Electrical engineering technicians inspect, test and repair electrical items.
If something in your life goes wrong then, unfortunately, you can't go back in a time machine and change it.
A bad haircut, a stupid comment, that time you were forced to do P.E. in your underwear because you'd forgotten your gym kit… all hideously embarrassing, but all things you have to live with.
Machines are a little bit different though. If street lighting systems, generators, escalator controls, panels in industrial machinery and equipment, and most other pieces of electrical equipment break down or start acting in a way they shouldn't, they can be taken apart, fixed and put together as though they're brand new by an electrical engineering technician.
Inspecting, testing, and repairing electrical items, which is what electrical engineering technicians do, takes a brain that's hardwired to understand engineering diagrams, work as part of a team to repair equipment, and understand basic maths and science principles.
Electricity doesn't sit in one place - it fizzes around in pylons above our heads, shooting into buildings, vehicles, radios and TVs - and neither do technicians. You could find yourself repairing an overworked computer in an office or home, dismantling broken machinery in a factory, working in-house for a government department or utility company, taking a more complicated repair back to a workshop or research facility, and even using your skills in the armed services.
It's good to know that there are some things you can pretend never happened. Stupid gym kit…
You'll complete an NVQ Level 3 in Electrical Machine Repair and Rewind, where you'll cover health and safety, fault diagnosis, electrical machine repair, electrical machine rewind, principles of electro technology, and provision of technical information.
You'll also take a technical Certificate in Electrotechnical Technology, which includes units in electrical machines repair and rewind. The technical certificate includes core units in working effectively and safely in an electrotechnical environment, the principles of electrotechnology and application of health and safety and electrical principles.
All apprentices will have to take key skills in Information Technology, Application of Number and Communication.
The Association of Electrical and Mechanical Trades (AEMT) is responsible for this apprenticeship. For more information, visit AEMT [new window].
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