What do they do?
Electricians and electrical fitters assemble parts in the manufacture of electrical and electronic equipment, and install, maintain, and repair electrical plant, machinery, appliances and wiring.
In the green industry, this could include repairing and installing solar panels and wind turbine parts.
What are hours and pay like?
- Average Salary: £32,620
- Average Hours per week: 45 hours
What does their job involve?
Study drawings and specifications to understand how things should work.
Hands on work
Cut, lay, and join wires to sockets or terminals using various methods and put in and shape electrical pipes.
Build parts and sub-parts using hand tools, soldering, riveting, or welding.
Set up electrical systems
Install machinery, fixtures, and appliances like fuse boxes, generators, and sockets.
Inspect and repair
Check electrical systems for problems using testing equipment and replace worn parts or faulty wiring.
Academic qualifications may not be required but NVQs and apprenticeships are available to combine work experience and training.
Training providers in Surrey
- University of Surrey: Several Electronic Engineering courses.
- East Surrey College: Electrician/ Electric fitter apprenticeships.
- Nescot College: Electrical Installation Apprenticeship Level 3.
Skills you may need
- Hard skills that are important for this role: Electrical wiring, maintenance engineering, electrical engineering, electrical systems
- Important soft skills: Communications, customer service, management, problem solving, self-motivation
- Job opportunities: 966 green jobs in the area by 2030.