Installation Electrician/Maintenance Electrician
Course Code: AP3
Subject area: Construction & the Building Trades
Awarding body: EAL
Course type: Full-time
Time of Day: Daytime
Duration: Four years
When you'll study: Various days and times
Electricians install, maintain and repair electrical systems in industrial, commercial and domestic environments. Electricians might work in both indoor and outdoor settings. Electrical equipment and systems may include switchboards, motors, cables, fuses, thermal relays, fault current protection switches, heating, lighting, air conditioning and metering equipment as well as crime and fire alarm systems and renewable energy technologies. They are able to work on their own proficiently and work without immediate supervision in the most efficient and economical manner.
They may contribute to the design of electrical systems. They are able to set out jobs from drawings and specifications and requisition the necessary installation materials.
Electrical safety is an important area of Electricians’ work. On completion of their work the electrical systems must be safe to use. They must adhere to safe working practices without endangering themselves or others.
Installation Electricians work on the installation, testing, commissioning and maintenance of low voltage (less than 1000v) electrical and electronic devices and appliances.
Maintenance Electricians work on the maintenance of electrical and electronic installations including automated production systems. Duties include the supervision of the equipment, its maintenance and necessary repairs.
Electricians will use engineering knowledge and understanding to apply their technical and practical skills. They will contribute to the design, development, manufacture, construction, commissioning, operation or maintenance of products, equipment, processes, systems or services.
Electricians will learn to understand and apply:
- the principles, practices and legislation for the termination and connection of conductors, cables and cords in electrical systems
- the practices and procedures for the preparation and installation of wiring systems and electrotechnical equipment in buildings, structures and the environment
- the principles, practices and legislation for the inspection, testing, commissioning and certification of electrotechnical systems and equipment in buildings, structures and the environment
- the principles, practices and legislation for diagnosing and correcting electrical faults in electrotechnical systems and equipment in buildings, structures and the environment
- the electrical principles associated with the design, building, installation and maintenance of electrical equipment and systems.
Acceptance on this Apprenticeship will be determined through interview, diagnostic testing and vocational assessment.
Candidates will be required to achieve the Level 3 Electrotechnical Qualification, (Installation) or (Maintenance). Apprentices without level 2 English and mathematics will need to achieve this level prior to completion of their Apprenticeship. By the end of the Apprenticeship the candidate will have satisfied the requirements for registration as Eng Tech by the Engineering Council.
On successful completion, you may wish to continue your studies by moving onto a higher level Apprenticeship or course. You could also benefit from greatly enhanced job opportunities, whether with your current employer or elsewhere.
Fees quoted apply to courses starting in the academic year 2018/19 (August 2018 – July 2019). There may be a slight increase in fees for courses starting 2019/20.