Electronics and communications technicians diagnose faults and repair electronic devices, including audiovisual, broadcast, business and medical equipment.
To become an electronics and communications technician you usually have to complete an apprenticeship or traineeship in Electronics and Communications or ESI Generation Maintenance (Electrical/Electronic). Entry requirements may vary, but employers generally require Year 10 and many prefer Year 12. For more details, see Section 2. Ask your career adviser about the possibility of starting some of this training in school.
Electronics and communications technicians may perform the following tasks:
Electronics and communications technicians may work in workshops, private homes or manufacturers' factories. They may have a considerable amount of contact with the public. They may also work in confined spaces, have to stand for long periods and be required to work at heights on masts, towers and roofs. Electronics and communications technicians must be aware of safety regulations and are often required to wear and use supplied protective equipment.
Electronics and communications technicians are employed in the manufacturing, mining, construction, housing and domestic, communication services, medical, wholesale and retail industries. Some work as contractors on their own behalf, while others are employed by other contractors. Promotion to supervisory, engineering and management positions is possible with experience and further training. Job opportunities depend on the level of activity in the economy, especially in the building, mining, mineral processing, petrochemical and manufacturing industries. They also depend on consumer spending, particularly in the electronics sector.