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How to gain electrical engineering work experience

Starting your electrical engineering work experience

Getting a placement is great for future employment especially when you can demonstrate the following as a result of the work experience:

  • Updated knowledge in your subject
  • Ability to work in a team
  • Ability to plan and organise
  • Verbal and written communication skills

Consultant electrical engineering firm

If you apply to work in a consultant electrical engineering firm, you can be an electrical engineering draughtsman or an assistant electrical engineer. Ideally, you should know how to use AutoCAD (Computer Aided Design) software programme to draft out designs provided to you by the project engineer. You will then print out these drawings for his checking and approval. You will also need to liaise with the relevant authorities for drawing submissions.

Contractor electrical engineering company

If you prefer to work on site rather than office, work for a contractor company as a site supervisor instead. The hours may be longer but there is more flexibility. Your own transportation is not strictly necessary but is definitely good to have.

How much to expect

After graduating, you can expect to earn an annual salary of 20,000 to 23,000 pounds. After 10 to 15 years in this field, your salary can go up to 45,000 pounds and over per year with more attractive benefits.

Your salary also depends on the size of the company, the complexity of the project (if you are working on a contractual basis) and the site location (if you are site based).

 

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