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Electronic equipment trades worker

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Summary of occupation

Electronic equipment trades workers maintain, adjust and repair computers, photocopiers, fax machines, cash registers and other electronic commercial and office machines.

Tasks may include testing and fault finding, reassembling equipment and advising users of correct operating procedures.

Electronic equipment trades workers must be aware of safety regulations and must often wear and use supplied protective equipment.

ANZSCO description: Installs, maintains and repairs electronic equipment and systems such as audio and visual reproduction equipment, home entertainment systems, computers and electronic security systems.
Alternative names: Electronic equipment technician, Business Machine Mechanic, Communications Operator
Specialisations: Audiovisual Technician, Fire Alarm Technician, Home Theatre Technician, Security Technician, Video Technician
Job prospects: Average
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Knowledge, skills and attributes

Electronic equipment trades workers need to:

  • enjoy mathematical and technical activities
  • be practical and have good hand-eye coordination
  • have good eyesight (may be corrected) and normal colour vision
  • have good diagnostic ability
  • have an aptitude for mechanics and electronics
  • be able to do precise and detailed work
  • be able to work as part of a team
  • be physically fit
  • have good communication skills
  • work as part of a team and with minimal supervision
  • be able to work from heights and in confined spaces.
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Working conditions

Electronic equipment trades workers are employed in the building, retail, wholesale and manufacturing industries. Some work for government organisations. Others work as self-employed contractors, or are employed by other contractors. The telecommunications and IT aspects of the industry are becoming increasingly important.

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Salary details

On average, electronics trades workers, which includes electronic equipment trades worker, can expect to earn between $1 000 and $1 249 per week, ($52 000 and $64 999 per year), depending on the organisation they work for, and their level of experience. As an electronic equipment trades worker develops their skills, their earning potential will generally increase.

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Tools and technologies

An electronic equipment trades worker may use:
1000V Rated Tools; AC Detectors/Testers; adjustable wrenches; cable cutters; cable tie guns; cable strippers; crimpers; modular plugs; terminals; crimper die sets and frames; diagonal/micro cutters; electrician scissors; ESD extractors, screwdrivers/cutters and ESD static protection; heat shrink guns; hex key sets; IC insertion tools; pick-up tools; pliers; precision screwdrivers; solder aids and tools; workbench magnifiers; wiring installation tools and wire strippers.

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Education and training/entrance requirements

To become an electronic equipment trades worker, you usually need to complete an apprenticeship. The electronic servicing (communications), (digital) or (television)apprenticeships usually take 48 months to complete and are available as school-based apprenticeships.​ 

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Apprenticeships and traineeships

As an apprentice or trainee, you enter into a formal training contract with an employer. You spend most of your time working and learning practical skills on the job and you spend some time undertaking structured training with a registered training provider of your choice. They will assess your skills and when you are competent in all areas, you will be awarded a nationally recognised qualification.

If you are still at school you can access an apprenticeship through your school. You generally start your school based apprenticeship by attending school three days a week, spending one day at a registered training organisation and one day at work. Talk to your school's VET Co-ordinator to start your training now through VET in Schools. If you get a full-time apprenticeship you can apply to leave school before reaching the school leaving age.

If you are no longer at school you can apply for an apprenticeship or traineeship and get paid while you learn and work.

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Recognition of prior learning

If you think you already have some of the skills or competencies, obtained either through non-formal or informal learning, you may be able to gain credit through recognition of prior learning.

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