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Electricians install, maintain, repair, test and commission electrical and electronic equipment and systems for industrial, commercial and domestic purposes. FutureGrowthModerate

Electricians may also work on electrical transmission and distribution equipment.

They use wires and cables to connect electrical equipment, such as heaters or lighting, to electrical power sources. They also test electrical connections to ensure they are not faulty and install surge protectors. As electrical work is required all over the States, electricians can work anywhere from the metro area, to small rural towns.


ANZSCO ID & description: 34111: Installs, tests, connects, commissions, maintains and modifies electrical equipment, wiring and control systems. Registration or licensing is required.

Alternative names: Electrical Fitter

Specialisations: Armature Winder, Electrical Contractor, Electrician (Special Class), Heavy Coil Winder, Lift Mechanic, Railway Signal Electrician, Street Light Repairer

Electrical Motor Winding Tradesperson
An electrical motor winding tradesperson applies electrical knowledge to make, fit or repair electrical machines or appliances.
 

Knowledge, skills and attributes

Electricians need:

  • to enjoy mathematical and technical work
  • good vision [including normal colour vision] and hand-eye coordination
  • accuracy, with a keen eye for detail
  • logical thinking and diagnostic ability
  • aptitude for mechanics and electronics
  • able to do precise and detailed work
  • good physical fitness
  • to be safety conscious
  • good communication skills
  • to be able to work independently and in a team.

How to become an electrician
(Source: Career FAQs)

Duties and Tasks

Electricians work in a very wide range areas, from installing power in homes and offices, to major engineering projects. They also work with renewable technology, such as wind turbines, 'smart' heating systems and photovoltaic systems that produce solar power.

As an electrician, you would install, inspect and test equipment, make sure that electrotechnical systems work, and find and fix faults. Electrotechnical careers are divided into different areas:

  • installing electrical systems, lighting, fire protection, security and data-network systems in all types of buildings
  • maintaining systems to make sure that they are working efficiently and safely
  • building and installing control panels that operate the electrical systems inside buildings
  • repairing and maintaining electrical motors and other machinery like transformers
  • installing and maintaining street lighting and traffic management systems.



Electricians may perform the following tasks:

  • 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
  • assemble and fabricate electrical and electronic components and appliances
  • connect electrical equipment to power supplies
  • connect switches, outlets and other fittings
  • connect circuit breakers
  • maintain automated production processes.

 

Did You Know?
  • In 1747, Benjamin Franklin in America and William Watson in England independently realised that all material had some type of "electric" nature
      
  • Thomas Edison used his DC (direct current) generator to provide electricity to light his laboratory and later to illuminate the first New York street to be lit by electric lamps, in September 1882.
     
  • The unit of electrical charge is named after the French physicist Charles A. de Coulomb 
     
  • Electricity is a necessity for modern civilisation. The understanding of electricity has led to the invention of motors, generators, telephones, radio and television, X-ray devices, computers, and nuclear energy systems.
      
  • An electrician has to have normal colour vision ie. not have red/green colour blindness, as electrical wiring is colour coded.

 

Working Conditions

Electricians may work in workshops or on location at construction sites, private dwellings, industrial plants, power stations, offices and anywhere requiring electrical maintenance. They may work in cramped conditions or at heights, and sometimes their work can be dangerous. They usually work normal business hours but may be required to be on call day or night to conduct emergency repairs.

They may have a considerable amount of contact with the public, work in confined spaces and have to stand for long periods. They may also be required to work at heights on masts, towers and roofs.

Electricians could work in all kinds of buildings, including homes, offices, shops and sports stadiums. Electricians may also supervise other people in a team.

Electricians must be aware of safety regulations and must wear and use supplied protective equipment to minimise risks.

Tools and technologies

Electricians use tools such as screwdrivers, pliers, drills and wire strippers. They also use ohmmeters or voltmeters for testing electrical equipment. Since the work can sometimes be dangerous, they may be required to wear and use personal protective equipment (PPE) such as bright and reflective safety clothing, hard hats, earmuffs, gloves, goggles and enclosed steel-capped boots.

Education and training/entrance requirements

To become an electrician you usually have to complete an apprenticeship or traineeship in Electrotechnology Electrician, Electrotechnology - Systems Electrician or Engineering - Electrical/Electronic Trade. Entry requirements may vary, but employers generally require junior secondary school certificate or equivalent and some may prefer senior secondary school certificate or equivalent. The electrical mechanics apprenticeship usually takes 48 months to complete and is available as a school-based apprenticeship.

To work as an electrician in Australia, you must obtain an Electrician’s License.

After completing your apprenticeship or traineeship, you can apply for an electrical licence in order to carry out unsupervised work.

Electrician - green jobs
Many electricians are now involved with installing and testing of solar energy panels!

Employment Opportunities

Employment of electricians is projected to grow faster than the average for all occupations.

As homes and businesses require more wiring, electricians will be needed to install the necessary components. Overall growth of the construction industry and the need to maintain older industrial equipment will require more electricians.

Alternative power generation, such as solar and wind, is an emerging field that should require more electricians for installation. Increasingly, electricians will be needed to link these alternative power sources to homes and power grids over the coming decade. Employment growth stemming from these sources, however, will largely be dependent on government policy.

 

A must listen....

ABC's Jobspeaker - 22 September 2021
Tall heights and pesky cockatoos: being a street light repairer is not for the faint-hearted

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Street Light Repairer

Managing Canberra's street lighting can be a challenge, especially when the light bulbs are located up a pole 12 metres high.

One electrician may be able to fix between five to 10 lights a day but it's an ongoing battle against destructive cockatoos.

Joseph Giland, street light repairer and electrician with Omexom, spoke to Adam Shirley [ABC's Presenter ] for this week's JobSpeaker segment [ 22 September 2021]

 

 

Another different Electrician Job - a Railway Signal Electrician

ARTC is on the lookout for qualified Rail Signal Electricians
https://youtu.be/zP2p5VIz7ho

 

 

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