Electricians install, maintain and repair electrical systems in industrial, commercial and domestic environments and might work in both indoor and outdoor settings. Electrical equipment and systems may include switchboards, motors, cables, uses, thermal relays, fault current protection switches, heating, lighting, and metering equipment as well as crime and fire alarm systems and renewable energy technologies. 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.
There are two aspects to this type of work - installation and maintenance. It is usual for the work of a qualified electrician to include both of these. 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.
Candidates will be required to be employed within the industry working 30 hours or more and have a minimum of four grade C/4 or above GCSEs with English and Maths being mandatory requirements.
AM2 Students with international qualifications will need to have them converted, for which there will be a cost, through the national agency for the recognition and comparison of international qualifications and skills (NARIC) website. This is required to confirm they are comparable to UK qualifications at the start of the programme in readiness for gateway and the end point assessment.
Level 3 Installation/Maintenance Electrician.
This standard will be delivered by a number of practical and theoretical based classes in college on a day release basis and through logbook/portfolio of evidence, online multiple choice questions, assignments and practical assessments.
The synoptic end-point assessment will be provided by the AM2. This s a robust, timed (16.5 hours typically over 2 and a half days) practical and theory (40 multiple-choice questions) assessment in sections. Candidates have to perform a set of common tasks and procedures that a full scope electrical operative might face when working in commercial or industrial premises as well as dwellings. It assesses candidates on installation, inspection and testing and fault-finding; their work must comply with BS 7671, be in line with relevant health and safety legislation and conform to current industry practices and procedures.
By the end of the apprenticeship the candidate will have satisfied the requirements for registration as Eng. Tech by the Engineering Council. On completion of this apprenticeship candidates can potentially progress on to higher apprenticeships or employment, working for small electrical contractors to large Multi-national companies. Candidates can also become self-employed or set up their own business.