Electricians also test various appliances and circuits, ensuring their integrity and safety. If needed, they'll repair and replace any faulty electrical apparatus. Working conditions can change dramatically from one job to another. You may find yourself working indoors, in buildings under construction or in need of repair, or outdoors, working on projects such as the installation of supply cables and street lighting.
Occupational health and safety are important considerations for electrical tradespeople. Electricians may be required to lift equipment and supplies weighing up to 16 kilograms and there is also some risk of injury from electric shock in this occupation. Being on the lookout for hazards and being safety conscious are as much a part of the job as installing the systems themselves! Electricians usually work a five-day week, plus overtime when required. Those on-call are required to perform some after hours and weekend work.
For further information, contact:
E-Oz Energy Skills Australia
Phone: (02) 6262 7055
Communications, Electrical & Plumbing Union
Electrical Trades Division
Phone: (02) 9663 3699