Jobs in Electrical Engineering – Resource Guide
This electrical engineering guide provides a list of relevant resources to help the reader carry out an investigation of the discipline as a career, whether as a qualified professional, a graduate, or an aspiring electrical engineer.
Jobs in electrical engineering
There are several routes available to those considering an engineering profession in Electrical Jobs – the main two are through completion of an accredited and relevant degree or masters in engineering, or through completion of an apprenticeship.
Before an electrical engineer can call himself fully qualified and start applying for vacancies, relevant work experience is usually required, as is the requirement to fulfil the Engineering Council Standards to be placed on the official register.
Engineering Career Change
Apprenticeships are typically offered to young people under the age of 24, so for those considering electrical engineering as a career change later on in life, and not able to take time out to complete a relevant degree, engineering training courses included as part of an engineering job offered by some employers could be a suitable alternative.
The following resources provide more in-depth information on training courses, degrees and institutions to study at, where to look for apprenticeships, and advice on career progression in electrical engineering. While current vacancies can be found on Telegraph Jobs through the electrical engineering jobs page.
Electrical engineering RESOURCES
Semta – Electrical Engineering
The Sector Skills Council for Science, Engineering and Manufacturing Technologies (Semta) works in all areas of the engineering skills sector to build the competitiveness of the industry. This body has specific information on electrical engineering skills such as key facts about electrical engineering as a career, the grants and loans available to those thinking of taking up training or career development in the industry, and other facts and resource links to relevant education and entry route resources.
The Royal Academy of Engineering
This resource has a specific education section which provides information on schemes for professional engineers, schemes for engineering undergraduates, and a whole host of other programs and projects available to help those interested boost their career.
For anyone over the age of 18 years old, Next Step can help those confused about their career option find a suitable path that matches their skills and qualifications, or help those already on a career path take the next step and progress.
Next Step is publicly funded and includes information, help and advice on job roles, relevant courses and help identifying personal key strengths which could be suited to a particular career.
The Next Step Electrical Engineering page provides an overview of the role of an electrical engineer, the hours of work, the salary and the entry requirements for training programs to pursue such a career.
Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET)
For information on the institutions offering professional courses and degrees to enter the electrical engineering profession the IET provides an official list.
UK Resource Centre for Women in Science, Engineering and Technology (UKRC)
Funded by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and other sources, the UKRC provides advice and information for women in the engineering and science and technology sphere.
Training information, news and events, and other resources are available on this site for women thinking of entering the engineering field, or for those already pursuing an engineering career.
Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE)
The CIBSE is a global network and supports the engineering industry so it can grow and develop while promoting career progression by approving training programs and accrediting professional courses.
It provides general news on the industry from around the world, as well as news on training courses and a CIBSE Young Engineers support network for young people interested in the engineering industry as a career.
A common route into electrical engineering is through an apprenticeship where the apprentice, once qualified moves up to become an electrical technician. Apprentceships.org provides a comprehensive list of available apprenticeships so those considering this route can investigate what is available.