How to become an electrical engineer
“It’s a tough world out there. But well-trained, expert engineering are more in demand today than they’ve ever been. The best enjoy great rewards including top pay and global travel. They all have one thing in common – at some point they had to start learning their trade as an apprentice.”
Working in the engineering and manufacturing sector is a highly rewarding career there is a huge variety of job roles that you can look at once you have completed your apprenticeship and there are clear progression routes. An apprenticeship in an engineering discipline can take you anywhere.
Read about a day in the life of an electrical design apprentice working in the engineering and manufacturing sector.
Job title: Apprentice electrical engineer
Company: Ishida Europe
Over my apprenticeship I hope to complete a wide range of qualifications, of which they include BTEC level 3 extended diploma, NVQ level 3, HNC and HND.
Last year I spent four days in the EEF training centre to attain my NVQ qualifications and one day in company to learn the trade of the company I work. Now in my second year I spend four days at my company, working with the DACS Electrical and Software team training to be an electrical designer. I also attend the EEF once a week to attain my BTEC level 3 qualifications.
The top three things about being an apprentice are:
- You develop technical and practical knowledge of engineering
- It’s a great foundation for the rest of your career
- You get to work with all kinds of people both at work and in the training centre
The best piece of advice that I could give someone looking to being an engineering apprenticeship would be, to evaluate your options in terms of industry and the job role you are looking for. This way you will make the best decision by yourself and have a goal to achieve for your future career. As well as this, when choosing the apprenticeship for you, find out about the prospects of the job you are taking and make sure that it matches your goals.
To see what routes into engineering you could take, see our decision path.