Switchgear Tradesperson

Switchgear Tradespersons construct, assemble and wire switchboards and control panels.

Personal requirements of a Switchgear Tradesperson may include:

  • Good communications skills
  • Good maths and science
  • Excellent computer skills
  • Attention to detail
  • Good hand-eye coordination

Switchgear Tradespersons may complete the following tasks:

  • Assemble, mount and connect switchgear and controlgear
  • Make up and assemble bus bars
  • Assemble and wire control panels
  • Participate in switchgear and controlgear work and competency development activities
  • Enter and verify operating instructions in microprocessor equipped devices
  • Develop, enter and verify programs for programmable logic controllers using ladder instruction set
  • Dismantle, assemble and fabricate electrotechnology components
  • Solve problems in extra-low voltage single path circuits
  • Solve problems in multiple path d.c. circuits
  • Fix and secure equipment
  • Use drawings, diagrams, schedules and manuals
  • Document occupational hazards and risks in electrical
  • Assemble and connect communication frames and cabinets
  • Solve problems in electromagnetic circuits
  • Solve problems in single and three phase low voltage circuits
  • Overhaul and repair switchgear/controlgear
  • Repair mechanical components of electrical machines
  • Disconnect and reconnect fixed wired electrical equipment connected to a low voltage supply
  • Maintain documentation
  • Source and purchase material/parts for installation or service jobs
  • Provide quotations for installation or service jobs
  • Deliver a service to customers
  • Use basic computer applications relevant to a workplace
  • Comply with scheduled and preventative maintenance program processes
  • Provide basic instruction in the use of electrotechnology apparatus
  • Rewind direct current machines rated for low voltage
  • Conduct mechanical tests of electrical machines
  • Solve problems in multiple path a.c. circuits

Entry requirements may vary but most employers require Year 10 and some may prefer Year 12. Experience required includes an electrical engineering apprenticeship or traineeship and a qualification (e.g. Certificate III in Switchgear and Controlgear.)