SWITCHING ON TO A CAREER WITH VERY BRIGHT FUTURE
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.
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.
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.