How to become a Electronics and Communications Technician

Electronics and communications technicians diagnose faults and repair electronic devices, including audiovisual, broadcast, business and medical equipment.

Personal requirements of a Electronics and Communications Technician

  • Enjoy mathematical and technical activities
  • Good hand–eye coordination
  • Good eyesight (may be corrected) and normal colour vision
  • Aptitude for mechanics and electronics
  • Able to do precise and detailed work
  • Good communication skills

Education & Training for a Electronics and Communications Technician

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.

Duties & Tasks of a Electronics and Communications Technician

Electronics and communications technicians may perform the following tasks:

  • attend to breakdowns in electronics and communications equipment
  • diagnose, test and rectify faults in electronic circuits and apparatus
  • troubleshoot digital subsystems, amplifiers and circuits
  • find and repair faults in complex power supplies
  • service broadcast, microwave and satellite technology
  • service analogue, digital and data equipment and signals
  • service fire and security alarm systems
  • repair cameras, television receivers, DVD players, computers, and business and medical equipment
  • dismantle, assemble and fabricate electrotechnology assemblies
  • install extra low voltage wiring systems
  • install electrical and electronic control systems.

Working conditions for a Electronics and Communications Technician

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.

Employment Opportunities for a Electronics and Communications Technician

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.

Additional Information
Depending on the specific work being carried out, some electronics and communications technicians may be required to hold an electrical or electricians licence.
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