Technicians and trade workers perform a variety of skilled tasks, applying broad or in-depth technical, trade or industry specific knowledge, often in support of scientific, engineering, building and manufacturing activities. (Source: ABS)
The Electrical Services sector includes the installation, servicing, repair and maintenance of electrical and electronic equipment for industrial, commercial and domestic purposes. Electronics Trades Workers are employed throughout a wide range of industries with the largest proportion working in Repairs and Maintenance followed by Construction Services. Nearly half of Telecommunications Trades Workers are employed in the Telecommunication Services industry and over 10% work in Construction Services (National Industry Insights, 2020).
Average weekly earnings: $1,348 per week
Mode of work: Most work full-time (81%)
Hours per week: full-time workers spend around 43 hours/ week at work.
Age: the average age is 39 years
Gender: 6% workers are female
Workers usually need a certificate III in engineering mechanical trade or similar. These courses are often completed as part of an apprenticeship.
Studies in electronics and communications will teach you how to solve circuit problems, repair electronic apparatuses, troubleshoot power supplies and amplifiers, assemble electronic components and much more.
Most institutions require completion of Australian Year 11 or 12 (or equivalent), as well as a minimum IELTS score of 5.5 with no band score less than 5.
A 2-year packaged technical course costs between $14,000 and $18,000 per year, depending on the institution.