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Electrical Engineering Technician Apprenticeship

Electrical Engineering Technician Apprenticeship

Apprentice electrical engineering technicians work with engineers to develop and construct electrical and electronic equipment such as medical monitoring systems, communications systems, and navigation systems. They examine, repair, and alter machines or goods. An electrical engineering technician works closely with electrical engineers, mainly for the government but also for manufacturers, utilities, and R&D organisations.


Throughout your apprenticeship, you may help:

  • install turbines, switchgear and power lines
  • service traffic lights, street lights and motorway signs
  • assemble, fit and repair drives, motors and programmable logic control (PLC) panels
  • upgrade rail and signalling systems
  • fix electrical faults in machines
  • install and maintain lights, heating, lifts and escalators
  • carry out safety inspections.


  • Starting salaries for an apprentice is £24,000 per year.
  • Experienced electrical engineering technicians can earn up to £43,000.

Working hours

You will typically work 40 to 42 hours per week, occasionally on call when customers need you.

Working environment

You could work in a workshop, in an office, at a power station or in a factory.


Qualifications you can achieve as an apprentice electrical engineering technician include:

  • Level 3 Installation Electrician and Maintenance Electrician – Entry requirements for this level include 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths, for an advanced apprenticeship. This qualification will take 42 months to complete.


On an electrical engineering technician apprenticeship, you’ll learn:

  • knowledge of engineering science and technology
  • knowledge of maths
  • the ability to work well with your hands
  • the ability to use, repair and maintain machines and tools
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • analytical thinking skills
  • complex problem-solving skills
  • the ability to work well with others
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently.

Career path and progression

With experience, you could:

  • move into leadership, managing a team of technicians
  • become self employed as an electrical sub contractor
  • take on electrical design work
  • train more to qualify as an electrical engineer
  • become a building service engineer or facilities manager
Updated on December 12, 2022

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