Careers

There are 10 classes of electrical registration, offering different work requirements and opportunities.

Careers in the electrical trade

Electrician

Electrical Service Technician

Electrical Appliance Service Person, Electrical Appliance Service Person (endorsed to disconnect and connect)

Line Mechanic

  • Work ranges from installing high voltage transmission lines to repairing the overhead or underground power lines to restore power after big storms
  • Training can take up to three years and is coordinated by ESITO (external link)

Electrical Installer

  • Work ranges from installing security systems to installing air-conditioning units or renewable energy systems
  • Training can take two to three years and can be coordinated by The Skills Organisation (external link)

Cable Jointer

  • Work involves installing and joining high voltage power lines
  • Training can take up to three years and is coordinated by ESITO (external link)

Electrical Engineer

  • Work ranges from designing the electrical wiring of a building to doing the work of an electrician
  • Training can take over four years and combines work experience as well as completing an Electrical Engineering degree

Electrical Inspector

  • Work ranges from inspecting the work done by electricians to doing the work of an electrician
  • Training can take just a few weeks if you are already an electrician and have been for three years. Check out our Training Provider list for courses

Associated Tradesperson - Plumber & Gasfitter

  • Work ranges from installing water heaters to servicing waste disposal units
  • Training can take just a few weeks if you are already a plumber and/or gasfitter. Check with Master Plumbers and Gasfitters (external link) for course co-ordination

Useful links

If you want to be a trainee or apprentice, or if you want to take on a trainee or apprentice, contact The Skills Organisation (external link) .

Work while you train – get a limited certificate

If you have a limited certificate, you can get work experience while doing your training. See Registration for more information on how to obtain a limited certificate.