Study Electrical Engineering

Career Outcomes

Electrical Engineering Technician (312312): currently on Medium and Long-term Strategic Skill List (MLTSSL)

Electrical Engineering Draftsperson (312311): currently on Medium and Long-term Strategic Skill List (MLTSSL)

Industry Overview

Technicians and trade workers perform a variety of skilled tasks, applying broad or in-depth technical, trade or industry specific knowledge, often in support of scientific, engineering, building and manufacturing activities. (Source: ABS)

The Electrical Engineering sector includes the design and application of electrical systems. The Electrical Engineering workforce is employed across a wide variety of industries such as Defence, Manufacturing, and Electricity Supply. Over 20% of Electrical Engineering Draftspersons and Technicians are employed in the Electricity Supply industry with a further 16% working in the Construction Services (National Industry Insights, 2020).

Insights

Average weekly earnings:  $1,784 per week

Mode of work: Most work full-time (87%)

Hours per week: full-time workers spend around 45 hours/ week at work.

Age: the average age is 42 years.

Gender: 7% workers are female

(Source: Joboutlook.gov.au)

Qualification Needed

Workers usually need a Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualification in electrical engineering or another related field to work as an Electrical Engineering Draftsperson or Technician.

Course Overview

Studies in electrical engineering will teach you how to use engineering applications and software, write specifications for projects, solve electrotechnology engineering problems, repair equipment, install wiring and appliances and much more.

Course Requirements

Most institutions require completion of Australian Year 11 or 12 (or equivalent), as well as a minimum IELTS score of 5.5 with no band score less than 5.

Costs

A 2-year packaged technical course costs between $14,000 and $18,000 per year, depending on the institution.

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