Electrical engineers


Average Annual Pay

Annual Survey of Hours and Earning 2018


Average Weekly Hours

Annual Survey of Hours and Earning 2018


Unemployment Rate

Labour Force Survey 2018

Future employment projections (Working Futures UK)


Electrical engineers undertake research and design, direct construction and manage the operation and maintenance of electrical equipment, power stations, building control systems and other electrical products and systems.


Electrical engineers usually possess an accredited university degree or equivalent qualification. After qualifying, periods of appropriate training and experience are required before membership of a chartered engineering institution is attainable. Incorporated engineers possess an accredited university degree, BTEC/SQA award or an apprenticeship leading to an NVQ/SVQ at Level 4. All routes are followed by periods of appropriate training and relevant experience.

Typical tasks

  • supervises, controls and monitors the operation of electrical generation, transmission and distribution systems;
  • determines and specifies manufacturing methods of electrical systems;
  • ensures that manufacture, operation and maintenance comply with design specifications and contractual arrangements;
  • organises and establishes control systems to monitor the performance and safety of electrical assemblies and systems.

Common job titles

Engineer, electrical, head
Engineer, thermographic
Engineer, charge (electricity supplier)
Engineer, signal (railways:
Engineer, power
Engineer, electrical, group (coal mine)
Surveyor, electrical
Engineer, control (electricity supplier)
Engineer, electrical, works
Engineer, incorporated
Officer, research
Engineer, sub-area (electricity supplier)
Engineer, assistant (electricity supplier)
Engineer, first (power station)
Engineer, electrical, charge, assistant (electricity supplier)
Engineer, chief (electricity supplier)
Engineer, mechanical and electrical (electricity supplier)
Engineer, telephone
Engineer, design, electrical
Engineer, branch (electricity supplier)
Engineer, electrical, chief
Engineer, sub-station (electricity supplier)
Engineer, switchgear
Engineer, equipment
Assistant, research
Engineer, transmission, power
Engineer, generating (electricity supplier)
Engineer, electrical
Superintendent, electrical (MOD)
Engineer, electrical, senior
Engineer, traction, electric
Engineer, station, power (electricity supplier)
Engineer, laser
Engineer, area
Officer, scientific
Superintendent, meter (electricity supplier)
Engineer, electrical, area (coal mine)
Associate, research
Engineer, distribution (electricity supplier)
Engineer, second (electricity supplier)
Engineer, testing, cable
Inspector, chief (engineering,
Engineer, resident (electricity supplier)
Engineer, second (power station)
Engineer-in-charge (electricity supplier)
Engineer, shift (electricity supplier)
Engineer, electrical and mechanical
Engineer, district (electricity supplier)

Education background

Destination of Leavers survey, supplied by the Higher Education Statistics.