Electrician Special Class

The occupation of an electrician comprises installing, maintaining, repairing, testing and commissioning electrical and electronic equipment and systems for industrial, commercial and domestic purposes. An electrician may also work on electrical transmission and distribution equipment.

Personal requirements of an electrician may include:

  • Enjoy mathematical and technical activities
  • Good hand-eye coordination
  • Diagnostic, analytical, and logical thinking ability
  • Aptitude for mechanics and electronics
  • Being able to do precise and detailed work
  • Able to work independently or as part of a team
  • Physical fitness
  • Well developed communication skills

Electricians (special class) may complete the following tasks:

  • Service and repair intricate and complex electrical or electronic circuitry.
  • May service and repair circuitry in prototype and other non-standard units
  • Diagnosing and repairing faults in electrical circuitry of a complex nature
  • Analyse drawings and specifications to determine sequences and methods of operation
  • Dismantle units, repairs or replace defective components and re-assemble them
  • May service and repair components of electrical equipment powered by hydraulic, pneumatic or other non-electrical energy sources

The entry requirement for this occupation is usually a Certificate III or a higher qualification and requires completion of an apprenticeship in Electrotechnology Electrician or Engineering- Electrical/Electronic Trade. Entry requirements may vary. Employers generally require Year 10 but some may prefer the completion of Year 12.

Once you have successfully completed the apprenticeship you may be eligible to apply for an electrician's licence.

A career as an electrician (special class) can lie in various industries including energy, mining, domestic and commercial electronics services and retail. A promotion to supervisory, technician, engineering and management positions is possible with experience and further training.