Electrical Engineering became a profession in the latter half of the 19th century with the increasing use of electric devices. It is a core discipline within any company’s engineering function.
Electrical Engineers design, develop, implement and maintain electrical systems and components. They can be involved in either macro projects such as new build power stations or microscopic electronic devices. Ultra high voltage projects in the UK are generally 400Kv substations however much larger HDVC transmissions have been developed internationally.
Work is carried out across a variety of sectors, as electrical equipment is generally used across the board, but most commonly they work in the construction and building, energy and power, and manufacturing industries.
Your tasks will depend on the position and sector you work in, but some typical duties could include:
- Carrying out feasibility studies
- Drawing circuit diagrams and project plans
- Estimating costs and timescales
- Testing and analysing systems and devices
- Programming and commissioning of equipment
- Ensuring health and safety conditions met
- Inspection and maintenance
- Coordinating other workers
The usual entry is through a university awarded degree in electrical and/or electronic engineering, either studied on-campus or online. However, there are some related degrees in other areas of engineering that may be relevant to the profession:
- Building Services Engineering
- Power / Energy Engineering
- Aeronautical Engineering
- Computing / Software Engineering
Although employment is possible without a degree, these are usually at junior level where they expect the successful applicants to undertake a degree part-time whilst studying.
Salaries vary dependent on a number of factors, including the sector you work in, the seniority of the role, the specific skills required, and the location of the job.
- Entry level: £25,000
- Experienced: £28,000 - £40,000
- Chartered: £40,000 - £60,0000
Some other salaries for electrical engineering roles include:
- Electrical Commissioning Engineer: £31,500
- Electrical Designer: £28,300
- Electrical Technician: £30,500
Please note: these are third-party industry figures and do not reflect the average salaries of roles provided by NES Global Talent.
NES Global Talent Insight
Lee Lovekin, Senior Recruitment Consultant in NES Global Talent’s UK Engineering and Manufacturing team comments:
“Candidates with an Electrical background are highly sought after in the UK at the moment especially in areas such a HV substation commissioning, industrial electrical installation, PLC design and site power system upgrades. “
“We don’t see this trend changing anytime soon especially as new technology is developed making upgrading of existing, sometimes outdated, equipment attractive to business operators. Professionals with relevant experience and the required certificates or qualifications are in high demand all over the UK on either a contract or permanent hire basis.”
Electrical Engineering Jobs with NES Global Talent
NES Global Talent offers a range of electrical engineering positions across all of our various sectors especially in power generation, power transmission & distribution, oil & gas, pharmaceutical, manufacturing, rail and construction. Search our electrical engineering positions or register with us to be considered for any future roles.