Electrical engineering professionals research, develop and operate electrical equipment.
A common entry route into electrical engineering careers involves gaining a place on a technician apprentice scheme following leaving school. Candidates for such schemes typically require five GCSEs, including maths and science, and will be expected to work towards NVQ and BTEC qualifications.
To train directly for electrical engineering jobs, a degree in electrical engineering is essential. For degree courses in engineering, at least two A levels in maths and science are required. To obtain chartered electrical engineer status, candidates must possess an undergraduate or postgraduate engineering degree and relevant work.
Jobs for qualified electrical engineers can be found in variety of industries. Employers include government departments, public utilities companies and manufacturers in all industries. Employment openings may be advertised through electrical engineering journals and recruitment agencies.
Working hours for electrical engineering staff vary, depending on the types of tasks to be carried out. Employees may be required to work night shifts and weekends. While permanent employment is common, an increasing number of electrical engineers are choosing to take on short-term contract work. In larger companies, electrical engineers may be able to take on overseas work.
Salaries for electrical engineering technicians in their final year of training start at around £15,000 a year while those for graduate electrical engineers start at around £18,000 a year.