Electrical or Telecommunications Trades Assistants assist Electrotechnology and Telecommunications Trades Workers to install and maintain electrical and telecommunications systems.

    You can work as an Electrical or Telecommunications Trades Assistant without formal qualifications. Some on the job training may be provided. Training may also be available through VET (Vocational Education and Training).

    Tasks

    • Installs, maintains, repairs and diagnoses malfunctions of electrical or telecommunications systems.
    • To conform with regulations and safety requirements.
    • Performs a range of manual tasks such as digging, lifting, cutting and laying cable to assist trade workers.

    All Other Miscellaneous Labourers

    • $1,224 Weekly Pay
    • Stable Future Growth
    • Higher Unemployment Unemployment

    Electrical and Telecommunications Trades Assistants

    • 2,400 workers Employment Size
    • Entry level Skill level rating
    • 74% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 44 hours Average full-time
    • 34 years Average age
    • 7% female Gender Share

    The number of people working as Electrical and Telecommunications Trades Assistants (in their main job) fell over 5 years:
    from 3,200 in 2011 to 2,400 in 2016.

    • Size: This is a very small occupation.
    • Location: Electrical and Telecommunications Trades Assistants work in many parts of Australia. Queensland has a large share of workers.
    • Industries: Most work in Construction; Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services; and Manufacturing.
    • Full-time: Many work full-time (74%, 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 34 years (compared to the average of 40 years). Many workers are under 25 years of age (26%).
    • Gender: 7% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

    Employment Outlook

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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)
    Construction65.5
    Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services10.6
    Manufacturing6.6
    Information Media and Telecommunications4.1
    Other Industries13.2

    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.
    StateElectrical and Telecommunications Trades AssistantsAll Jobs Average
    NSW31.631.6
    VIC14.625.6
    QLD25.820.0
    SA6.07.0
    WA15.310.8
    TAS2.02.0
    NT3.61.0
    ACT1.11.9

    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 BracketElectrical and Telecommunications Trades AssistantsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-1910.0-5.05.0
    20-2415.5-9.39.3
    25-3424.6-22.922.9
    35-4417.5-22.022.0
    45-5418.3-21.621.6
    55-598.0-9.09.0
    60-644.5-6.06.0
    65 and Over1.6-4.24.2

    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 QualificationElectrical and Telecommunications Trades AssistantsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate0.5-10.110.1
    Bachelor degree3.6-21.821.8
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma4.5-11.611.6
    Certificate III/IV32.1-21.121.1
    Year 1226.5-18.118.1
    Year 118.0-4.84.8
    Year 10 and below24.7-12.512.5

    You can work as an Electrical or Telecommunications Trades Assistant without formal qualifications. Some on the job training may be provided. Training may also be available through VET (Vocational Education and Training).

    Checks, licences and tickets

    You may need:

    • telehandler ticket
    • nbn accreditation
    • construction induction card (white card)
    • working at heights ticket
    • elevated platform ticket
    • working in confined spaces ticket
    • forklift licence
    • manual drivers licence
    • national police check

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    Employers look for Labourers who are reliable, have a good work ethic and can work well in a team.

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    Knowledge

    These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

    1. Mechanical

      71% Skill level

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

    2. English Language

      59% Skill level

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

    3. Customer and Personal Service

      54% Skill level

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

    4. Building and Construction

      53% Skill level

      Materials, and methods used to construct or repair houses, buildings, or other structures like highways and roads.

    5. Design

      49% Skill level

      Design techniques, tools, and principles used to make detailed technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.

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    Demands

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

    1. Face-to-Face Discussions

      100% Important

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

    2. Spend Time Standing

      93% Important

      How much time do you spend standing?

    3. Spend Time Using Your Hands to Handle, Control, or Feel

      93% Important

      How much time do you spend using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools or controls?

    4. Wear Common Protective or Safety Equipment

      91% Important

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

    5. Being Exact or Accurate

      91% Important

      How important is being very exact or highly accurate?

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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, 47-3013.00 - Helpers--Electricians.

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