If you are working on completing electrical engineer training and approaching your part p courses, you might start to wonder what the entry level requirements for an electrical engineer are? And, if your part p training is going to help you find an entry level job once you graduate?
Most people that are competing for jobs as an electrical engineer either have a degree in electronic engineering or in electrical engineering. However, there are a few other engineering degrees that might allow someone to enter the field such as mechanical engineering, software engineering, power and energy engineering, physics and applied physics, building services engineering, and electro-mechanical engineering.
In addition, some foundation degrees and HNDs will also be helpful to those who are looking into a career as an electrical engineer. These include computing and IT, general engineering, building services engineering, mechanical and production engineering, applied physics, and mechatronic engineering.
Most employers will only hire graduates. Although, the good news for those who have a diplomate or foundation degree is that many university courses will allow those that hold these to enter into their final year of a degree programme. Therefore, it is possible to graduate without starting electrical training courses all over again. Junior engineers that have placement or other work experience will find that they have an advantage when it comes to securing entry level positions.
In some organisations it is possible to get an entry level position with just a foundation degree or HND. These organisations generally recruit during A-levels for apprenticeships and then will offer the best performing candidates sponsorship to get a further degree.
For the most part, applicants for entry level positions do not need to have a postgraduate qualification in order to gain steady employment. A potential employer will instead be much more impressed by your goal to gain experience in the industry.
If you are seeking employment as a chartered engineer however, you will need to have a master's degree. Bear in mind that chartered engineers tend to make at least £10,000 more than electrical engineers. Those that have a foundation degree, BEng, or HND can also apply for a job as an incorporated engineer which will also allow them to earn more than a starting level electrical engineer.
Work experience via a vacation placement or via an internship is always valuable and will help secure any entry level position. International companies may also be interested in applicants that are able to speak a second language.
It is also useful to be a student member of some of the many engineering institutions such as the Power Academy or the Institution of Engineering and Technology. Membership to these organisations shows a dedication to the field of electrical engineering and that you are serious about the field. Furthermore, some of these organisations offer scholarships to students within the electrical engineering fields.