Are you a recent school graduate looking for a trade that’s guaranteed to provide you with a steady income, or maybe you work in an office all day and want a change of pace and scenery. Training to become an electrician could be your next calling card.
Even through the construction industry has continued to grow, with more homes and apartments being built, there is still a shortage of electricians. The National Skills Need List, which identifies trades that are suffering a national shortage, shows that several types of electrical workers, including general and special class electricians are still required.
There are currently 151,200 electricians working in Australia, with just over a third of those in Victoria. Over 90% of people will no doubt have called an electrician at least once in their lifetime. From television problems to the lights in your home playing up, working as a sparky appears to be a good trade.
How to Apply To Be A Licenced Electrician
To become an electrician and receive your licence, as well as enabling you to carry out all electrician installations without supervision, you must meet the following criteria.
- Complete the Licenced Electrician’s Assessment
- Successfully completed a four year contract as an electrician, with at least one years’ worth of electrical installation work
- Hold a Certificate III in Electro- technology
The job of a general electrician can vary, from wiring a new home, to repairing traffic lights when the power goes out. It is a job that requires you to be open minded and willing to go above and beyond to make sure that the job gets done to the best of your ability.
From fixing power lines to repairing satellite dishes on rooves, if you’re afraid of heights, this probably isn’t the job for you. If you are someone who loves a challenging and enjoys working in different surroundings, this could be the calling card you’ve been looking for.
Jobs of an Electrician Include
- Inside Wiring (Television & Appliance Issues)
- Outside wiring ( Telephone & Power Lines)
- Install Electrical systems
- Trouble Shooting Wiring Problems
- Installation & Repair Of Lights
- Power Outages
- Wiring For New Premises
From fixing a switchboard in the city, to working on a 20 storey apartment complex in the eastern suburbs, no day is the same. General electricians can work in a range of different sectors, from manufacturing, energy, construction and more. Electricians are given the opportunity to travel from place to place, and if they’re lucky, will work in the area they enjoy the most.
So if you have a passion for repairing electrical problems, or installing wires, you should think about becoming an electrician.