Study Electronics & Communications

Career Outcomes

Electronic Equipment Trades Worker (342313): currently on the Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL).

Industry Overview

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).

Insights

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

(Source: Joboutlook.gov.au)

Qualification Needed

Workers usually need a certificate III in engineering mechanical trade or similar. These courses are often completed as part of an apprenticeship.

Course Overview 

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.

Course Requirements

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.

Costs

A 2-year packaged technical course costs between $14,000 and $18,000 per year, depending on the institution.

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