Electricians install, maintain and repair electrical wiring systems and electric heating and lighting in houses, factories, shops, substations and other premises.

Electricians are independent contractors working for themselves, or are employed by electrical and data contractors.

Electricians may perform tasks including:

  • reading wiring diagrams to plan layout of wiring systems;
  • installing insulated cables and connecting supplies, outlets and other fittings using hand or power tools;
  • connecting systems to power supplies;
  • connecting ends of installed cables to circuit breakers, transformers, motors, heaters
    and other electrical equipment to complete circuits; and
  • installing electrical equipment such as storage heaters, water heaters, electric signs, switchboards, motors and other electrical equipment.

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Personal Requirements

  • manual dexterity
  • normal colour vision
  • diagnostic ability

Education and Training

Entry to this occupation is by way of an apprenticeship or contract of training. Although no minimum educational standard is required for entry into this apprenticeship, most people entering this trade have undertaken Year 11 or higher. It is necessary to undertake and pass licensing examinations in order to be issued with an Electrical Mechanics Licence.

  • Certificate III in Electrical - Electrician


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