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Service or PersuadingPractical or MechanicalAnalytic or ScientificSkill Level 2Skill Level 3

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 & Territories, 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

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
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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.

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

MP3 Audio

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

 

 

Electrical Motor Winding Tradesperson

Practical or MechanicalSkill Level 3

An electrical motor winding tradesperson applies electrical knowledge to make, fit or repair electrical machines or appliances.  Working as an Electrical Machine Repair Tradesperson you would overhaul and repair motors, transformers and control gear including rewinding.FutureGrowthModerate

Alternative names: Electrical Machine Repair Tradesperson, Electric Motor and Switch Assemblers and Repairer


Knowledge, skills and attributes

  • Safety focused

  • Qualified Electrical Fitter/ Mechanic and must possess a current Electrical Workers’ Licence

  • Instrumentation and control system qualifications

  • Exposure to process control and PLC systems

  • Knowledge of both AC and DC motor control systems

  • Proven problem solving skills

  • Good communication skills, both written and verbal

  • Ability to work effectively in a team

 

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Duties and Tasks

  • Rewire electrical systems and repair or replace electrical accessories
  • Inspect electrical connections, wiring, relays, charging resistance boxes, and storage batteries, following wiring diagrams.
  • Balance Armature's, Rotor's, Weld or braze, solder electrical connections.
  • Weld, braze, or solder electrical connections
  • Retrieved data on and rebuilt windings of both form-wound and random-wound AC and DC stators as well as form coil armatures.
  • Inspect cores for defects and aligned laminations, using hammer and drift Wind new coils in armatures, starters and motors.
  • Perform rotor and armature run outs and measurement of bearing and seal fits to one ten thousandth of an inch.
  • Balance rotors and armatures on both AC and DC types.
  • Balance blowers, rotors, and armatures.
  • Rewinds coils on core while core is in slots, or makes replacement coils, using coil-winding machine.
  • Rewires electrical systems and repairs or replaces electrical accessories.
  • Installs, secures, and aligns parts, using hand tools, welding equipment, and electrical metres.
  • Replaces defective parts, such as coil leads, carbon brushes, and connecting wires, using soldering equipment.
  • Tests for overheating, using speed gauges and thermometers.
  • Reassembles repaired electric motors to specified requirements and ratings, using hand tools and electrical meters.
  • Records repairs required, parts used, and labour time.
  • Refaces, reams, and polishes commutators and machine parts to specified tolerances, using machine tools.
  • Cuts and forms insulation and inserts insulation into armature, rotor, or stator slots
  • Inspects parts for wear or damage, or reads work order or schematic drawings to determine required repairs.
  • Assembles electrical parts, such as alternators, generators, starting devices, and switches, following schematic drawings, using hand, machine, and power tools.
  • Tests charges and replaces batteries.
  • Adjusts working parts, such as fan belt tension, voltage output, contacts and springs, using hand tools, and verifies corrections, using gauges.
  • Cuts and removes parts, such as defective coils and insulation.
  • Measures velocity, horsepower, r.p.m., amperage, circuitry, and voltage of unit or parts, using electrical meters and mechanical testing devices.
  • Disassembles defective unit, using hand tools.
  • Lifts units or parts, such as motors or generators, using crane or chain hoist.
  • Scrapes and cleans units or parts, using cleaning solvent, and lubricates moving parts.File burrs from core slots, using hand file, portable power file, and scraper.
  • Repairs and rebuilds defective mechanical parts in electric motors, generators, and related equipment, using hand tools and power tools.

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Working conditions

These specialists work specifically at installing and repairing machinery and appliances in a range of worksites, from factories to commercial properties and domestic residences.

Tools and technologies

How to rewind an electric motor
https://youtu.be/Z5LHrD6OFS4

 

Education and training/entrance requirements

A motor rewinding apprenticeship usually takes up to four years to complete from TAFE. The first 18 months you will attend 12, one week blocks at TAFE. The following 18 months the training is at your place of employment, with skills, knowledge, assignments and assessments to complete. An assessor will visit you at times to assess your progression. The on the job component is assessed over the four years with the work performance section of the competencies with profiling.

This course teaches you the fundamentals of electricity as well as the legal requirements and knowledge relating to safe working practices in the motor rewinding industry. You will also learn about tools and regulations essential to the trade, and how to safely carry out your responsibilities to be able to maintain and repair electric motors and equipment.

 

 

Solar Panel Installer
  Houses & Buildings

Service or PersuadingPractical or MechanicalAnalytic or ScientificSkill Level 2Skill Level 3

Solar panel installers set up solar panels on roofs and structures on land, to convert solar power into renewable energy. Installers are also responsible for maintaining solar panels and ensuring the wiring systems safe and efficient.

Solar PV Installers assemble, install, or maintain solar photovoltaic (PV) systems on roofs or other structures in compliance with site assessment and schematics. May include measuring, cutting, assembling, and bolting structural framing and solar modules. May perform minor electrical work such as current checks. They also install photovoltaic (PV) systems in accordance with codes and standards, using drawings, schematics, and instructions. Future Growth Very Strong

Solar photovoltaic (PV) installers, also known as PV installers, assemble, install, and maintain solar panel systems on rooftops or other structures.Solar PV installers are key to the operations of solar panel installation and maintenance. They utilize a particular skill-set to maximize the effectiveness of both residential and commercial projects.

    
ANZSCO ID:
2333

Alternative names: Solar Photovoltaic Installer, Solar PV Installer, Solar Panel Technician, Solar Installer,

Specialisations:
Home Installer; Solar Panel Farm Installer; Building Solar Panel Installer

Knowledge, skills and attributes

  • Knowledge of electrical systems
  • Good maths skills
  • Design skills and understanding
  • Good attention to detail
  • Analytical thinking skills
  • Ability to work well with others
  • Ability to remain calm in stressful situations.

 

Solar Panel Installer
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Duties and Tasks

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One of the most important aspects of a solar installer's role is the design and planning of the project site. Before the project can start, a full review of the structure is conducted, including an audit of the current electrical system and development of any site-specific safety precautions. The project is then designed based on the shading and structural qualities of the site and the type of photovoltaic system being installed. After the design and specifications are finalized, the permits are obtained from the relevant local or state governments. If the installer does not do these preparations themselves, they must become familiar with the permits and arrangements before they begin working on it.

Once installation starts, essential safety equipment, such as a harness and anchor system, must be set up to protect the installer from falls. Sometimes, the roof will have to be reinforced to support the solar modules; this may involve upgrading materials, replacing rafters, or introducing backings to handle the weight of the modules. The markings must be made to show exactly where each module will be placed, and holes are drilled in the roof to attach the mounting framework. After the mounting is in place, the solar panels can be installed. Extreme caution is taken during installation because the modules are delicate, costly, and weigh about 18K each. Installers do not want to be on the hook for modules that need repair or substitution because of damage during the installation process.

 

Solar Installers' main tasks include installing solar systems, repair and maintenance of solar electrical systems, and estimating work requirements for quotes.

  • Assess locations to ensure they are suitable for solar panels
  • Measure up areas for installation
  • Make adjustments to building surfaces so panels fit and are adequately supported
  • Install and maintain solar panels on homes, business premises or open land
  • Install active solar systems, including solar collectors, concentrators, pumps, or fans.
  • Connect solar panels to an electrical system
  • Ground electrical equipment and check wiring
  • Adhere to strict health and safety guidelines
  • Perform maintenance checks and fix solar panels on modules, arrays, batteries, power conditioning equipment, safety systems, structural systems, weather sealing, or balance of systems equipment.
  • Determine appropriate sizes, ratings, and locations for all system overcurrent devices, disconnect devices, grounding equipment, and surge suppression equipment.
  • Use a variety of technical equipment and tools
  • Assemble solar modules, panels, or support structures, as specified.
  • Apply weather sealing to array, building, or support mechanisms.
  • Determine appropriate sizes, ratings, and locations for all system overcurrent devices, disconnect devices, grounding equipment, and surge suppression equipment.
  • Install module array interconnect wiring, implementing measures to disable arrays during installation.
  • Identify methods for laying out, orienting, and mounting modules or arrays to ensure efficient installation, electrical configuration, or system maintenance.
  • Identify electrical, environmental, and safety hazards associated with photovoltaic (PV) installations.
  • Demonstrate system functionality and performance, including start-up, shut-down, normal operation, and emergency or bypass operations.
  • Compile or maintain records of system operation, performance, and maintenance.

 

Solar Panel Installer at work
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Working Conditions

Solar panel technicians have a tough job. Mainly, they’re responsible for assembling, installing, and fixing solar panels on roofs. Their jobs are physically demanding. They have to lift and carry heavy things, and be able to climb buildings and other high places, so they can’t be afraid of heights. Solar panel technicians also need to be smart. Not only do they install solar panels, they also have to figure out how to do so without harming the structural integrity of buildings, and how to orient the panels so they get as much sunlight as possible. They also have to repair them when they’re damaged. On top of that, these technicians have to be aware of federal and local building codes that govern solar panels, so they are in compliance with the law.

Many new PV installers begin by performing basic tasks, such as installing support structures and placing PV panels or PV shingles on top of them. Once the panels are in place, more-experienced installers usually perform more-complex duties, such as connecting electrical components.

Depending on the job and state laws, PV installers may connect the solar panels to the electric grid, although electricians sometimes perform this duty. Once the panels are installed, workers check the electrical systems for proper wiring, polarity, and grounding, and they also perform maintenance as needed.

Because photovoltaic (PV) panels convert sunlight into electricity, most PV installation is done outdoors. Residential installers work on rooftops and in attics and crawl spaces to connect panels to the electric grid. PV installers who build solar farms work at ground level and need to build structures to hold the PV panel framework.

PV installers may work alone or as part of a team. Installation of solar panels may require the help of roofers and electricians, as well as solar photovoltaic installers.

They are in charge of safely attaching the modules to the roofs of houses or other buildings and guaranteeing that the entire systems works. Solar PV installers are expected to work with a variety of tools (both electronic and mechanical), have knowledge of electrical wiring, and possess basic math skills. At any given point, installers must be ready to be problem solvers, ready to repair damaged systems or replace malfunctioning components at the drop of a hat. Not surprisingly, safety is a top priority when installing solar panels because of the height of most projects and the high voltage that solar panels produce.

Solar PV installers can either be self-employed as general contractors or employed by solar panel installation companies. Self-employed installers typically have training and experience with installing a variety of solar power systems and are hired directly by the property owners or by a project development firm. Installation companies typically specialize in installing a certain type of module, and may also provide some maintenance and repair services. When a solar panel system is purchased, installers may provide the buyer with maintenance and repair work to complete themselves.

Tools and technologies

Solar PV panels convert sunlight to electricity, and PV installers put these systems in place. PV installers use a variety of hand and power tools to install PV panels. They often use drills, wrenches, saws, and screwdrivers to connect panels to frames, wires, and support structures

Education and training/entrance requirements

You can gain the qualifications you need by TAFE course and an apprenticeship. You may find work as an electrician’s mate, assistant,or trainee electrician. Your employer may support you to train to become fully qualified and then you can go on to gain further qualifications and specialise in solar panel installation.

Employment Opportunities

This is an emerging job and as such has great potential in Australia.

 

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