Electrical Fitter Mechanic

Electrical fitter mechanics (EFMs) are responsible for developing and maintaining electricity infrastructure. EFMs construct, repair and maintain overhead, underground and substation power supply equipment. Also referred to as a power system operator or substation switching operator.

Personal requirements of an electrical fitter mechanic may include:

  • Technical aptitude
  • Enjoy mathematical activities
  • Aptitude for mechanics and electronics¬†
  • Enjoy problem solving
  • Analytical thinking
  • Able to do precise and detailed work
  • Good communication skills
  • Good interpersonal skills

Electrical Fitter Mechanics may complete the following tasks:

  • Read electrical and mechanical diagrams, drawings or specifications to determine job requirements
  • Install electrical and electronic control systems and insulated cables
  • Connect electronical equipment to power supplies
  • Maintaining and building substations
  • Emergency repair work
  • Investigating power supply problems
  • Connecting customers
  • Wiring substations

An EFM holds the same qualification as a household electrician. Becoming a qualified electrical fitter mechanic usually starts with an apprenticeship in Electrotechnology Electrician or Engineering-Electrical/Electronic Trade with a Certificate at level III. 

Once you have finished your apprenticeship and the relevant practical experience you can apply for an electrician's licence.

The occupation offers you a range of industries, such as energy supply, manufacturing, or domestic and commercial electronics services. Promotions to technician, engineering, supervisory and management positions are possible, depending on the level of experience.