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What is Electrical Engineering?

The role of an electrical engineer is to keep equipment running smoothly, through maintenance, repairs and upgrades, and installation of new equipment.

It also includes work in computers, telecoms, and a wide range of electronic disciplines. It’s a demanding job that requires skilled and focused engineers who can work in a variety of environments, from factories and hospitals to warehouses and ships.


According to the National Career Service, a qualified electrical engineer's salary can start from £20,000 and increase to £60,000 once experienced.

As an apprentice, you will be paid at least the national minimum apprenticeship wage by your employer during your studies.

Electrical Maintenance

Available in Hull, Grimsby, and Scunthorpe.

Electrical engineers will maintain the safety, integrity, and effective operation of plant and equipment in engineering and manufacturing industries that are part of or have activities that are part of the broader Electrical Engineering Sector.

Electrical technicians will work on various types of plant and equipment commonly found throughout the Engineering Industry sectors and the Technicians can be expected to migrate through these sectors during the course of their careers.

Electrical technicians key responsibilities include:
  • Position, assemble, install and dismantle electrical plant and equipment, which will include motors, switchgear, cables & conductors, to agreed specifications
  • Carry out planned, unplanned, and preventative maintenance procedures on electrical plants and equipment.
  • Replace, repair, and/or remove components in electrical plant and equipment and ensure its return to operational condition.
  • Diagnose and determine the cause of faults in electrical plant and equipment
How does the Electrical Maintenance programme work?

During the first year of a HETA apprenticeship, learners will be based at the HETA training centre. For the first 8 months, learners will undertake a multi-skilled engineering programme including Mechanical and Electrical engineering. The last 3 months will consist of undertaking specialised training in Electrical engineering.

  • 4 days a week in a practical workshop
  • 1 day a week in a classroom-based environment underpinning knowledge to complete a Level 3 qualification.

In years 2 and 3, apprentices will spend the remainder of their time of the HETA programme at their sponsored company. During this time, apprentices will be assessed via:

  • Portfolio work-based assessments
  • Engineering Assessor to review apprentices progression in the sponsored company (help with support and mentoring)
  • End Point Assessments (final assessment to ensure apprentices can do the job they have been training for - Skills, Knowledge and Behaviour)

Electrical Installation

Available in Hull only.

Electrical installation technicians work on the installation, testing, commissioning, and maintenance of low voltage (less than 1000V) electrical and electronic devices and appliances.

They might work in both indoor and outdoor settings working on electrical equipment and systems which may include switchboards, cables, fuses, and renewable energy technologies. Within this role, electricians may contribute to the design of electrical systems and are able to set out jobs from drawings.

Electrical installation technicians key responsibilities include:
  • Understand and apply the principles, practices, and legislation for diagnosing and correcting electrical faults in electrotechnical systems and equipment in buildings, structures, and the environment.
  • Understand and apply the electrical principles associated with the design, building, installation, and maintenance of electrical equipment and systems.
  • Understand and apply the principles, practices and legislation for the termination and connection of conductors, cables and cords in electrical systems
  • Understand and apply the practices and procedures for the preparation and installation of wiring systems and electrotechnical equipment in buildings, structures and the environment
How does the Electrical Installation programme work?

During the first 3 months of a HETA apprenticeship, learners will be based at the HETA training centre. Learners will work:

  • 4 days a week in a practical workshop focusing on electrical wiring & testing as well as electrical maintenance.
  • 1 day a week in a classroom-based environment underpinning knowledge to complete a Level 3 qualification.

From December, students will start in their company for the remainder of their first and second year, completing block release. During block release learners will spend three weeks at company and one week at HETA.

During the third year of their apprenticeship, learners will spend September - May in their company completing one of the following units:

  • Apply design and installation practices and procedures
  • Apply practices and procedures for maintenance.

Progression Opportunities

As well as Level 3 qualifications, HETA also offers a two-year Higher National Certificate (Level 4) and a one-year Higher National Diploma (Level 5). Learners may have the opportunity to enroll on the following programme within the second year of their apprenticeship programme. HNC’s and HND’s are a great route to moving on to higher-level qualifications; you can do extra studies working with our university partners to top up the HND into a full degree.

Completing Higher level qualifications like HNC’s and HND’s gives you great opportunities in your career. Not only are you more competent but also gives you a stepping stone into senior and management roles.

Our applications are now open for our electrical apprenticeship programme for September 2022. Find out how you can apply here.

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