What do they do?
Electricians plan, install, maintain, repair, test and commission electrical and electronic equipment and systems for industrial, commercial and domestic purposes.
Everyday Australians wouldn’t have access to the lights, televisions, appliances and equipment that are essential to modern life without them.
If you enjoy working with your hands, being out and about, and like solving problems, becoming an electrician could be a great decision.
- Test, repair and maintain electrical equipment
- Installing and testing electrical systems and their components
- Removing potential electrical hazards
- Read electrical, architectural and mechanical diagrams, drawings or specifications to determine job requirements
- Plan the layout of wiring systems
- Test for, locate and repair electrical malfunctions
- Install electrical and electronic control systems and insulated cables
- Install electrical equipment such as storage heaters, water heaters, electrical signs, switchboards and motors
- Install and connect lighting, switches, power outlets, conduits, cable trays, ladder racks, circuit breakers and emergency lighting
- Identify and assemble electrical and electronic components and appliances required for jobs
- Maintain automated production processes
- Install voice and data cabling
- Technically minded
- Good hand-eye coordination
- Good eyesight and normal colour vision
- Logical thinking and diagnostic ability
- Mechanical aptitude
- Precise and attention to detail
- Work independently or as part of a team
- Physically fit
- Good communication skills
- Accurate report writing & inventory detailing for invoicing
- Maintain high safety standards at all times
Complete a 4-year Australian Apprenticeship. Including successful completion of a Certificate III in Electrotechnology Electrician. Completion of Year 10 including Maths is required.
Universities and other educational institutions also run programs designed for want to be electricians. They include hands-on training and classroom-based learning to prepare graduates for work.
In order to work (regardless of your qualification / pathway) you’ll then need to qualify for an Electricians License by completing an LEA Assessment.
Automotive Electricians average $54,288 per year (Source: Joboutlook.gov.au)
General Electricians average $72,800 per year (Source: Joboutlook.gov.au)
Job growth in this area is moderate (source: Joboutlook.gov.au)