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Want to be an Electrical Engineer?

The Job

An electrical engineer gets involved in designing, building and/or maintaining electrical installations, products, control systems, machinery or plant powered by (or to help produce) electricity

Where

Electrical engineers are generally based in an office, or somewhere like a workshop, production plant, power station or research facility

What's the work like

Electricians work from plans to install cables and electrical wiring, accessories and equipment as well as controls for central heating or cooling systems for instance

What skills and knowledge will I need?

Electrical engineers work on projects with other professionals, so you will need good communication and decision-making skills, people and team working skills, and an understanding of maths, science, technology and IT

What qualifications should I have?

There is more than one route to becoming an electrical engineer. You could first go to university after you have finished school, or you could choose to work in industry and then study for a degree in the evenings and/or at the weekends by, say, the Open University

What sort of hours would I have to work?

Hours of work may vary, but expect to work somewhere around 40 hours a week, with some occasional overtime in order to meet employer or customer deadlines

How much can I expect to earn

Your pay will vary according to where and who you work for. A newly qualified electrical engineer could earn between £18,000 and £22,000 per year, whereas a ‘Chartered' Engineer can earn up to £53,000 [as at 2009]

What opportunities are there

There are plenty of opportunities for qualified electrical engineers throughout the UK, and there are even more if you are prepared to work overseas …

Useful websites:

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