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How to Become an Electrician

MIGAS Electrical Apprentice Zach

MIGAS Electrical Apprentice, Zach, receiving his electrician apprenticeship completion certificate from State Manager, Angela.

Electrical trades tend to be some of the most sought-after apprenticeships, leading to long-standing and diverse career options in a variety of industries.

You might be wondering how to become an electrician and increase your chances of obtaining that lucrative electrical ticket.

Read on to find out how to enter an electrical trade with an electrician apprenticeship.

Research Electrical Trade Specialisations

Electricians can install and maintain, repair and test electrical equipment and systems for industrial, commercial and domestic purposes.

But it’s more than just laying some wires and making sure everything switches on. Electricians should have the ability to read and interpret complex electrical, architectural and mechanical diagrams to assess the safest, most efficient and cost effective electrical solution.

There’s also the opportunity to specialise within the electrical field, with significant opportunities for electricians within the sustainable energy sector, mining, and resources industries.

Electricians are also required in the automotive sector, within both commercial and civil construction sectors, and as specialists in the instrumentation field.

A specialisation in Air Conditioning and Refrigeration or Security Systems is also a popular choice in electrical trades.

Read more about these electrical apprenticeships to get started.

Study the Right Subjects at School

Electricians need to have a high understanding of mathematics, and employers will look favourably upon students who’ve shown an interest in scientific subjects, particularly physics, electronics, and computer science subjects for technical skills.

As with any apprenticeship, the electrical trade is extremely hands-on, so any manual subjects are a good aptitude indicator as well.

These subjects help you to understand how things work, how they fit together and allow you to apply logic and problem-solving skills – all extremely important when working with electricity.

Develop Your Technical Skills

Electrical tradies of all kinds require strong technical skills. Focus on developing skills such as understanding electrical diagrams, troubleshooting electrical systems, installing electrical components, and using specialised tools and equipment.

Developing your people skills is also important, as electricians are usually involved in face-to-face client and team interactions. You should be able to clearly and concisely explain your aptitude for the job.

Electricians need to have normal colour vision – important when selecting the right wire! Electricians should also have good physical fitness and manual dexterity, as you will sometimes be working with very small objects.

You should have a demonstrated ability to work within strict deadlines and be able to demonstrate strong time management and organisational skills.

Have a Safety First Mindset

Electrical work can be hazardous, so prioritising safety at all times is imperative. You must be prepared to follow safety protocols, including proper handling of electrical equipment, the use of personal protective equipment (PPE), and adherence to Australian electrical codes.

Ensure you follow safety guidelines to protect yourself and others from potential electrical hazards.

Complete an Electrician Apprenticeship

Electricians must have completed their trade training and obtained their electrical licence to be able to legally work within the industry.

An electrician apprenticeship typically takes four years, and includes paid, hands-on training to develop your technical skills and knowledge, and the completion of a nationally accredited qualification (such as a Certificate III in Electrotechnology Electrician).

All electrical trade specialisations take commitment but are the ideal pathway to gain the necessary training needed to become qualified.

Working for a Group Training Organisation like MIGAS means you are supported throughout your apprenticeship as you work onsite with a host company and undertake your college studies.

Choose an Electrical Apprenticeship Trade

Get started by looking into the type of electrical trades you are interested in, from electrician apprenticeships to air conditioning and refrigeration apprenticeships, and instrumentation and control apprenticeships.

Check the MIGAS Jobs Board for electrical apprenticeships available now.


Published 18/05/2023

In the spirit of reconciliation, MIGAS Apprentices & Trainees acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of country throughout Australia and their connections to land, sea and community. We pay our respect to their Elders past and present and emerging, and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples today.