Electricity Supply & Rail

Electricity Supply & Rail

Australia’s electricity supply industry (ESI) workers are in high demand now more than ever as the need for electricity rises. Technological innovation, the range of work activities and the variety of occupations available in the industry provide excellent career opportunities.

Australia's regional resources sector and industries also require energy for the expansion and operation of mines, mineral processors such as smelters, crushers and refineries, gas and chemical manufacturing and to support export infrastructure like ports and rail.

The electricity supply industry in Australia comprises a number of connected sectors:

  • Transmission: electricity is transported from power stations through the high voltage transmission network. Voltage is then reduced to a lower voltage at substations.
  • Distribution: electricity is distributed to homes and business via 'bulk supply' substations
  • Rail: electricity is distributed to transport people and goods by various types of rail traction vehicles (e.g. tram and train)

Vocations in the transmission, distribution and rail sector include:

  • Overhead powerline worker (distribution)
  • Overhead powerline worker (transmission)
  • Cable jointer
  • Equipment installation

There are four apprenticeships that provide individuals with the chance to enter an exciting career in the transmission, distribution and rail sector of the electricity supply industry. Succesful apprenctices gain a nationally recognised Certificate III - Electrical Supply Industry qualification.