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Want to be an Industrial Electrician?

The Job

An industrial electrician installs, maintains and tests electrical wiring, equipment (including machinery) both inside and outside of buildings such as industrial premises, hospitals and factories

What's the work like

An industrial electrician will generally work within one of four areas: instrumentation; panel building; repairing and rewinding motors etc, or maintenance

What skills and knowledge will I need?

You will need to be able to read instructions, interpret drawings, and do some basic maths, and have good practical skills to work with hand and power tools

What qualifications should I have?

You will be expected to have some GCSE qualifications but, as a minimum, you should aim to get Grade C (or above) in at least Maths, English and a Science

What sort of hours would I have to work?

Depending on whether you work in one place or travel, you will probably have to work somewhere between 35 to 40 hours a week, Monday to Friday

How much can I expect to earn

Your pay will vary according to where and who you work for. An apprentice's starting salary is 7,025 per year and, for those in their final year of training, it could rise to 18,363 per year [as at 2009]

What opportunities are there

There is always a need for good qualified electricians. Electrical contractors, builders, manufacturers and engineering companies are always looking for skilled craftsmen

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