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How to become an Electrician

Electricians are responsible for installing, repairing, and maintaining electrical systems in a variety of settings, including domestic, commercial, and industrial. Electricians can work in a huge number of environments depending on their specialisation. Because you will be working with live electricity, knowledge of safety procedures and equipment is essential.

If you like to be physically and mentally stimulated, want a job with lots of variety, and don’t mind working on your feet, becoming an Electrician could be ideal.


About you:


  • Great problem solver
  • Safety-conscious
  • Excellent communicator
  • Good with your hands
  • Can work in teams and independently
  • Great with technology
  • Critical thinker
  • Mathematically minded


The job:


  • Installing and repairing electrical systems
  • Examining blueprints and wiring diagrams
  • Selecting and cutting appropriate wiring
  • Testing existing systems and devices to find faults
  • Replacing faulty and unsafe parts
  • Connecting systems and devices to power supply
  • Positioning and installing switchboards
  • Performing general maintenance and repairs


Lifestyle Impact: Low


  • Part Time opportunities: Very low – only around 10% of Electricians work part-time (source: labourmarketinsights.gov.au).
  • Average hours for full-time workers: 45 hours a week, which is just above average (source: labourmarketinsights.gov.au).
  • Electricians’ salary (average) $85,000* per year (source: seek.com.au). *Salaries vary depending on your skills and experience.
  • Future career growth: Strong (source: labourmarketinsights.gov.au).
  • You will be doing work in a variety of environments, both indoors and outdoors.
  • Depending on the kind of business you work for, you might have to work on weekends, holidays, and even early mornings and late nights if you need to respond to urgent call-outs.


Electricians are most in demand in these locations:


This is a very large occupation, with around 169,000 people working as Electricians in Australia in 2020 (source: labourmarketinsights.gov.au). Demand for Electricians is spread evenly across Australia, with a higher-than-average demand in Western Australia and Queensland. Most Electricians work in the Construction industry.


How to become an Electrician in Australia


You will need to complete a relevant VET qualification in order to work as an Electrician in Australia. This is usually done as an apprenticeship.


Step 1 – Complete Year 10 with a focus on English and Maths.


Step 2 – Find a business willing to take you on as an apprentice, and complete your Certificate III in Electrotechnology Electrician.


Step 3 – Before you can legally work as an Electrician, you will need to obtain licensing and permits. This can vary from state to state.


Step 4 – Start working as a qualified Electrician and continue to build your skills and knowledge.


Step 5 – Once you have lots of experience, consider starting your own business and employing others.


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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)


What do Electricians do?


Electricians install, repair and maintain a wide variety of electrical systems and devices in many different settings and industries.


Which industries employ Electricians?


Electricians are mostly employed in the Construction industry.


What options are there for career progression?


You will start out as an apprentice, before becoming a fully qualified Electrician. With lots of experience and knowledge, you might like to start your own business. There are also lots of specialisations you can look into.


Do I need to go to university to become an Electrician?


No, you do not need to go to university to become an Electrician in Australia. However, you will need to complete a VET qualification, usually through an apprenticeship, plus obtain other relevant licensing.


Where do Electricians work?


There is demand for Electricians across all of Australia, particularly in Western Australia and Queensland.


What are 3 things I can do right now to help me become an Electrician?


If you’re in high school and you’d like to find out if a career as an Electrician is right for you, here’s a few things you could do right now:

  1. Consider doing an electrical pre-apprenticeship while at school. This can help you start building necessary skills and knowledge, as well as giving you a head-start with your future qualification.
  2. See if you can find work experience with a local business. This will help you see if you might enjoy the work, and can help you start building important contacts for the future.
  3. Talk to an Electrician to see what a day in their life is like. If you don’t know anyone, see if you can watch videos or documentaries about a career in construction or as an Electrician.

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