Apprenticeships play a crucial role in today’s workforce and tomorrow’s future, they are afterall the custodians of the industry. One of Majors most sought after apprenticeships is in Electrotechnology. Read on to discover everything you need to know about becoming an Electrical apprentice as we answer our most asked questions.
How old do I have to be to start an apprenticeship?
In Queensland, you can begin undertaking an electrical apprenticeship as early as age 16. A school based apprenticeship is a popular option for many of our students to begin their career paths into trades while still completing year 11 and 12. We can provide flexible study options which work around school hours and facilitate on the job training and assessment.
Pre-Requisites for Electrotechnology?
Due to safety problems in the past, apprentices in the electrotechnology industry now have extra protections and higher training requirements compared to apprentices in other industries. To undertake an Electrical apprenticeship, you must have sufficient passes in year 10 English, Maths and Science. You must also be able to see colour to discern colour-coded wiring. A proven aptitude for analytics and problem solving will also be of great advantage.
How to secure an Electrical Apprenticeship?
After deciding which model of apprenticeship suits you, whether it be a school based apprenticeship, standard apprenticeship or a mature age apprenticeship if you are over the age of 21, it is time to start looking for an employer. A great place to start is by signing up to an AASN or an Australian Apprenticeship Support Network provider such as OSMAC or MEGT. From connecting you with an employer looking for an apprentice, to setting up your training schedule with us at Major, right through to completion of your qualification, an AASN is an apprentices best ally and resource. With any trade apprenticeship, it is always advantageous to have undertaken some sort of work experience or project in that field to show an employer that you are interested and motivated in that field.
How long does it take to become an Electrician?
An Electrical Apprenticeship generally takes 4 years to complete provided all assessments are passed and practical hours are finalised.
What can you expect to be doing as an Electrician?
- As an electrician, you can expect to undertake tasks such as:
- Installs and repairs electrical wiring, systems, and fixtures in buildings.
- Installs conduits and pipes to house electrical wires and cables.
- Ensures piping complies with electrical codes.
- Installs circuit breakers and other electrical hardware and connects wiring to them.
- Connects electrical systems to powerlines to provide electricity to the building.
- Tests electrical systems to ensure proper installation and operation.
- Inspects electrical systems to determine whether repairs are needed.
- Replaces conduit and wiring as needed.
- Replaces circuit breakers as needed.
If a career in Electrotechnology is something you are interested in, call us today on 1300 790 822 to discuss your apprenticeship pathway options.