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How do I become an Electrician?

Are you thinking about the next step in your career and like working with your hands, working independently and have an aptitude for problem solving? If this sounds like you, an Australian Apprenticeship in Electrotechnology might be the perfect step for your career.

What is an Electrician?

Electricians are important professionals in Australia as well as in other countries around the world. Their job is to install and repair systems of wiring and other electrical equipment used on both commercial and residential sites. Electricians work on computer networks, circuits, and other important areas that deliver or use electricity. There are many different career pathways for electricians and the day-to-day can tasks vary depending on their chosen specialisation.

In order to legally work as a Electrician in Australia, you may be subject to strict licencing requirements in your state or territory​. It's a good idea to familiarise yourself with these requirements before you start your apprenticeship.

Is a career in Electrotechnology right for me?

Is a career in Electrotechnology right for me?

Before committing to an apprenticeship, it's important to do your research to find out if Electrotechnology is suited to you. As well as educational prerequisites, there a few personal qualities that will help you determine if a career in Electrotechnology is the job for you:

- Good communication skills
- Able to work under pressure
- Good hand-eye coordination
- Mathematical Aptitude
- Attention to detail

How do I find a job as a Electrician?

If you are wondering how to start an apprenticeship, the first step is to find an employer who will have an open position for you. There are many different ways to find an apprenticeship, starting from job search sites online to door-knocking, or via Group Training Organisations. To get started, have a look at these job search sites and look for any open positions that may be advertised.

It is also advised to network with others in the industry and connect with employers. Watch Ryan who is an apprentice Electrician, share how he found an apprenticeship position in this video. Watch him talk about his apprenticeship journey while studying a Certificate III in Electrotechnology Electrician.

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What can I expect to be doing as an Electrical apprentice?

 An Electrical apprenticeship takes 4 years to complete and includes a range of on-the-job and off-the-job training. Over the course of the apprenticeship, you will learn about different aspects of the job. This will help you build the necessary skills and knowledge to operate independently in the future.

Through on-the-job and off-the-job training, you will learn to:

  • Measure and lay out installation reference points
  • Select, cut and connect wire and cable to terminals and connectors
  • Use electrical and electronic test instruments to trace and diagnose faults
  • Repair and replace faulty wiring and defective parts
  • Position and install electrical switchboards

During your apprenticeship, you may be trained and assessed in the following:

  • Participate in electrical work and competency development activities
  • Apply Occupational Health Safety regulations, codes and practices in the workplace 
  • Fabricate, dismantle, assemble of utilities industry components
  • Solve problems in d.c. circuits
  • Fix and secure electrotechnology equipment
  • Use drawings, diagrams, schedules, standards, codes and specifications 
  • Document and apply measures to control OHS risks associated with electrotechnology work 
  • Solve problems in single and three phase low voltage machines
  • Solve problems in single and three phase low voltage electrical apparatus and circuits 
  • Arrange circuits, control and protection for general electrical installations 
  • Solve problems in electromagnetic devices and related circuits 
  • Solve problems in low voltage a.c. circuits 
  • Install low voltage wiring and accessories 
  • Install appliances, switchgear and associated accessories for low voltage electrical installations
  • Verify compliance and functionality of low voltage general electrical installations 
  • Terminate cables, cords and accessories for low voltage circuits
  • Select wiring systems and cables for low voltage general electrical installations
  • Trouble-shoot and repair faults in low voltage electrical apparatus and circuits 
  • Develop and connect electrical control circuits
  • Apply environmental and sustainable procedures in the energy sector


Profiling is the record of the on-the-job experience you have gained during your apprenticeship. Profiling is completed by the apprentice, via an online portal. Profiling is not a stand-alone assessment tool, but is part of the overall assessment process. It provides an essential part of your assessment for an Electrical Licence.

What are my career outcomes?

What are my career outcomes?

There are endless opportunities and career pathways once you complete your apprenticeship. As well as owning your own business, an Electrician may choose to specialise in:

- Instrumentation
- Electrical Engineering
- Project Management
- Electrical Trade Teacher