A maintenance electrician carries out reactive and pre-planned maintenance on electrical equipment in a commercial setting. Jobs might be in the health service, hotels, lettings agencies or industrial manufacturers; the list is almost endless. Anywhere that electrical equipment is used in a work or public environment, maintenance electricians are required to keep equipment to a standard which satisfies the Health and Safety Executive.
Qualifications vary across the electrician spectrum, as different exams might be more useful for some environments than others. Most often, City & Guilds (C&G) Parts 1, 2 and 3 Electrical / Mechanical Engineering is requested, with the 17th Edition Electrical Regulation, however the C&G can be replaced with a completed apprenticeship in some cases. Maintenance experience (as opposed to other electrician jobs) is often requested, in addition to qualifications.
Maintenance electricians can expect to earn from around £21,500 to £33,000 p.a. or between £9.81 and £16.00 per hour.
Maintenance electricians tend to be practical problem solvers and trouble shooters, able to see where something needs doing and get it done. An aptitude for maths and physics is useful for the role. They are often part of a larger maintenance team and their role is very specialist, so the ability to cope with stress is very useful as workloads can often be large.