Filling the skills gap - Electrical Engineer

Electrical Engineers and Electrical Engineering Managers possess a wide range of technical skills. Some engineers will enter the military with only their GCSEs and commence an NVQ accredited apprenticeship to work their way up through the ranks, whereas others may hold an accredited technical degree and enter service directly at a managerial level.

General Military Skills

  • Analytical and planning skills
  • Project management
  • Problem solving
  • Organisational
  • Leadership and resilience
  • Communication skills
  • Negotiation skills
  • Self-discipline, reliability and work ethic
  • Team player
  • Adaptability and resourcefulness

Specialised Military Electrical Engineering Skills

Electrical Engineers and Electrical Engineering Managers/Supervisors can be skilled in the following areas:

  • Servicing and fault repair within engineering and electronic workshops.
  • Providing engineering maintenance to aircraft, weapons and ground support equipment such as radars, navigation systems, aircraft defensive systems, weapon systems, aircraft flight control systems, power generators, air conditioning units, X-ray security machines, vehicle electrical systems, optical electronics and propulsion systems.
  • Installing temporary electrical systems.
  • Assisting experienced technicians in more complex repair tasks.
  • Using test apparatus to find electrical system faults.
  • Battle damage repair - which requires a combination of fault diagnosis, problem solving and hasty repair, often in challenging environments.
  • Leading teams of skilled technicians by managing and directing their work.
  • Following standard engineering practices and completing the associated documentation.
  • Managing engineering projects.
  • Managing teams of staff.

Civilian Roles That Ex-Military Electrical Engineers Could Consider

  • Engineering Team Manager
  • Instrument Service Technician
  • Automotive Electrician
  • Avionics Engineer
  • Domestic Electrician
  • Railway/Train Engineer
  • Sales Engineer
  • Electrical Systems Design Engineer
  • PAT Tester
  • Project Manager
  • Operations Manager

Skills Employers Need

  • Project management
  • Engineering ‘know-how’
  • Organisational Skills
  • Process compliance
  • Flexibility
  • Determination
  • Training & mentoring
  • Ability to earn respect
  • Leadership & management