If you want to start a career in electrotechnology, here are the basics that you will need:
- Completion of Year 12 (or minimum of Year 10)
- Excellent communication skills
- Effective mathematics and problem-solving skills*
- Normal colour vision
- An interest in electrotechnology
- Practical ability – you like working with your hands
- To be able to work at heights and in confined spaces
- A positive attitude towards work
- To be responsible and reliable
- To be prepared for ongoing learning and training.
*Practice Pre-apprenticeship Test sourced from EE-Oz Training.
To get started as quickly as possible, you could consider doing the following:
Choose the right subjects at school - Maths and Physics are important subjects to study for a career in electrotechnology. Any subjects involving Information Technology, Electricity or Communications will help. Also, you will need good English skills, so that you can read plans and written instructions and communicate well on-the-job.
Undertake work experience - You can do your work experience from Year 10. However, check with your Careers Adviser, potential employer or WorkCover in your State for any rules and regulations regarding working on-site - these rules vary from state-to-state.
Consider doing a VET in Schools Program - You can develop your skills in Years 11 and 12 with Vocational Education and Training in Schools (VET in Schools). Contact the VET coordinator at your school for more information. For more information on VET in Schools visit the Department of Education, Employment & Workplace Relations website.
Take the Pre-apprentice Aptitude Test - The Pre-apprentice Aptitude Test can help you determine whether you are suited to a job within the Electrotechnology industry. You can try the sample Pre-apprentice Test available on the EE-Oz website, to test your skills.
After school study - When you have finished school, you can do a New Apprenticeship, a course at a TAFE or Registered Training Organisation or a University degree.
Do a pre-apprenticeship course - If you want to do an apprenticeship, you could start with a short pre-apprenticeship course at a TAFE or Registered Training Organisation. You can do this if you have completed Year 10, 11 or 12. A pre-apprenticeship course, which lasts from two weeks to six months, gives the training, insight and experience you need to be able to prepare for an apprenticeship and have an understanding of the industry. Some employers will only employ apprentices who have completed a pre-apprenticeship course. While completion of a pre-apprenticeship course is no guarantee of an apprenticeship, it will give you a head start when you apply for a position with an employer.
Apprenticeships - After school, you can begin with an Australian Apprenticeship and go on to get a degree at University if you want – there are jobs in electrotechnology at all levels. An apprenticeship is a way of learning that combines hands-on work with formal study. It allows you to complete your study at your own pace to get the qualifications and experience you need to get the job you want.
When you become an apprentice and are working for an employer, a training agreement is drawn up to let you get the training and, if necessary, the time off work to go to any off-the-job training, that you need. It also sets the length of time you are required to stay with the employer.
For more information visit the Australian Apprenticeships website.