How to Become an Electrician

Become an Electrician

In our review of different careers, we take a look at how to become an electrician.  An electrician installs and maintains power systems.  The role of an electrician provides you with fantastic earning potential and can be a varied and interesting role.

What Does an Electrician Do?

The power systems for our homes and our business' all rely on electricity, and the people who maintain and create this are electricians.

As an electrician, you might work for one big company or building as part of a maintenance department, or you might work for a company or for yourself as someone who deals with many smaller clients, taking on individual, one-time jobs.

From day to day, you would be maintaining, installing and testing electrical apparatus, wiring and fixtures in any number of different buildings.  You would also be assessing or planning the layout of wiring, installing wires and connecting them to lights and sockets, laying cables, fitting fuse boxes and testing wiring and other electrical equipment to ensure it is in good working order.

As and electrician you would be likely to work during office hours but with a strong possibility of overtime in the evenings and weekends.

Is Becoming an Electrician Right For Me?

The following skills and attributes are vital for anyone wishing to become an electrician:

  • Excellent practical skills
  • The ability to follow plans and diagrams
  • A willingness to work in outdoors in all weathers, and at heights
  • Excellent problem-solving skills
  • Good communication skills
  • The ability to work both on your own, and as part of a team

How Much Can an Electrician Earn?

An electrician will generally earn between £23,000 and £30,000 a year.  The job offers potential to work on a self-employed basis and set your own rates, so this might vary.  The job also provides plenty of opportunity for well-paid overtime and working on call which can increase your annual wage.

What Qualifications Do I Need To Become an Electrician?

To become an electrician you will need an industry recognised qualification such as a level 3 diploma in electrical installations.  It is common for companies to employ an apprentice who will then learn the skills on the job while attending college for one day a week to complete such a diploma.