Electronic Instrument Trades Workers (Special Class) install, modify, maintain and repair complex electronic instruments and control systems which involve a combination of electrical, electronic, mechanical, hydraulic and pneumatic principles.

Also known as: Industrial Measurement and Control Technician.

A certificate III or IV in instrumentation and control or similar is needed to work as an Electronic Instrument Trades Worker (Special Class).

Tasks

  • Examines and tests machines, equipment, instruments and control systems to diagnose faults.
  • Adjusts, repairs and replaces worn and defective parts and wiring, and maintains machines, equipment and instruments, as well as advising users of correct operating procedures to prevent malfunction.
  • Installs electronic instruments and control systems.
  • Applies knowledge of electrical, electronic, mechanical, hydraulic and pneumatic principles in commissioning and maintaining control systems.

All Electronics Trades Workers

  • $1,348 Weekly Pay
  • Decline Future Growth
  • Average unemployment Unemployment

Electronic Instrument Trades Workers (Special Class)

  • 160 workers Employment Size
  • Medium skill Skill level rating
  • 92% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 43 hours Average full-time
  • 52 years Average age
  • 5% female Gender Share

The number of people working as Electronic Instrument Trades Workers (Special Class) (in their main job) stayed about the same over 5 years:
from 210 in 2011 to 160 in 2016.

  • Size: This is a very small occupation.
  • Location: Electronic Instrument Trades Workers (Special Class) work in many parts of Australia. Victoria has a large share of workers.
  • Industries: Most work in Transport, Postal and Warehousing; Manufacturing; and Other Services.
  • Full-time: Most work full-time (92%, 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 52 years (compared to the average of 40 years). Many workers are 45 years or older (68%).
  • Gender: 5% 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)
Transport, Postal and Warehousing37.8
Manufacturing18.6
Other Services9.0
Construction6.4
Other Industries28.2

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.
StateElectronic Instrument Trades Workers (Special Class)All Jobs Average
NSW21.131.6
VIC37.925.6
QLD16.820.0
SA9.97.0
WA12.410.8
TAS0.02.0
NT0.01.0
ACT1.91.9

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 BracketElectronic Instrument Trades Workers (Special Class)All Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-190.0-5.05.0
20-242.0-9.39.3
25-3412.5-22.922.9
35-4417.1-22.022.0
45-5427.6-21.621.6
55-5919.1-9.09.0
60-6413.8-6.06.0
65 and Over7.9-4.24.2

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 QualificationElectronic Instrument Trades Workers (Special Class)All Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate2.0-10.110.1
Bachelor degree15.3-21.821.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma24.7-11.611.6
Certificate III/IV52.0-21.121.1
Year 122.0-18.118.1
Year 112.0-4.84.8
Year 10 and below2.0-12.512.5

A certificate III or IV in instrumentation and control or similar is needed to work as an Electronic Instrument Trades Worker (Special Class).

Checks, licences and tickets

You may need:

  • working at heights ticket
  • working in confined spaces ticket
  • high risk work licence
  • manual drivers licence
  • first aid certificate

Thinking about study or training?

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

  • Compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes on the My Skills website.
  • You might be interested in Electrotechnology VET training pathways on the AAPathways website.

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Employers look for Electronics Trades Workers who are reliable, work well in a team and have a strong work ethic.

Filter Skills & Knowledge

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Computers and electronics

    75% Skill level

    Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

  2. Mechanical

    75% Skill level

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

  3. Engineering and technology

    70% Skill level

    Use engineering, science and technology to design and produce goods and services.

  4. Technical design

    63% Skill level

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

  5. Mathematics

    61% Skill level

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

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Demands

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

  1. Wear common protective or safety equipment

    99% Important

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

  2. Face-to-face discussions

    95% Important

    Talk with people face-to-face.

  3. Indoors, heat controlled

    93% Important

    Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.

  4. Freedom to make decisions

    91% Important

    Have freedom to make decision on your own.

  5. Contact with people

    91% Important

    Have contact with people by telephone, face-to-face, or any other way.

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, 49-2094.00 - Electrical and Electronics Repairers, Commercial and Industrial Equipment.

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