As a electrician, you install, test, connect, commission, maintain and modify electrical equipment, wiring and control systems.

You can specialise in lift mechanics, which involves electric and hydraulic lifts, escalators and moving walkways. Or you can specialise in air-conditioning and refrigeration mechanics, which involves all types of systems in industrial, commercial and residential settings. 



  • Indoor and outdoor work
  • Earn while you learn 

A typical day may involve:

  • examining blueprints, wiring diagrams and specifications to determine sequence and methods of operation
  • measuring and laying out insulation reference points
  • selecting, cutting and connecting wire and cable to terminals and connectors
  • using electrical and electronic test instruments to trace and diagnose faults
  • repairing and replacing faulty wiring and defective parts
  • positioning and installing electrical switchboards
  • connecting electrical systems to power supply
  • testing continuity of circuit

It helps to be good at:

  • Physical tasks 
  • Using tools 
  • Working at heights 
  • Communicating clearly 
  • Customer service 
  • Solving problems 

Qualifications/pathway options:

  • Cert III in Electrotechnology Electrician
  • Cert IV in Electrical – Lift Systems
  • Cert III Air Conditioning and Refrigeration
  • Apprenticeship 

You may be able to work in:

  • Construction 
  • Manufacturing 
  • Mining 
  • Infrastructure services 
  • Home improvement 

Related Roles 

  • Electrical lineswork 

  • Electrical engineering draftsperson  

  • Electrical engineering technician 


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