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

    You usually need to undertake an apprenticeship in electrical powerlines or cable jointing to work as an Electrical Distribution Trades Worker. Traineeships may be available.

    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

    More about Electrical Distribution Trades Workers

    All Electrical Distribution Trades Workers

    All Electrical Distribution Trades Workers

    • $2,205 Weekly Pay
    • Decline Future Growth
    • Lower unemployment Unemployment
    • 13,200 workers Employment Size
    • Medium skill Skill level rating
    • 95% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 43 hours Average full-time
    • 38 years Average age
    • 1% female Gender Share

    The number of people working as Electrical Distribution Trades Workers (in their main job) grew very strongly over the past 5 years and is expected to fall over the next 5 years:
    from 13,200 in 2018 to 11,800 by 2023.
    Job openings can come from new jobs being created, but most come from turnover (workers leaving).
    There are likely to be around 6,000 job openings over 5 years (that's about 1,200 a year).

    • Size: This is a medium sized occupation.
    • Unemployment: Unemployment was below average in 2018.
    • Location: Electrical Distribution Trades Workers work in many regions of Australia.
    • Industries: Most work in Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services; Construction; and Transport, Postal and Warehousing.
    • Earnings: Full-time workers on an adult wage earn around $2,205 per week (higher than the average of $1,460). Earnings tend to be lower when starting out and higher as experience grows.
    • Full-time: Most work full-time (95%, much higher than the average of 66%).
    • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 43 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
    • Age: The average age is 38 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
    • Gender: 1% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

    Employment Outlook

    Number of Workers

    Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, Department of Jobs and Small Business trend data to May 2018 and Department of Jobs and Small Business projections to 2023.
    YearNumber of Workers
    20086700
    200910200
    201012600
    20118200
    201210000
    201311400
    201411600
    20159700
    20167000
    20177500
    201813200
    202311800

    Weekly Earnings

    Weekly Earnings (Before Tax)

    Source: Based on ABS Survey of Employee Earnings and Hours (cat. no. 6306.0), May 2018, Customised Report. Median weekly total cash earnings for full-time non-managerial employees paid at the adult rate. Earnings are before tax and include amounts salary sacrificed. 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 Earnings22051460

    Main Industries

    Main Employing Industries (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, 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 Services71.5
    Construction21.2
    Transport, Postal and Warehousing2.8
    Financial and Insurance Services1.0
    Other Industries3.5

    States and Territories

    • NSW

    • VIC

    • QLD

    • SA

    • TAS

    • NT

    • ACT

    Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, 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
    NSW29.531.6
    VIC24.225.6
    QLD21.220.0
    SA8.07.0
    WA12.710.8
    TAS2.62.0
    NT1.01.0
    ACT0.91.9

    Age Profile

    Age Profile (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    Age BracketElectrical Distribution Trades WorkersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-191.0-5.05.0
    20-248.4-9.39.3
    25-3432.1-22.922.9
    35-4422.4-22.022.0
    45-5423.2-21.621.6
    55-598.7-9.09.0
    60-643.3-6.06.0
    65 and Over0.8-4.24.2

    Education Level

    Highest Level of Education (% Share)

    Source: ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). 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 Certificate0.1-10.110.1
    Bachelor degree1.9-21.821.8
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma3.8-11.611.6
    Certificate III/IV82.8-21.121.1
    Year 126.3-18.118.1
    Year 111.4-4.84.8
    Year 10 and below3.6-12.512.5

    You usually need to undertake an apprenticeship in electrical powerlines or cable jointing to work as an Electrical Distribution Trades Worker. Traineeships may be available.

    Checks, licences and tickets

    You may need:

    • construction induction card (white card)
    • driver's licence
    • Psychometric or aptitude tests

    Thinking about study or training?

    Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need.

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

    Filter Skills & Knowledge

    Knowledge

    These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

    1. Customer and personal service

      65% Skill level

      Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

    2. Mechanical

      61% Skill level

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

    3. Mathematics

      47% Skill level

      Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

    4. Physics

      46% Skill level

      The physical laws of matter, motion and energy, and how they interact through space and time.

    5. Administration and management

      45% Skill level

      Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.

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    The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 49-9051.00 - Electrical Power-Line Installers and Repairers.

    Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.

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    Demands

    The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

    1. Face-to-face discussions

      100% Important

      Talk with people face-to-face.

    2. Wear common protective or safety equipment

      98% Important

      Wear equipment like safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hard hats or life jackets.

    3. Outdoors, exposed to weather

      96% Important

      Work outdoors, exposed to the weather.

    4. Frequent decision making

      93% Important

      Frequently make decisions that impact other people.

    5. Health and safety of others

      93% Important

      Take responsibility for the health and safety of others.

    Occupational Information Network
    O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
    The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 49-9051.00 - Electrical Power-Line Installers and Repairers.

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