Electrotechnology and telecommunications is a multibillion dollar industry in Australia that impacts on almost every aspect of daily life.

The technologies cover traditional light and power, audio/video and data systems, computer and network hardware, security systems, wireless and cabled communications systems, electronic aspects of medical equipment and sustainable/renewable energies. People in this industry install, service, repair and maintain electrical and electronic equipment for industrial, commercial and domestic purposes.

The digital age is creating an unprecedented demand for electricians specialising in telecommunications, instrumentation, security and electronic control systems and information technology.

Studying electrotechnology gives you access to a wide range of industry courses that provide all the practical and theoretical knowledge you'll need to really excel.

A look at the facts...

  • The electrical services Industry is forecast to grow over the next five years, with revenue reaching a record $20.5 billion.
  • Industry employment is projected to reach 147,500 people in 36,600 establishments by 2015-16.

(Source: IBIS World)

A career in electrotechnology

Possible job roles include:

  • electrician (licenced)
  • instrumentation and control technician
  • electronics and communications technician
  • electrical fitter
  • machine repair tradesperson
  • switchgear and control gear tradesperson
  • electronics tradesperson
  • electronics and communications technician
  • telecommuncations installation cabler
  • computer assembler
  • air conditioning system installer
  • security system installer

Study and career pathways

There is more than one pathway to a successful career, and it may not always be in a straight line.

Our Counselling and Career Services will give you some idea of how the different qualifications fit together and what they mean in the industry.


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