Electrical Engineering Qualifications
The vast majority of employers tend to prefer candidates who have a degree in either electrical or electronic engineering, demonstrating their understanding and knowledge of the technical industry. However, this isn’t always essential as some businesses employ individuals with degrees in related subjects, such as mechanical, electromechanical or production engineering.
If you’re wanting to go far, make sure the qualification you obtain is accredited by a professional body, the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), for example. This’ll help you to achieve the incorporated engineer (IEng) or chartered engineer (CEng) status in the future.
Employers are also likely to consider candidates with a HND (Higher National Diploma) or foundation degree, as long as they show enthusiasm and passion for continuing to learn. Many university courses allow those with a HND or foundation degree to enter directly into the final year of a degree programme, so this is something to consider to help boost the chances of employment.
Electrical Engineering Apprenticeships
Some organisations recruit for apprentices, which is the perfect entry route for those that don’t currently have a HND or degree. These employers select candidates for sponsorship degrees to ensure they understand the key principles of the industry and make sure they reach full engineer level. Relevant A-levels and experience of working in the industry is usually required to become an electrical engineer apprentice.