Electrical Technicians help create, maintain and repair the electronic components and equipment used in any electrical device. Working alongside electricians and electrical engineers, they work on site to keep machinery running smoothly. They must also have a working knowledge of UK electrical regulations and current safety practices. As an Electrical Technician, jobs can be found across a range of projects, from domestic installation jobs to large commercial undertakings.
An Electrical Technician mainly focuses on troubleshooting and fixing electrical problems but may also be involved in the installations as well. Electrical Technicians often work in offices or within manufacturing settings where their primary role will be to repair or build electrical systems. They will follow a design plan and may often work under the supervision of an electrical engineer or as part of a team.
Electrical Technicians will also identify problems with complex electrical systems and will be involved in their testing too. They are usually involved in maintaining complex systems, working on site rather than the role of an Electrician who might install a system and then move on to the next job.
Electrical Technician jobs – the skills and qualifications you need
Electrical Technicians are usually expected to maintain industry-recognised qualifications in electrical installation such as the city and guilds level 3 Diploma. Most people become Electrical Technicians through apprenticeships and it normally takes two to four years to become fully qualified. GCSEs grade D or above, including Maths and English, would be an advantage. Related subjects such as Design Technology, Physics and Computer Science may also be helpful.
The skill-set of an Electrical Technician is very specific. You will need to be a practical person with high levels of attention to detail. You will be able to understand technical plans and be able to work with numbers. Physical fitness and manual dexterity are also important if you are to be a successful Electrical Technician. Colour-vision is also a crucial element of this role as you will need to be able to identify the different colours of wires.
It’s not just about these practical skills, attitude is important too. You’ll need to have a strong work ethic and be able to work well under pressure and to deadlines.
Being a Smart Meter Fitter involves similar skills to working as an Electrical Technician
If you are exploring your career options, then why not consider a Trainee Meter Fitter job with Search. Needing no previous experience or qualifications, we can provide an opportunity for you to take your career in a different direction with our Trainee Meter Fitter programme. Slightly different to a career as an Electrical Technician, but with the similar work and salary potential, we are looking for Trainee Meter Fitters to join us on a 12-month training programme which will see you learn new skills and achieve a well-respected qualification at the end of it.
With a starting salary of around £17,000 during the 12 month training period, this will increase to £30,000 upon successful completion of the programme and a final assessment. Given there is a government-led initiative to create more energy efficient properties, there has never been a better time to join this booming industry.
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