Household Electronics Engineer

Job Description:

Household electronics engineers install and repair equipment like telecoms, satellite systems, broadband, gas metres, and security systems

Job Category:

What you will do:

Your day-to-day tasks will depend on the area you specialise in.

If you choose to specialise as a satellite engineer or telecoms engineer, your responsibilities might include:

  • surveying a site to plan a job
  • planning cabling networks and data networks
  • installing and fixing aerials or satellite dishes
  • checking signal strength
  • testing equipment and fixing faults

If you choose to fit gas and electricity metres, your responsibilities might include: 

  • visiting customers’ premises
  • removing the existing meter
  • fitting the new smart meter
  • carrying out tests to make sure the meter is working
  • explaining to the customer how to read the meter and how to get the most from it

If you choose to install security systems, your responsibilities might include: 

  • discussing security plans with customers
  • carrying out site surveys
  • installing security systems, like building access controls, fire and intruder
  • alarms, and electronic surveillance equipment
  • testing systems and explaining to customers how to operate them
  • checking and servicing existing systems


You’ll need:

  • knowledge of engineering science and technology
  • maths knowledge
  • design skills and knowledge
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages confidently

As well as:

  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • analytical thinking skills
  • the ability to work well with your hands
  • complex problem-solving skills (creative skills)
  • the ability to work well with others (teamwork skills)
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Entry Requirements:

To become a Household Electronics Engineer, you typically don’t need specific tailored to this profession, but a strong general education is important. Household Electronics Engineers work on repairing and maintaining household electronic appliances and equipment. Here are some relevant subjects and considerations:

  1. Mathematics: Basic math skills are important for troubleshooting electronic circuits and systems.
  2. Physics: Understanding the principles of physics, such as electricity and magnetism, is essential for working with electronic devices.
  3. Design and Technology (D&T): This subject can provide hands-on experience with electronics and electrical systems, which is valuable for understanding household electronics.
  4. ICT (Information and Communication Technology): This subject can help you develop computer skills, which are often used in modern household electronics.
  5. English: Good communication skills are important for explaining technical issues to customers and writing service reports.
  6. Engineering or Electronics: While not typically offered, courses or vocational qualifications in engineering or electronics can provide a strong foundation for this career.

Post School

There are no set requirements.

Qualifications or experience in telecoms, electronic or electrical engineering could help you get a job. Although not essential, you could get a college qualification in a subject like communications cabling, ICT systems and principles, or electrical and electronic engineering.

You could get into this job through an apprenticeship, such as one in IT or telecoms.

You may need a driving licence.

To work on building sites, in the UK you’ll need a Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) card.

Depending on your specialism, you may also need colour-normal vision and security clearance before you can start work.

Working Hours and Environment:

You’ll usually work 40 to 45 hours a week, including weekends and evenings. You may need to cover emergencies.

The job is often physically demanding. You may work at height on roofs, ladders or scaffolding. You’ll travel from job to job.

You’ll work at customers’ businesses and homes, both indoors and outdoors. You may be provided with a company vehicle.

Career Path & Progression:

With further training, you could:

  • plan and design telecommunications systems
  • set up a business installing satellites
  • move into supervisory roles
  • move into network design
  • move into gas or electronic engineering
  • set up your own installation and repair business
  • become an energy efficiency consultant
  • specialise in areas like designing new security systems