Electricians provide buildings with energy to light rooms, heat water and power devices. They install, inspect and test electrical equipment, making sure it is working properly and safely. As an electrician, you could be maintaining traditional systems in homes, shops and offices. Some electricians work with renewable technology or fibre-optics. Others service motors, transformers, street lighting or traffic systems, or work on engineering projects.
Roles and Responsibilities
As an electrician you will be responsible for ensuring the safety of electrical equipment. This could involve fixing problems that are reported, or installing new systems such as lighting and heating within new structures.
The job role of an electrician involves the following duties:
- Inspecting electrical systems, wiring and equipment to ensure they are safe and functioning properly
- Fixing electrical faults or replacing parts
- Connecting sockets, switches, light fittings and appliances
- Laying cables to connect equipment to power and computer networks
- Installing security or data network systems
- Working with street lights and traffic management systems
- Fitting fibre-optic cables
- Maintaining electrical motors, transformers and machinery
- Making and installing electrical control panels
- Programming computer-controlled ‘intelligent’ buildings
- Following technical plans
- Adhering to strict safety regulations
- Learning about new electrical legislation
- Responding to emergency call-outs such as power cuts
- Working on a construction site, in domestic or commercial settings, offshore, locally or abroad, often in cramped conditions or at height.
- Level 2 Electrical Installation Training
- Level 3 Electrical Installation Training
Additional skills which may benefit anyone considering a job as an electrician include:
- Knowledge of engineering science and technology
- Maths knowledge
- Design skills and knowledge
- Be thorough and pay attention to detail
- Analytical thinking skills
- Excellent verbal communication skills
- Able to use a computer and the main software packages confidently.