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What does a career as an electrician involve?

As a qualified electrician, you would fit, test and repair the electrical circuits and wiring found in homes and businesses.

Your work might range from fitting a bathroom shower circuit in a customer''s home to laying equipment cabling in a new office development.

Your duties would include working from plans to fit wiring, sockets and points; carrying out an initial installation; and fitting fuse boxes, circuit-breakers and earth terminals.

On commercial projects your tasks would be on a larger scale, for example laying the cabling connecting office equipment to power supplies and computer networks; installing fire alarms and security systems such as CCTV; as well as inspecting and testing wiring systems and equipment. What personal skills are needed? Good practical skills to work with hand and power tools and the ability to follow technical drawings and instructions are needed.

A methodical approach to work and the ability to pay close attention to detail is essential, as well as a thorough understanding of electrical safety rules and regulations.

What training do you need? To qualify as an electrician, you must have an Electrotechnical Services NVQ at level 3, which is awarded by City & Guilds and EMTA Awards Limited.

If you are not eligible for an apprenticeship scheme and not employed in the industry, you could take the City & Guilds Technical Certificate in Electrotechnical Technology levels 2 and 3 at a college.

The technical certificates cover the theory and some of the practical skills needed for the NVQ. However, to be-comfully qualified you must complete the work-based NVQ.

Industry bodies strongly recommend that you gain a placement or employment with an electrical contractor as soon as possible after you start the technical certificate, so that you can complete the NVQ.

What are the opportunities for career progression?

Your employer may ask you to take other qualifications, such as City &

Guilds Inspection, Testing and Certification of Installations; City & Guilds 17th Edition IEE Wiring Regulations; and Portable Appliance Testing (PAT).

Electrical Safety and Part P: Part P of the Building Regulations states that certain types of household electrical work must be approved by a certified contractor or building inspector.

You can certify your own work by completing a short Part P training scheme.

The Government has recently set targets for greater energy efficiency in a bid to combat climate change.

With further training, you may be able to install and maintain renewable energy technologies such as solar electric systems.

What is the salary? (Guideline only) Starting around pounds 20,000, with experience pounds 23,000 to pounds 28,000, and experience with specialist grading pounds 30,000.

More information

Electrical Contractors Association,

NICEIC Domestic Installer Scheme, National Association of Inspectors & Testers, Details provided for information only. Jobs not necessarily available.
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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Jul 13, 2009
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