Electrical Distribution Trades Workers prepare, install, repair, maintain and patrol electric power distribution networks.

A Certificate III including at least 2 years of on-the-job training, or a Certificate IV, or at least 3 years of relevant experience, is usually needed. The majority of workers have a Certificate III/IV. Sometimes experience or on-the-job training is needed in addition to a qualification. Registration or licensing may be required.

Tasks

  • installing conductors and aerial equipment, and underground cables and equipment
  • installing and maintaining equipment associated with electrical supply such as transformers
  • attending to electrical breakdown and emergencies
  • maintaining poles and associated hardware, and continuity of electrical supply and street lighting
  • conducting routine maintenance on the aerial and underground electricity supply network
  • conducting low-voltage switching operations
  • fitting pole hardware and crossarms
  • preparing lowand high-voltage cable joints and cable terminations while connecting and installing electrical equipment and overhead lines
  • using heavy plant equipment such as elevated work platforms and portable equipment such as hydraulic drills
  • may undertake substation installation and maintenance, and specialised testing and revenue meter installation

Job Titles

  • Electrical Linesworker
  • Technical Cable Jointer
  • Electrical Linesworker

    Installs, maintains, repairs and patrols electrical sub-transmission and distribution systems. Registration or licensing may be required.

    Specialisations: Electrical Linesworker (Distribution), Electrical Linesworker (Transmission), Railway Traction Line Worker

  • Technical Cable Jointer

    Joins insulated electric power cables installed in underground conduits and trenches, and prepares cable terminations for connection to electrical equipment and overhead lines. Registration or licensing may be required.

Fast Facts

  • Avg. Weekly Pay

    $1,455 Before Tax
  • Future Growth

    decline
  • Skill Level

    Certificate III or IV
  • Employment Size

    8,700
  • Unemployment

    average
  • Male Share

    100.0%
  • Female Share

    0.0%
  • Full-Time Share

    100.0%

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This is a small occupation employing 8700 workers. Over the past 5 years the number of jobs has fallen.
A fall in the number of jobs is expected in the future. New jobs and turnover from workers leaving may create up to 5,000 job openings over the 5 years to 2020.

  • Electrical Distribution Trades Workers work in most parts of Australia.
  • They mainly work in: Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services; Construction; and Transport, Postal and Warehousing.
  • Almost all Electrical Distribution Trades Workers work full-time
  • Average earnings for full-time workers are around $1,455 per week (higher than the all jobs average of $1,230). Earnings tend to be lower when starting out and higher as experience grows.
  • The average age is 43 years (compared to the all jobs average of 40 years).
  • More than 9 in 10 workers are male.
  • In 2016, the unemployment rate was similar to the average.

Employment Outlook

Number of Workers

Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, Department of Employment trend data to November 2015 and Department of Employment projections to 2020.
YearNumber of Workers
20056700
20068100
20077600
20089400
200910100
201011800
20118400
201212600
20139700
201411300
20158700
20207500

Weekly Earnings

Full-time Earnings

All Jobs Average

Weekly Earnings (before tax)

Source: Based on ABS Characteristics of Employment survey, August 2015, Cat. No. 6333.0, Customised Report. Median earnings are before tax and do not include superannuation. Earnings can vary greatly depending on the skills and experience of the worker and the demands of the role. These figures should be used as a guide only, not to determine a wage rate.
EarningsElectrical Distribution Trades WorkersAll Jobs Average
Full-Time Earnings14551230

Hours

Weekly Hours Worked

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Hours actually worked by people who usually work full-time, and share of employment by full-time and part-time status, for this job compared to the all jobs average.
CategoryElectrical Distribution Trades WorkersAll Jobs Average
Full-time100.068.4
Part-time0.031.6
Average Weekly Hours (full-time)36.140.0

Main Industries

Top Industries

Main Employing Industries (% share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services68.6
Construction25.0
Transport, Postal and Warehousing3.4
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services1.7
Other Industries1.3

States and Territories

  • NSW

  • VIC

  • QLD

  • SA

  • TAS

  • NT

  • ACT

Employment by State and Territory (% share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
StateElectrical Distribution Trades WorkersAll Jobs Average
NSW26.631.8
VIC31.425.5
QLD18.119.8
SA8.26.8
WA13.311.2
TAS1.82.0
NT0.71.1
ACT0.01.8

Age Profile

Age Profile (% share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age BracketElectrical Distribution Trades WorkersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-190.0-5.45.4
20-2410.5-9.99.9
25-3418.8-23.423.4
35-4427.1-21.721.7
45-5425.2-21.121.1
55-597.8-8.78.7
60-6410.5-5.95.9
65 and Over0.0-3.83.8

Gender

Male Share

Female Share

Gender (% share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Male and female share of employment in this job compared to the all jobs average.
CategoryElectrical Distribution Trades WorkersCategoryAll Jobs Average
Males100.0Males53.6
Females0.0Females46.4

Education Level

Top Education Levels

Highest Level of Education (% share)

Source: ABS, Education and Work (2016). Findings based on use of ABS TableBuilder data. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Skill level requirements can change over time, the qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
Type of QualificationElectrical Distribution Trades WorkersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate0.0-8.68.6
Bachelor degree0.0-17.917.9
Advanced Diploma/Diploma35.9-10.110.1
Certificate III/IV64.1-18.918.9
Year 120.0-18.718.7
Years 11 & 100.0-17.717.7
Below Year 100.0-8.18.1

A Certificate III including at least 2 years of on-the-job training, or a Certificate IV, or at least 3 years of relevant experience, is usually needed. The majority of workers have a Certificate III/IV. Sometimes experience or on-the-job training is needed in addition to a qualification. Registration or licensing may be required.

If you are interested in this style of work, there are a wide range of training options available that could lead to this or a similar job.
The pathway that is right for you will depend on your skills and interests.

It is a good idea to speak to industry bodies, employers, and workers to learn more about the skills and qualifications you will need.

Employers look for Electrical Distribution Trades Workers who provide good customer service, are polite and courteous and a strong work ethic.

Knowledge

The topics, subjects, or knowledge areas workers rate as most important are shown below.

  1. Mechanical

    69% Important

    Machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

  2. Customer and Personal Service

    67% Important

    Customer and personal services. This includes understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

  3. Physics

    60% Important

    Physical principles, laws, their interrelationships, and applications to understanding fluid, material, and atmospheric dynamics, and mechanical, electrical, atomic and sub- atomic structures and processes.

  4. English Language

    57% Important

    English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

  5. Mathematics

    57% Important

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

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Activities

The work activities workers rate as most important are shown below.

  1. Operating Vehicles or Equipment

    96% Important

    Running, manoeuvring, navigating, or driving things like forklifts, passenger vehicles, aircraft, or water craft.

  2. Getting Information

    91% Important

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  3. Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material

    91% Important

    Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials for errors, problems or defects.

  4. Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Staff

    91% Important

    Giving information to supervisors, co-workers, and staff by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.

  5. Controlling Machines and Processes

    90% Important

    Operate machines or processes either directly or using controls (not including computers or vehicles).

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