The skills you must have as an electrical operative
employment, Mechanical & Electrical
Electrical operatives are responsible for the development, installation, and maintenance of electrical systems and products. Electrical engineering is a broad sector with many sub-sectors requiring specialist skills and knowledge. At PPR, we have worked with clients seeking electrical operatives in areas as diverse as the energy sector, alarms and security, and the rail industry.
Different industries require specialist skills when it comes to electrical engineering. There are, however, many transferable skills and knowledge will be essential for all electrical operations. As an electrical operative, the following skills will usually be required, whichever sector you are working in.
Essential skills for an electrical operative
Confident using CAD software to create projects and design electrical circuits
Experience installing electrical circuits in buildings
Testing electrical components, circuits, and appliances for safety
Analysing data to solve faults within electrical components and circuits
Understanding of the latest industry regulations regarding electrical installations in your specific sector
Technical ability including a solid understanding of maths including algebra, physics, and critical thinking
As an electrical operative, you will also require a variety of soft skills to complete your work to a high level. These may include but are not limited to the following.
Attributes of a successful electrician
Independent problem solving skills
Excellent communication and people skills
A good level of physical fitness
Time management and attention to detail
Alongside these skills and knowledge, electrical operatives will need to be qualified to various levels of competency depending on the electrical work being carried out. Electrical operatives are always in demand, so it is a popular career choice with many opportunities. Training as an electrical operative is often undertaken by school leavers but also by postgraduates and adults either looking to change their career or become more skilled in a relevant sub-sector.
Some qualifications you may require as an electrical operative include the following.
Qualifications for an electrical operative
Level 3 diploma in electrotechnical services
2:1 degree in a relevant subject such as electrics, electronics, physics, or computing
A postgraduate qualification
Higher National Diploma (HND) in electric engineering
Many electrical operatives enter the industry via apprenticeship schemes, learning valuable real-life skills while they study. A range of professional qualifications are also available for time-served electricians such as working towards achieving Chartered (CEng) status with the Engineering Council.