison skills to be able to identify and understand requirements and to gain confidence in solutions provided Ability to communicate in non-specialist, business focused terms. Proficient in the use of site computer systems and applications as appropriate for the role (e.g. Microsoft word, SAP, PACS, email) Business awareness & commercial focused In-depth knowledge of all maintenance activities carried out on site Familiarity with technical documentation requirements in a highly regulated environment Ability to analyse technical data to aid fault finding Ability to follow and update maintenance working instructions, permits and procedures to ensure all standards are met The capability of understanding electrical drawings, instrumentation drawings, mechanical drawings and Process Flow Diagrams. Fault find on technical systems down to component level Qualifications Recognised engineering apprenticeship or equivalent HNC / NVQ (Level3) and/or City and Guilds qualification. Senior secondary vocational education. Ideally Grade C or above in Maths, English and Science
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