Want to be a bright spark? – How to be a Electrician

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Electricians fault find, repair, service, maintain, assemble, install and commission electrical apparatus across all different industries in Australia.  There are many different types of Electricians but all work under the same guidelines and standards.  As an electrician you will learn to use hand tools, power tools, and a range of different testing devices to ensure electrical safety.  To become an Electrician it will take up to 4 years as an apprentice and a Certificate III in Electrotechnology will be achieved.

As a qualified sparky you may have the opportunity to work all industries from domestic and commercial buildings, heavy industries, gas and oil production, power stations, infrastructure and mining.  All will require different experience and knowledge to allow you to safely work and fault find problems in AC and DC circuits.

After you gain experience as a Sparky and you reach a high level of skills and experience the option may be there for you to move up the ladder in this industry.  There are loads of options, you can start your own business,  or become a supervisor in a domestic/commercial contracting company or start working your way up the ladder in a larger scale industrial construction project.

Duties and Tasks

  • Read and follow drawings and manuals to correctly install, service and repair equipment
  • Document Hazards
  • Apply electrical fault finding techniques on Extra Low Voltage DC electrical circuits and equipment
  • Apply electrical fault finding techniques on Low Voltage DC electrical circuits and equipment
  • Apply electrical fault finding techniques on Low Voltage single phase and 3 phase electrical circuits and equipment
  • Service, maintain, test and repair Low Voltage  AC and DC circuits and equipment
  • Assemble, Dismantle and fabricate electrical equipment
  • Lay, secure and gland off different types of cables
  • Fix and secure electrical equipment such as motors, lights, vibrators, cable tray, circuit breakers, distribution boards, switches etc.
  • Terminate and fit off electrical equipment to Australian Standards

Personal Requirements

  • Normal colour vision
  • Good communication skills
  • Capability to handle technical work
  • Good hand eye co-ordination
  • Able to use hand and power tools
  • Able of working in a team environment
  • Able to read and follow manuals and drawings

Disclaimer: Cribhut provides this information with the best intentions, but purely as a guide.  Like most things in life, there are no guarantees.  Your lively hood is your own responsibility and even if following the above recommendations, it is still up to you to do your own research, to be patient, persistent and put in the hard work.



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