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Electrician

A trade-based career requiring a high level of skill and safety.

What's it like to be an Electrician?

Electricians work with electrical systems and networks in domestic, commercial and industrial settings.

Electrician

Tasks and duties

  • Maintaining and repairing electrical appliances.
  • Installing and testing electrical systems and their components.
  • Removing potential electrical hazards.
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Electricians are skilled in performing a range of services safely, including: installing and electrical switchboards, cables and wiring, and diagnosing and repairing electrical malfunctions. The may also perform maintenance on existing electrical systems. The day-to-day tasks of electricians vary depending on their chosen specialisation.

What can I earn as an Electrician?

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The most common annual salary in AUS for an Electrician is between $65k and $75k
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How to become an Electrician


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To become an Electrician you’re required to complete a traineeship or apprenticeship, then apply for an electrical licence to work unsupervised.

  1. Enrol in a Certificate II in Electrotechnology (UEE22011). This is a good way to get a sense if being an electrician is a career path you want to pursue further.
  2. Apply for an electrical apprenticeship. An apprenticeship is usually four years, and will include some structured training through a registered training organisation to complete a Certificate III in Electrotechnology Electrician (UEE30811).
  3. Apply for an Electrician’s Licence. As licensing and registration requirements may vary between states, you should check with the licensing body in your state.

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SEEK users who have worked as an Electrician have studied these qualifications.

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Diploma of Electrical Engineering

In this diploma you will learn to develop, maintain and diagnose faults on advanced electrical equipment and systems.

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Certificate II in Electrotechnology

This certificate provides you with the basic knowledge and safety skills needed to a build a foundation for work in any electrotechnology discipline.

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Certificate III in Electrotechnology Electrician

This certificate gives you the skills to maintain and repair electrical systems. It also includes the requirements for an Electrician's licence.

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How do Electricians rate their role?

Latest reviews from 19 Electricians surveyed on SEEK

Work-life balance
3.9
Job satisfaction
3.7
Career progression opportunities
3.7
Job security
3.7
Pay / Salary
4.1
Variety of work
3.7

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Nov 2018
Supervising electricians and jobs is challenging at ti.es but satisfying when end results are achieved
Reviewer's Qualification
Certificate III in Electrotechnology
Experience
1 – 4 years
Organisation size
Medium (20-199 employees)
Specialisation
HV construction
The good things
Joining a team of people striving to deliver any job safely and effectively.
The challenges
Different personalities and knowledge base whilst understanding the scope of the job
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Jun 2018
Electrician role meaning you fix everything no matter what and teach yourself
Reviewer's Qualification
Certificate 3 electrician
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
Service
The good things
Work van, paid fuel and tolls, salary great, variety of different equipment and faults occurring, different every time.
The challenges
Figure everything out yourself with no training and can be catering and mechanical repairs
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What are the job opportunities for Electricians?

Find out how the job market is trending

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Job opportunities

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Projected job growthAlert

National increase over next 5 years *
4.9%
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Source: LMIP. Electricians

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