Careers in electrical engineering
Electrical engineering sector information including example roles of electrical engineers.
Working in electrical engineering
Working in this sector means you could be part of the industry generating the electricity to power machines; you could be an engineer responsible for fixing the machine; you could even be responsible for designing new machines that are fast and efficient.
The work is extremely varied depending on the career path you choose. This is a huge area with all kinds of career options, ranging from domestic (working in people's homes), to industrial (working on large-scale projects or manufacturing raw materials into useable end products). If you want to play a part in keeping things moving, the water flowing and the lights switched on, this is the place for you.
- Electrotechnical - responsible for making sure that all wired equipment is safely installed, maintained and repaired. Basically if it needs to be switched on, notched up a dial or plugged in, an industrial electrician will be involved. So you could be specialising in making sure that highway system motors switch on smoothly, that manufacturing equipment remains productive or that the wired material in shopping centres doesn't short circuit;
- Electricity generation worker - responsible for maintaining and servicing the machinery used to generate electricity. That could mean working in coal, oil, or nuclear power stations, or even on the North Sea wind farms, making sure the equipment works properly, and safely, and fixing it if it doesn't. You'll need to be handy with machines;
- Refrigeration engineer - supervises and maintains cooling systems and refrigeration units in buildings, factories and warehouses; so you could be working on the air conditioning in an office, or keeping the temperature of a freezer storing food at just the right level - and working with a team while you're at it;
- Domestic appliances service technician - the ones you call when the oven starts making scary noises. They visit homes and businesses, replacing broken parts or carrying out repairs on old equipment; fitting new appliances; or they can be based in workshops where products are sent. They travel a lot, and can spend a lot of time meeting the general public, as well as lifting and carrying heavy items.
Where can I find out more about electrical engineering?
Reproduced from The Apprenticeship Guide [new window]