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Electrotechnology

This is an industry that is mostly trained through Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualifications and Australian Apprenticeships. These qualifications can lead to further study through the VET sector or university.

The Electrotechnology sector and the Electrical Services Industry predominately consist of small businesses.

Your skills will be in demand across different industry sectors and you could be working in maintenance, design, electrical wiring or fittings in construction projects, renewables, communication and domestic and commercial refrigeration and air-conditioning.

What does this industry cover?

Workers in this sector can work across a number of industries including manufacturing, communications, mining, construction, renewables, domestic and commercial refrigeration and air-conditioning.

The development of packaged home automation systems is changing consumer’s behaviour, allowing them to use smart devices to communicate with each other and monitor and adjust their electricity usage. This increased use of technology is creating opportunities and changes in the Electrotechnology Industry.

Renewable technology and clean energy are being promoted by government. Projects across the country include the usage of batteries and pumped-hydro to store energy, wind generation, and solar heating and cooling and the phasing out of hydrofluorocarbons to reduce carbon emissions.

Some qualifications that are undertaken by Australian Apprentices in this sector can lead to an occupation that is listed on the National Skills Needs List, and may lead to additional incentives and personal benefits.

Job hunting information

The workforce needs to be properly resourced and skilled to meet the demands of new technologies, automation and increased focus on renewable energy. Some skills that are now in demand are: digital literacy, cybersecurity and data analytics so you can meaningfully interpret data. Good literacy and numeracy skills are also very important in this industry.

Pre-apprenticeships are common in the Electrotechnology industry, and many employers want potential apprentices to do one. This is particularly true for potential Electrician Apprentices.

The benefits of doing a pre-apprenticeship are:

  • Making sure you have the required language, literacy and numeracy standards
  • Understanding what the sector is about
  • Getting some basic skills you will use when starting an apprenticeship.

You could do a pre-apprenticeship while at school, and look at taking STEM subjects to increase your chances of employment.

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Information for further research

Industry information is published by peak level associations, government and major employers.  Accessing industry association sites, including member lists, is a good way of building up an understanding of an industry.  Visiting employer websites and looking for careers or employment menus helps identify how employers recruit and the skills they are recruiting.

Industry Organisations

  • National Electrical & Communications Association
  • Master Electricians Australia
  • Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Contractors Association
  • Institute of Instrumentation Control and Automation Australia

Government Regulators

  • Electrical Regulatory Authorities
  • Safe Work Australia

Employment and wage data for this industry

Apprenticeships Employment Size

This is a large industry for Australian Apprenticeship commencements. In the year to Sepember 2018, commencements were: 12 531

Source: VOCSTATS, extracted on 28/03/2019AATIS analysis.

Commencements Change

Commencements in the year to September 2018 in this industry have increased, compared with the previous year.

Source: VOCSTATS, extracted on 28/03/2019AATIS analysis.

Apprentice Employment Outcomes

For Australian Apprentice graduates from this industry, employment outcomes are high.

Source: NCVER National Student Outcomes Survey, 2017, unpublished. AATIS analysis.

Industry Employment Size

This is a medium sized industry compared with other Australian industries.

Source: Department of Jobs and Small Business, 2018. AATIS analysis.

Industry Employment Change

Over the past 5 years, change in employment in this industry has remained stable.

Source: Department of Jobs and Small Business, 2018. AATIS analysis.

Industry Wage

The average wage of all employees in this industry is medium to high.

Source: Department of Jobs and Small Business, 2018. AATIS analysis.

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