Job ProfileInstallation Electrician
Activities

Installation electricians install, maintain and repair electrical systems in industrial, commercial and domestic environments – so you could be working on homes, offices, retail parks, airports, leisure centres – any type of building!

You’ll be working both indoors and outdoors, on equipment and systems such as switchboards, motors, cables, fuses, thermal relays, fault current protection switches, heating, lighting, air conditioning and metering equipment, as well as security and fire alarm systems and renewable energy technologies.

As well as installing systems, you might also contribute to designing them. You’ll be able to look at electrical drawings and set out your job, working out all the materials and equipment you’ll need.

Electrical safety is an important area of an electrician’s work. You must ensure each electrical system you maintain is safe to use, and you must adhere to safe working practices without endangering yourself or others.

Training

An apprenticeship is the usual entry route into the industry – by doing an apprenticeship you’ll gain the NVQ Level 3 qualification that’s most widely used and recognised by the industry.

Short courses are available, but they tend to be of most use to existing electricians. They are very unlikely to be accepted by an employer if you’re new to the industry.

ProgressionOnce you’re working for a company there may be opportunities for you to move up the ladder if this is something you’d like to do. You might move onto more important projects and supervisory and managerial roles as you gain experience. Opportunities may arise for example in design engineering, site management, consultancy or training. You might also work abroad or even set up your own business.