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Installation Engineer

Introduction

As an Installation Engineer, you will be responsible for installing specialist mechanical, or electronic equipment in businesses or homes.

Work Activities

As an Installation Engineer, you will be responsible for installing and upgrading specialist mechanical, or electronic equipment in businesses or homes.

The types of specialist equipment and machinery you actually install can vary hugely! Take a look at the list below:

  • telecommunications - broadband and digital tv devices
  • extractor fans - designed to remove pollution from workplaces
  • solar panels and other renewable energy sources
  • school whiteboards
  • boilers - for homes and for businesses
  • air conditioning units
  • lifts and escalators
  • alarms and CCTV - in homes and businesses

No matter what area you choose to specialise in, customer care is vital. You will need to talk to your customer, to find out exactly what they require, and keep them informed as to your progress. Every building, home or business, is different and therefore each job you carry out will also be different. Every customer will have different needs and requirements.

You may also need to carry out some service and breakdown work, when customers experience problems - again, this will require a combination of great technical and customer care skills.

You will need to follow strict health and safety regulations as you work.

As technology can change so quickly, you may need to regularly attend technical update sessions.

Being able to read, write and speak Welsh may be an advantage when you’re looking for work in Wales.

Personal Qualities and Skills

To become an Installation Engineer, you'll need:

  • good technical knowledge and practical skills
  • to be able to follow safety procedures at all times, working carefully and with great attention to detail
  • to be able to follow detailed plans and instructions
  • computer skills, as many Installation Engineers use computers to diagnose problems and communicate with their office
  • to have good problem solving skills

Pay and Opportunities

Pay

The pay rates given below are approximate.

  • Starting: £22,000 - £25,000
  • With experience: £28,000 - £34,500
  • Senior Installation Engineers earn £38,000 - £42,500

Hours of work

Installation Engineers usually work around 35-40 hours a week, Monday to Friday. However, early starts, late finishes, standby rotas and some weekend work may be required.

Where could I work?

Opportunities for Installation Engineers occur with employers throughout the UK.

Where are vacancies advertised?

Vacancies are advertised in local/national newspapers, on internet job boards, on websites of gas service organisations, at Jobcentre Plus and on the Find a Job website.

GreenJobs is a job board aimed at people interested in green careers:

www.greenjobs.co.uk/browse-jobs/engineering/

Entry Routes and Training

Entry routes

As a school leaver, with GCSEs, you will need to get a job with a firm, and train on-the-job. You might be able to work towards gaining a work-based qualification.

These can form part of an Advanced or Intermediate Level Apprenticeship. Take a look at our information article 'Apprenticeships – How do I apply', for more details about applying for apprenticeship positions.

You will learn the skills and get the experience you need to become a skilled Installation Engineer.

Work Experience

Many people enter this career after gaining relevant skills, and perhaps qualifications, in a related area such as:

  • mechanical engineering
  • electrical engineering
  • plumbing
  • heating and ventilation fitting
  • telecommunications
  • computer engineering

Technical experience is highly valued in this career.

Progression

Installation Engineers can progress to Team Leader/Supervisor positions after further training and experience.

Qualifications

To get onto an Intermediate or Advanced Level Apprenticeship, you’ll usually need five GCSEs at grade C/4 or above, possibly including English and maths.

Adult Opportunities

Age limits

It is illegal for any organisation to set age limits for entry to employment, education or training, unless they can show there is a real need to have these limits.

Skills/experience

Many people enter this career after gaining relevant skills, and perhaps qualifications, in a related area such as:

  • mechanical engineering
  • electrical engineering
  • plumbing
  • heating and ventilation fitting
  • telecommunications
  • Computer engineering

Technical experience is highly valued in this career.

Further Information

Semta

Skills for science, engineering and manufacturing technologies

Address: 14 Upton Road, Watford, Hertfordshire WD18 0JT

Tel: 0845 6439001

Email: customerservices@semta.org.uk

Website: www.semta.org.uk

Tomorrow's Engineers

Publisher: EngineeringUK and Royal Academy of Engineering

Email: contactus@tomorrowsengineers.org.uk

Website: www.tomorrowsengineers.org.uk

Construction Industry Training Board (CITB)

Address: Blue Court, Church Lane, Kings Langley, Hertfordshire WD4 8JP

Tel: 01923 260000

Email: ecitb@ecitb.org.uk

Website: careers.ecitb.org.uk

Scottish Engineering

Scottish enquiries

Address: 105 West George Street, Glasgow G2 1QL

Tel: 0141 2213181

Email: consult@scottishengineering.org.uk

Website: www.scottishengineering.org.uk

Engineering Training Council Northern Ireland (ETC NI)

Northern Ireland Enquiries

Address: Sketrick House, Ards Business Park, Jubilee Road, Newtownards BT23 4YH

Tel: 028 9182 2377

Email: info@etcni.org.uk

Website: www.etcni.org.uk

Careers Wales - Welsh Apprenticeships

Tel: 0800 028 4844

Website: ams.careerswales.com/

Electrical Careers - The Electrotechnical Skills Partnership

Website: www.electricalcareers.co.uk/

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