Technical Cable Jointers join insulated electric power cables installed in underground conduits and trenches, and prepare cable terminations for connection to electrical equipment and overhead lines.

    You usually need to undertake an apprenticeship in cable jointing to work as a Technical Cable Jointer.

    Tasks

    • Installs and maintains equipment associated with electrical supply such as transformers.
    • Attends to electrical breakdown and emergencies.
    • Conducts routine maintenance on the aerial and underground electricity supply networks.
    • Prepares low and high voltage cable joints and cable terminations, while connecting and installing electrical equipment and overhead lines.
    • Uses 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 metre installation.

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    All Electrical Distribution Trades Workers

    • $2,205 Weekly Pay
    • Decline Future Growth
    • Lower unemployment Unemployment

    Technical Cable Jointers

    • 600 workers Employment Size
    • Medium skill Skill level rating
    • 95% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 44 hours Average full-time
    • 38 years Average age
    • 2% female Gender Share

    The number of people working as Technical Cable Jointers (in their main job) stayed about the same over 5 years:
    from 680 in 2011 to 600 in 2016.

    • Size: This is a very small occupation.
    • Location: Technical Cable Jointers work in many regions of Australia.
    • Industries: Most work in Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services; Construction; and Information Media and Telecommunications.
    • Full-time: Most work full-time (95%, much higher than the average of 66%).
    • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 44 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: 2% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

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    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 Services63.8
    Construction25.7
    Information Media and Telecommunications2.3
    Mining1.9
    Other Industries6.3

    States and Territories

    • NSW

    • VIC

    • QLD

    • SA

    • TAS

    • NT

    • ACT

    Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

    Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    StateTechnical Cable JointersAll Jobs Average
    NSW35.731.6
    VIC23.525.6
    QLD19.020.0
    SA3.57.0
    WA15.410.8
    TAS0.72.0
    NT1.51.0
    ACT0.71.9

    Age Profile

    Age Profile (% Share)

    Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    Age BracketTechnical Cable JointersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-192.2-5.05.0
    20-248.6-9.39.3
    25-3430.8-22.922.9
    35-4421.4-22.022.0
    45-5421.2-21.621.6
    55-5910.3-9.09.0
    60-644.0-6.06.0
    65 and Over1.5-4.24.2

    Education Level

    Highest Level of Education (% Share)

    Source: ABS, 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 QualificationTechnical Cable JointersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate0.0-10.110.1
    Bachelor degree3.1-21.821.8
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma4.1-11.611.6
    Certificate III/IV77.5-21.121.1
    Year 128.7-18.118.1
    Year 112.0-4.84.8
    Year 10 and below4.6-12.512.5

    You usually need to undertake an apprenticeship in cable jointing to work as a Technical Cable Jointer.

    Checks, licences and tickets

    You may need:

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

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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.

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    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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    1. Face-to-Face Discussions

      100% Important

      How often do you talk with people face-to-face?

    2. Wear Common Protective or Safety Equipment

      98% Important

      How often do you wear equipment like safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hard hats or life jackets?

    3. Outdoors, Exposed to Weather

      96% Important

      How often do you work outdoors, exposed to the weather?

    4. Frequency of Decision Making

      93% Important

      How often do you make decisions that affect other people?

    5. Responsible for Others' Health and Safety

      93% Important

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