SWITCH­ING ON TO A CA­REER WITH VERY BRIGHT FU­TURE

The Weekend Post - - Business -

ED­U­CA­TION

In Aus­tralia, elec­tri­cians are re­quired to com­plete a trainee­ship or ap­pren­tice­ship and then must ap­ply for an elec­tri­cal li­cence to work un­su­per­vised. Reg­is­tered train­ing or­gan­i­sa­tions of­fer the course­work part of the ap­pren­tice­ship and a busi­ness will of­fer the prac­ti­cal side. Elec­tri­cians are in high de­mand and are also very im­por­tant on new con­struc­tion projects and when com­pa­nies have to move their op­er­a­tion to a new of­fice.

MORE TRAIN­ING

The ex­act na­ture of the jobs an elec­tri­cian will do varies de­pend­ing on where and when they’re work­ing and some elec­tri­cians choose to spe­cialise in one area. This knowl­edge is gained through sig­nif­i­cant work ex­pe­ri­ence in the in­dus­try or field but some­times cour­ses may be avail­able to as­sist in knowl­edge build­ing. As many elec­tri­cians are self-em­ployed or run their own busi­ness, ad­min­is­tra­tive abil­ity is also im­por­tant.

PAY SCALE

Elec­tri­cians can earn between $45,000 and $98,000 de­pend­ing on what stage of their ca­reer they have reached. Spe­cial­i­sa­tion in an area or in­dus­try could mean salaries are far higher, how­ever.

WHO TO CON­TACT

Con­sider con­tact­ing a lo­cal elec­tri­cian for ad­vice or work op­por­tu­ni­ties; the lo­cal TAFE or univer­sity or check out the Mas­ter Elec­tri­cians As­so­ci­a­tion web­site at www.mas­ter­elec­tri­cians.com.au

IN DE­MAND: New Er­gon En­ergy Cairns ap­pren­tices Ashlee Herrmann and Jamie Ziegler with En­ergy Queens­land CEO David Smales.

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