Electrician

Electrician

Electrician – Apprenticeships

An Electrician is involved in the installation, commissioning, testing and maintenance of various wiring systems and services in domestic, commercial and industrial applications.

The work of an Electrician ranges from wiring of domestic houses, offices and retail units to more complex systems involving instrumentation, process control and maintenance in industrial plants, hospitals and power stations.

Electricians also service, maintain and repair electrical equipment, both domestic and industrial.

Electricians employed by the Electricity Supply Board (ESB) engage in electrical power supply and distribution.

Electricians employed by electrical contractors are usually engaged in the installation of lighting, heating and power equipment and the repair of existing equipment and appliances.

Those in industrial employment are generally engaged in the maintenance and repair of factory plant, machinery and generating equipment.

Note: Experience has shown that higher grades of entry than those suggested by SOLAS are preferred for the Electrical Apprenticeship, due to the technical nature of the Electrical trade.

Employers typically seek applicants who have completed Leaving Cert including Maths (with at least a grade C3 in Ordinary Level Maths) and preferably Physics.

Work Aspects

  • Learning and developing new practical craft-related skills, knowledge and competence
  • Working with and learning from experienced Craftspersons
  • Seeing a job through from start to finish
  • Comply with Health and Safety requirements
  • Understanding and using physics
  • Working with electricity or electronics
  • Being accurate with numbers in counting, measuring and arithmetic
  • Completing detailed tasks that requires accuracy and careful handling
  • Working with technical drawings and diagrams
  • Working with a variety of specialised hand tools, power tools and equipment
  • Being well organised and careful with practical tasks
  • Lifting or carrying heavy items
  • Taking responsibility for their own learning, including the allocation of study time
  • Being physically active
  • Bending and Kneeling
  • Passing all your phase exams (theory, practicals skills demonstration)
  • Earning as you learn

Phase 1: With Employer

  • Induction Training
  • Introduction to Health & Safety
  • Introduction to Tools & Equipment
  • Introduction to Basic Skills

Phase 2: Delivered in Training Centre (20 weeks)
Course Content:

  • Induction Electricity 1
  • Installation Techniques 1 (Domestic)
  • Installation Techniques 2 (Industrial)
  • Panel Wiring and Motor Control
  • Related Theory

Phase 3:
With Employer Work Based Training and Assessments

Phase 4: Delivered in Educational College (11 weeks)
Course Content:

  • Electricity 2
  • Power Distribution 1
  • Electronics 1
  • Related Theory

Phase 5: With Employer Work Based Training and Assessments

Phase 6: Delivered in Educational College (11 weeks)
Course Content:

  • Automation Control
  • Access Control and Alarm Systems
  • Electricity 3
  • Power Distribution 2
  • Electronics 2
  • Related Theory

Phase 7: With Employer Work Based Training and Assessments

The overall duration of this apprenticeship is a minimum of 4 years provided all phases are successfully completed.

On successful completion of the programme the learner is awarded aLevel 6 Advanced Certificate Craft – Electrical.

As an Electrician you will need to be physically active and to be able to work with your hands.

An awareness of health and safety and good housekeeping is essential as well as attention to detail and an eye for the aesthetic.

The Electrician must have the ability to:

  • Plan and organise
  • Communicate eff ectively
  • Solve problems
  • Work independently and as part of a team
  • Show a positive attitude
  • Recognise the need for good customer relations
  • Demonstrate good work practices including time keeping, tidiness, responsibility, quality awareness and safety awareness

The minimum age at which the employment of an apprentice may commence is 16 years of age.
The minimum educational requirements are:
1. Grade D in five subjects in the Department of Education & Skills Junior Certificate Examination or an approved equivalent,
or
2. The successful completion of an approved Pre-Apprenticeship course
or
3. Three years’ work experience gained over sixteen years of age in a relevant designated industrial activity as SOLAS shall deem acceptable

Note: These are the current approved minimum educational requirements for apprenticeship programmes, however, previous experience of the following subjects would be an advantage but not essential:

  • Mathematics
  • Technology
  • Technical Drawing/Graphics
  • Physics
  • Construction Studies

Note: Experience has shown that higher grades of entry than those suggested by SOLAS are preferred for the Electrical Apprenticeship, due to the technical nature of the Electrical trade.

Employers typically seek applicants who have completed Leaving Cert including Maths (with at least a grade C3 in Ordinary Level Maths) and preferably Physics.

You must obtain employment as an apprentice in your chosen occupation.

  • The employer must be approved to train apprentices.
  • The employer must register you as an apprentice within two weeks of recruitment.

Note: Electrical Apprenticeship applicants are required to pass a colour vision test approved by SOLAS.

On successful completion of the apprenticeship programme, apprentices are qualified to work within the recognised trade or profession.

Where apprentices and craftspersons have the necessary ability, initiative and basic qualifications, opportunities are available for advancement. These include advanced technology courses and management courses which are available in Institutes of Technology, Schools of Management and Professional Institutes.

Many craftspersons use their apprenticeship qualification as a platform to launch careers such as engineers, managers, owners of businesses, teachers and instructors amongst others.

Following successful completion of your Electrical Apprenticeship you can get an exemption from Year 1 of a Level 8 Electrical Engineering Degree. 

 

Did you know …

Qualified Electricians who are finished their Apprenticeship training can immediately earn up to €43,000 per annum. There is significant demand for Electricians across the Pharmaceutical and Technology sectors. Companies in these areas employ large numbers of Electricians.

 

The trade is also very transferable across industry sectors as well as being valuable internationally.

For top-level apprentices with a desire to advance, potential career progression routes include:

  • Site Supervisor
  • Project Manager
  • Contracts Manager

For those with entrepreneurial flair, setting up your own business is a desirable next step.