There are two different types of electricians who work in many
different kinds of places, including domestic, industrial,
commercial, leisure and agricultural buildings, structures and
An installation electrician completes the installation,
inspection, testing and commissioning of electrical systems,
devices, appliances and equipment.
A maintenance electrician maintains, services and repairs
electrical and electronic systems in commercial environments, as
well as those above. This may include office blocks, leisure
complexes, shopping centres or automated production systems.
You'll need to be good at technical subjects or have an interest
in technology to do this job. You'll also need to be good at
solving practical problems and have good colour vision to recognise
colour coded wires.
Good communications skills to deal with a range of people are
important and you'll need to be enthusiastic about your work.
At least four GCSEs Grade A*-C, including English or Welsh,
Maths and Science are required, although other qualifications may
(Applications from students with the Foundation or Intermediate
Welsh Baccalaureate are also welcomed).
(This is a guide to the average salary a fully qualified and
experienced person might expect to get.)
£20,000 - £30,000
Once they have the necessary skills, knowledge and
qualifications, electricians can register on a Certification
They can also progress on to learning and assessment programmes
that lead to Level 4/5 qualifications such as a Higher National
Certificate, Foundation Degree and/or a Higher Apprenticeship.
Installation engineers often train further to take up other
roles as a technician, system designer, estimator,
project/contracts manager, site/workshop supervisor/manager,
chartered engineer, sales engineer or commercial manager.
Maintenance electricians often train further to take up other
roles such as a technician, designer estimator, project manager,
site/workshop supervisor/manager, chartered engineer, sales
engineer or service manager.