Electrical Engineer

Average Salary: £30,000 - £35,000
Competition: LOW
Years Experience: 1-4 years

Job Summary

For some, electricity has become as much of a commodity as the likes of the oxygen that we breathe in! Electrical Engineers play an important role designing, building and maintaining electrical systems, components and applications. Going on holiday this year? Think about the plane you’re about to sit yourself in. An Electrical Engineer has probably designed and built the electronics. Electrifying!

Duties

Not only does an Electrical Engineer work within the transport industry, but also are popular within the construction, manufacturing, energy and telecommunications industries. No matter which area they work in, they’ll be usually put up to the task to do the following:

  • Introducing new technical developments and investigating whether it would be feasible
  • Liaising with clients to determine project specifications, budgets and timescales
  • Designing and developing prototypes of potential electrical systems solutions
  • Analysing test results following testing of electrical systems and installations
  • Finalising costs and project timescales once agreement of systems has been finalised
  • Ensuring that projects are to health and safety standards and regulations

Key Skills & Characteristics

An Electrical Engineer should:

  • Possess excellent planning, organisation and time management skills
  • Have the ability to analyse complex problems and assess possible solutions
  • Have excellent communication skills with the ability to explain complex information
  • Be decisive and have sound judgement in regards to recommendations
  • Have good budgeting skills

Entry Routes

If you’re looking to become an Electrical Engineer, your best bet is to complete a degree in Electrical or Electronic Engineering. Though, completing a relevant degree in Engineering such as Electromechanical Engineering or Communications Engineering may also entice employers. No matter the specific subject, it will be useful if the degree is accredited by a professional body such as the Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET). If you wish in the future to achieve the status of Incorporated Engineer (IEng) or Chartered Engineer (CEng), the accredited degree will quicken up the process.

Work experience, whether internships or work placements are always welcomed. But there are plenty of cases of which individuals have completed their degree and gone straight into a Graduate role. But as with many graduate roles, they are competitive.

Job Progression

Junior Electrical Engineer

Electrical Engineer

Senior Electrical Engineer

Design Engineering Manager

Director of Engineering

Advice From Our Experts

The Good

  • Variety – You'll never work on the same projects
  • Ever-learning – With the development of new systems, you’re always picking up new skills
  • Creative – The role allows you the freedom to create and implement your ideas

The Bad

  • Updating Skills – Constantly have to update your skills to keep relevant, which can be frustrating
  • Stressful – It’s quite stressful when you can’t seem to find a solution to a problem or an unknown component that is not working
  • Hazardous – At times, it can be quite hazardous using electrical equipment