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Electrotechnology

Overview

The industry covers the installation and maintenance of basic electrical circuitry on buildings and industrial equipment, and the installation of electric lights, power facilities and instrumentation.

What does this industry cover?

  • Electronics
  • Air-conditioning & refrigeration
  • Electronics         
  • Electrical             
  • Instrumentation   
  • Renewable energy         
  • Communications
  • Computer systems        
  • Lifts       
  • Fire equipment & security
  • Photovoltaic systems
  • Renewable energy management
  • Gaming               
  • Rail signals

Industry Information

The Electrical and Electronic industry is made of many small businesses such as electrical contractors as well as medium sized firms. 49% of businesses employ 2 to 5 people, with only 5% employing 26 people or more.  At least 45% of the businesses are in regional Australia.

In 2015 the industry employed approximately over 304,000 people including:

  • 165,000 Electricians
  • 85,000 Electronics and Telecommunications Trades Workers
  • 24,300 Air-conditioning and Refrigeration Mechanics
  • 30,000 Electronics Trades Workers

Apprenticeship and Traineeship commencements are very good in this industry.

Employment and wage data for this industry

Commencements Change

The change in Australian Apprenticeships commencements in this industry in the past two years. Commencements in 2017: 11 344

Source: VOCSTATS, extracted on 19/07/2018. AATIS analysis.

Graduate Employment

Australian Apprentice graduates from this industry in employment (in any industry).

Source: NCVER National Student Outcomes Survey, 2017, unpublished .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

Graduate Wage

Average wage of Australian Apprentice graduates from this industry employed full-time after training.

Source: NCVER National Student Outcomes Survey, 2017, unpublished.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

Industry Growth

Growth in employment in this industry in the past 5 years.

Source: Department of Jobs and Small Business, 2017. AATIS analysis.

Industry Size

The number of employees in this industry compared with other Australian industries.

Source: Department of Jobs and Small Business, 2017. AATIS analysis.

Industry Wage

Average wage of all employees in this industry.

Source: Department of Jobs and Small Business, 2017. AATIS analysis.

Key Occupations

General Electrician

Electricians - Lifts

Electronics and Communications Tradeperson

Electrician - Cabling

Air - Conditioning and Refridgeration Mechanic/Fitter

This industry is positioned in the following groups

Industry

Electrical, Electronics & Utilities

Work Type

Practical & Manual

Analytic & Scientific 

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Career Pathways

Electrotechnology has career pathways from Certificate II through to Diploma. Look at the Job Pathway Chart to see what is of interest.

Job Pathway Chart

Practice Aptitude Quiz

This resource illustrates the maths and literacy needed to complete the entry level training in this sector.

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Further Research

Information

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.

Use Google to search for the associations and organisations listed below.

Industry 

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

Government Regulations

  • Electrical Regulatory Authorities
  • Safe Work Australia

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