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Electrician

UK

£20,000 – £40,000 (depending on location and level of experience)

40+ hours per week (most electricians are unable to leave a job until it’s finished)

Overview

A vacancy for an electrician can be divided into three groups:

Installation electricians who test and install wiring systems.  You will have to follow the blue prints of an architect for a construction site or new housing development.

Maintenance electricians who test and maintain electrical equipment and often work in heavy industry

Production electricians who construct complex electrical and electronic appliances from wiring diagrams

Projects

Your responsibilities are entirely dependent on what kind of electrician you are and on the client / project.  Most electricians work freelance, and could be working for hospitals, construction companies, factory, new home or new school.

About the Candidate

* The candidate must have a practical mind

* Good at following detailed instructions

* Adaptable to work in different environments and different projects

* Good with both heights and confined spaces

* Careful and precise

* An analytical and mathematical mind

* Excellent attention to detail

Skills and Qualifications

Essential

To qualify as an electrician, you need an industry-recognised level 3 qualification, such as:

* Level 3 (NVQ) Diploma in Electrotechnical Services (Electrical Maintenance)

* Level 3 (NVQ) Diploma in Installing Electrotechnical Systems & Equipment (Buildings, Structures and the Environment)

* Level 3 Diploma in Electrical Installations (Buildings and Structures) if part of an apprenticeship

Depending on the client you may require:

* 17th Edition (IET) Wiring Regulations

* If you want to work in PAT Testing, the award in the In-Service Inspection and Testing of Electrical Equipment is a common training choice meets the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) Codes of Practice.

* Part P of the Building Regulations states that certain types of household electrical work must be approved by a certified contractor or building inspector. You can certify your own work by completing a short Part P training course

* With further training, you could install and maintain renewable energy technologies, for example photovoltaic systems (solar panels) and small-scale wind turbines

* Foundation Degree, HND or Degree in a related subject such as building services engineering, electrical engineering or renewable energy technologies.

Benefits

* Opportunity to expand your skillset with on the job training

* Opportunity to work on a prestigious projects

* You may receive the opportunity to earn more with overtime

* Opportunity to progress on other projects

* Great rate for freelancers

Help for Candidates

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