Take a look at your options…

Once you’ve completed an electrical apprenticeship there’s a wide range of routes you can follow – you may wish to stay in a site based role, or look at something such as design or project management. The options are varied depending on your skills, strengths and what sort of career path you’d like to take.

Click on each bar below to find out more about the different specialisms within the industry and read about other people who are enjoying a career in this area:

If you like to be specific and precise this is a great job for you, as you’ll need great attention to detail to not just install the systems in line with the technical drawings, but also test them carefully to ensure they’re working properly and safely.

Depending on which route you take and what further training you do, you can start to move into more technical responsibility as you gain more experience.

This route includes roles such as:

  • Electrician
  • Technician
  • Test Engineer

Dillon Jones

Electrical Apprentice

As an electrician,you can also in time move into a supervisory or site manager role where you’ll have more responsibility and will be overseeing a number of electricians and keeping your colleagues and clients informed about the project.

This route includes roles such as:

Supervisor
Site Manager
Senior Site Manager

As an Estimator, your job is to work out how much a job is likely to cost so that you know how much to charge the client. To do this you’ll be working with special estimating software and producing documents like a ‘Bill of Quantities’ which lists all materials, parts and labour that will be used for the project.

As you can imagine it’s a big responsibility to ensure all costs are accounted for and have been calculated correctly! So if you love numbers and accuracy this is a great area for you.

This route includes roles such as:

Estimator
Senior Estimator
Estimating Manager

John Townsend

Estimator

Contract management and project management can often overlap depending on what size of company you’re working for, but it’s all about delivering the job and meeting the customer’s requirements. Once you win a piece of work from a customer and start work on the project, you’ll need to make sure everything is running smoothly and is not going over-budget.

You will be attending meetings, making sure the site team is performing to target, producing progress reports and keeping an eye on valuations and expenditure. Good organisational and planning skills are a must!

This route includes roles such as:

Contracts Manager
Project Engineer and Project Manager
Commissioning Engineer and Commissioning Manager

Richard Harrison

Contracts Manager

This is a great role if you’re creative and technical – as an electrical designer you’ll look at what electrical systems the customer needs, then design all the plans and equipment to turn the wish into reality! You’ll learn all the important things you need to take into account, such as equipment, power requirements, cable sizes and building regulations. Using specialist computer software you will create the designs for each project and work with colleagues and clients for approval.

As the project progresses you might need to adapt your designs to overcome certain challenges or restrictions. So good problem-solving skills will come in handy! You’ll also need great communication skills to help explain your designs to those who need to work with them.

This route includes roles such as:

Design Engineer
Principal Design Engineer
Design Manager

Ben White

Principal Design Engineer

Many business owners and managing directors in the electrical industry started off as an apprentice and worked their way up – you can too! When you’re in charge of the business you’ll be responsible for every area of the company: finance, customer services, sales, staff welfare, health and safety, legal and environmental.

It can be challenging but it’s also very rewarding – you could be heading up a small business of 3-10 employees, or managing a national company with over 250 staff. With an apprenticeship under your belt, there are lots of opportunities to progress in the industry and take the route you wish to follow.

At this level you could be:

Director
Managing Director
Chief Executive