Four different coloured electrical wires


Powering up electrical systems to help them work safely

How this role makes a difference

Homes, transport systems, leisure facilities, manufacturing, and offices all rely on electricity to keep them operating. The electrical systems that supply them are complex and continuously changing, as innovations help to make them more energy efficient.

While new housing developments and business premises need electrical systems to be installed, older buildings need system upgrades and regular maintenance. In both situations strict safety regulations need to be followed. You could be the technician who powers up environments of all kinds and makes sure they work safely without a glitch.

The kind of work you’ll do

  • Installing, maintaining, and repairing electrical systems
  • Understanding and following manufacturers’ instructions
  • Checking and maintaining electrical safety
  • Listening to customers’ requirements and electrical fault issues
  • Deciding on materials and parts required for repairs
  • Loading vehicles with supplies of materials
  • Making sure tools and equipment are in good working order
  • Helping to design electrical systems
Useful skills
Attention to detail
Useful skills
Problem solving
Useful skills
Instructing others

What you can bring to the role

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Future career opportunities

You might begin your career with a small company but progress to working for a large electrical contractor or construction business that serves a region or the whole of the UK.

After gaining experience, you will probably specialise in a particular area, which could be heating, lighting or air conditioning in commercial or domestic environments.

Alternatively, you could focus on electrical compliance, which means completing checks to ensure electrical systems meet regulatory standards. Another option is setting up your own business, working independently or employing other electricians.

How to get into this role

There’s no perfect career path or ideal way into your dream job.

But if you’re interested in education and training options that could be relevant to this role, you might want to consider:  

Schools and colleges each have their own career guidance plan and can provide detailed information, advice, and guidance on options and next steps.

A little more about the role

Exciting features...

The range of environments you can work in as an electrician is vast – you could become an expert in wiring up department stores, office blocks, hospitals, factories, or even yachts. Every environment is slightly different, with different operational needs that need to be met. Your working day can also be very varied, as you move between fixing everything from air conditioning to security systems, lighting to heating.

Other job titles...

This role can also be known by some other job titles including:

Installation Electrician
Maintenance Electrician

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