As a qualified electrician, you would fit, test and repair the electrical circuits and wiring found in homes and businesses. Your work might range from fitting a bathroom shower in a customer’s home to laying cabling in a new office development.
Qualifications for an Electrician include City & Guild Theory parts 1, 2 & 3, (sometimes titled A, B & C) plus the 17th edition IEE Wiring Regulations or the Electro technical Services NVQ at Level 3.
These Electrical qualifications are made up of theory and practical work in the classroom/training facility and work based experience with a working Electrician.
Colleges should help students find a work position, although many students organise it themselves.
Your employer may ask you to take another qualification although this is not essential; City & Guilds (2391) Inspection, Testing and Certification of Installations.
Typical duties include
- Working from plans to fit wiring, sockets and points.
- Carrying out an initial installation, known as the ‘first fix’ – fitting wiring along wall cavities and through ceilings and floors.
- Fitting fuse boxes, circuit-breakers and earth terminals.
- Mounting back-boxes on walls to take plug sockets and points.
- Carrying out a ‘second-fix’ – connecting wiring to sockets, switches, light fittings and appliances.
On commercial projects your tasks would be on a larger scale, for example:
- Laying the cabling connecting office equipment to power supplies and computer networks.
- Installing fire alarms and security systems like CCTV.
- Inspecting and testing wiring systems and equipment.
- Good practical skills to work with hand and power tools
- The ability to follow technical drawings and instructions
- A methodical approach to work and the ability to pay close attention to detail
- The ability to work unsupervised and as part of a team
- Good communication skills
- A thorough understanding of electrical safety rules and regulations.
There are specific areas of electrics you can train to do such as portable appliance testing (PAT), electrical safety and part P and environmental technologies (installing solar electric systems). With experience you can progress to supervisory positions or move into related areas of work within a company, such as estimating and contract management.
Guideline figures for Electrician salaries
Starting salaries can be up to £20,000 a year. With experience this can rise to between £23,000 and £28,000. Experienced electricians with specialist grading can earn over £30,000 a year.
How to apply
To be considered for all employment and training opportunities on site you must complete our Employment and Training Registration Form.
For further details please contact:
Kate Candler, Willmott Dixon Housing on: 01462 814455.