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How to become an electrician in Australia: careers in the electrical industry

Electricians are highly skilled tradespeople who work with electrical systems and networks in domestic, commercial and industrial settings. They provide a range of services including installing electrical switchboards, cables and wiring and diagnosing and repairing electrical malfunctions. This is a potentially hazardous job, and electricians must ensure they comply to work health and safety regulations. Qualified electricians need to complete an apprenticeship or traineeship. There could be additional requirements by employers for complex roles.
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Being an electrician: daily duties

The daily duties of an electrician will vary depending on their chosen specialisation. However, common duties include installing, testing and repairing electrical systems and their components. Electricians wire electrical systems, such as light fixtures. They also diagnose and repair electrical faults. They use a range of power and hand tools such as drills, wire strippers and saws, as well as specialist diagnostic equipment.

Tasks:

  • Maintain and repair electrical appliances
  • Work from blueprints
  • Install electrical systems
  • Remove potential electrical hazards
  • Use power and hand tools
Skills

Being an electrician: skills for success

Electricians work in a highly technical, hands-on role. They need to have great problem solving and analytical skills, and the ability to think logically. Because of the potentially dangerous nature of this work, electricians should be safety minded with a strong attention to detail and the ability to manage risk. The ability to work independently but also communicating well with others is necessary, as is the ability to be able to read, interpret and follow electrical diagrams closely.
Skills/attributes
  • Able to cope with physically demanding work
  • Good eyesight
  • Methodical and cautious
  • Detail oriented
  • A troubleshooter
Specs

Specialised roles within the electrical industry

Electricians work in a range of settings performing a variety of different tasks. There are a range of specialties to pursue depending on proficiencies and the type of working environment preferred.
  • Electrical motor winding tradesperson
    These specialists work specifically at installing and repairing machinery and appliances in a range of worksites, from factories to commercial properties and domestic residences.
  • Electronics and communications technician
    Electronic and communications technicians identify malfunctions and carry out repairs to telecommunication, audiovisual, broadcast and medical equipment.
  • Electronics technician in the army
    Working for the Australian Army, these electronics technicians specialise in the service and repair of military equipment. They can complete their training with the military before pursuing an army-specific specialisation.
Pathways

Educational pathways for electricians

In Australia, electricians are required to complete a traineeship or apprenticeship and then must apply for an electrical licence to work unsupervised.
  • Start your career
    Get on the right path to success in the electrical trade with one of these courses.
  • Strengthen your skills
    These targeted study options will give you practical and theoretical industry skills.
  • Build your resume
    Find a course that focuses on skill building and puts you ahead in the electrical industry.
  • Industry requirements
    Following the completion of your studies, you will need to apply to your state or territory for an electrical licence.
  • Finding Work
    Put your training to good use and get the best professional head start in your electrical industry career. Emphasise your personal strengths and achievements in your resume and target your cover letter to the job description listed.
  • Employment Prospects
    There is expected to be a high volume of job opportunities for qualified electricians in Australia over the next five years.

Resources for electricians

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