How to become an electrician

how to become a electrician

How to become an electrician

What is an electrician?

An electrician is a tradesman who works in homes, commercial buildings and transport vehicles to test, repair and install new wiring, circuit boards and other electronics. This can mean telephone, internet and security wiring or even analysing and testing robotic equipment.

What does an electrician do?

Electricians work across almost all industries to install new wiring in homes, offices and in new buildings and to repair wiring in existing structures and machinery. Blueprints are often supplied to electricians and they are required to follow all of the outlines and instructions when repairing or installing new wiring and circuit boards.

Problem-solving is also a large part of being an electrician. Locating issues with wiring and finding ways to repair or mitigate these issues is a frequent duty. All wiring and electronic work must follow all regulations and guidelines indefinitely as to ensure safety at all times.

Its common for electricians to install home appliances like ceilings fans, ovens, lighting and more. In an industrial setting, elections install power outlets, run wiring throughout warehouses and install lighting. Vehicular duties often involve troubleshooting and circuit board analysis and repair.

Task Outline

Read blueprints and follow wiring instructions

Manage lighting requirements

Follow regulations at all times

Test, repair and replace wiring and circuit boards

Troubleshoot issues

What are the educational requirements?

Although degrees aren’t required for electricians, a license is. In order to obtain a license to be a certified electrician, you’ll need to undertake a 4-year long apprenticeship with an employer who is certified to train you.

In order to make the certification process easier, it is recommended that high school students undertake classes that are relevant to the electrical fields, like physics, mathematics and chemistry. Enrolling in an associate or certificate degree will also help you with understanding the requirements of an electrician and leave you with a certification.

Your requirements for becoming a licensed electrician are: completing a 4-year apprenticeship, obtain a Certificate III in Electrotechnology and pass a Licensed Electricians Assessment test.

Skills Required

Have great eyesight

Be precise and detail focused

Be able to deal with physical work

Be able to locate issues

Deal with analytical issues

Courses recommended include:

Certificate III in Electrotechnology

Certificate IV in Electrical

Certificate IV in Instrumentation and Control

Diploma of Electrical Engineering

Employment and outlook

Following your completion and certification to be a licensed electrician you can then either work for yourself as an independent electrician or work for a business. As demand for licensed electricians in Australia has never been higher, finding a job placement or your own clients shouldn’t be too difficult.

There are a number of electrical industry connections and organisations who connect sole traders and businesses with clients across the nation and partnering with one of these organisations would assist in your career advancement.

In Australia, the average annual salary for an electrician exceeds $66,000 and can reach $100,000 depending on seniority and levels of experience.

Career Outcomes Include

Electrical engineer

Control systems engineer

Electrical design engineer

Start Your Career

To begin your career as an electrician you should have a strong background or interest in mathematics and problem-solving. You’ll need to undertake a 4-year apprenticeship to form the base of your requirements to be a certified electrician and then sit a test to determine whether you are qualified enough to be a licensed electrician.

There are a number of additional add-on courses and degrees that can allow you to advance your knowledge in electrical and boost your employability and put you on track to becoming an electrical engineer or design engineer with a higher pay packet and more job prospects.

You can find more industry relevant information in the links below.

National Electrical and Communications Association

E-Oz Energy Skills Australia

Minerals Council of Australia


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