Electricians install, maintain, repair, test and commission electrical and electronic equipment and systems for industrial, commercial and domestic purposes. Electricians may also work on electrical transmission and distribution equipment.

Duties & Tasks

Electricians may perform the following tasks:

  • read electrical, architectural and mechanical diagrams, drawings or specifications to determine job requirements
  • plan the layout of wiring systems
  • test for, locate and repair electrical malfunctions
  • install electrical and electronic control systems and insulated cables
  • install electrical equipment such as storage heaters, water heaters, electrical signs, switchboards and motors
  • assemble electrical and electronic components and appliances
  • connect electrical equipment to power supplies
  • connect switches, outlets and other fittings
  • connect circuit breakers
  • maintain automated production processes.


Electrical Motor Winding Tradesperson

An electrical motor winding tradesperson applies electrical knowledge to make, fit or repair electrical machines or appliances.

Working Conditions

Electricians may work in workshops, in private homes or in manufacturers' factories. They may have a considerable amount of contact with the public, work in confined spaces and have to stand for long periods. They may also be required to work at heights on masts, towers and roofs.

Electricians must be aware of safety regulations and must wear and use supplied protective equipment to minimise risks.

Personal Requirements

  • enjoy mathematical and technical activities
  • good hand-eye coordination
  • good eyesight (may be corrected) and normal colour vision
  • logical thinking and diagnostic ability
  • aptitude for mechanics and electronics
  • able to do precise and detailed work
  • able to work independently or as part of a team
  • able to cope with the physical demands of the job
  • good communication skills.
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