Electrical Engineers

As an electrical engineer, coming from outside this sector, your main opportunities would be:

  • working on capital projects with engineering consultancies that focus on the pharmaceutical and medical device sectors. 
  • electrical maintenance roles with pharmaceutical or medical device manufacturing companies.

Another option would be to retrain for validation roles in the pharma industry or engineering consultancies as your background in engineering design and interpreting technical drawings are relevant to this field. 

Apart from “Electrical Engineer” or “Senior Electrical Engineer”, here are some of the more common job titles we see advertised.

  • Electrical Design Engineer
  • Electrical & Instrumentation Engineer
  • Senior Electrical & Instrumentation Engineer (E&I)
  • Electrical & Instrumentation Engineer

So you’d have 3 broad options to both bolster your qualification or areas to retrain into.

Option 1

Apply for electrical engineering roles with engineering consultancies that work this sector.

For a list of pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers focused engineering consultancies, click here if you are in Ireland and here if you are in the United Kingdom. For other locations, do a search for engineering consultancies for the pharma of med device sector. 

To bolster your application, take our 15-week online Conversion Course into Engineering Roles in Pharma to learn GMPs and how safe medicines are made in a regulated environment and learn the air, water and steam systems that underpin aseptic/sterile processing.

You will receive a strong grounding in the modern pharmaceutical science and engineering concepts of the environmental controls (air) and clean utility systems design that underpin an aseptic manufacturing facility and the quality systems.

Option 2

Apply for electrical maintenance engineering roles with pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturing companies

For a list of pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers, click here if you are in Ireland and here if you are in the United Kingdom. For other locations, do a search for the pharma of med device companies. 

Again, to bolster your application, you could take our 15-week online Conversion Course into Engineering Roles in Pharma to learn GMPs and how safe medicines are made in a regulated environment and learn the air, water and steam systems that underpin aseptic/sterile processing.

You will receive a strong grounding in the modern pharmaceutical science and engineering concepts of the environmental controls (air) and clean utility systems design that underpin an aseptic manufacturing facility and the quality systems.

Option 3

Retrain for validation roles in both pharmaceutical companies and engineering consultancies. 

Take our 15-week online Starter Validation program and learn to populate an IQ OQ PQ Validation Protocol. 

IQ OQ PQ Validation Protocols form a crucial part of pharmaceutical plant projects and having a fundamental understanding of how these protocols are put together and interpreted is a fundamental skillset of any petroleum engineer cross-training to work in this area. 

Typical roles:

(Note that actual job titles may vary – the distinction is more between who’d employ you and what type of projects you’d work on).