Before deciding on a career in the electrical trade, you need to know what skills are required to train as an electrician. You need to check whether you have those skills and if a career in electrical is a good fit for you. We’ve outlined key qualities that will help you decide if you want to be an electrician.
1) Basic Maths & Physics
To become an electrician, you don’t need to be a genius at maths or advanced physics. Although, you will need basic algebra and physics that you most likely learned in school. If you hate math, an electrical career is not for you. Math is essential to almost everything an electrician does, whether it’s taking measurements for cabling or calculating power and current ratings for cables. If you intend to perform advanced electrical jobs further in your career you will also need knowledge of physics.
2) Problem-solving skills
To become a good electrician, you should have logical thinking and problem-solving abilities. You’ll be diagnosing problems and coming up with the best solutions to fix them all day. Every single day you will face complex tasks. e.g. Why is the circuit breaker tripping so frequently? What is the most cost-effective method for wiring this system? etc.
You can solve any complex problem if you know how to exercise patience, logical thinking, and prioritise safety.
Electricians usually have to work collaboratively with a diverse group of people such as project managers, homeowners, engineers, etc.
The project’s size will determine whether you work alone or with a team. If you are assigned to large commercial building projects, you will need to work with other electricians, tradesmen, contractors, and engineers. project managers.
4) Good communication skills
Having good communication skills includes being able to convey a clear message through talking, writing and being able to listen and understand what other people tell you. All those are important aspects of communication.
Communication skills play a very important role in an electrician’s life. You must be able to communicate with a wide range of customers, including people with different occupations including architects, builders, contractors, tradesmen, and also homeowners for private jobs.
5) Good English skills
It is essential to have excellent English writing skills to be a successful electrician in Australia. If you’re running your own business or working for a company, you should know how to read and interpret wiring rules, regulations, standards, & drawings, and so on.
If you’re assigned to a complex project, you need to use your English skills to interact easily with engineers, managers & clients, to understand the problems, rules, regulations, drawings, etc.
6) Great customer service
Customer service is one of the most important aspects of being a good electrician.
You should be able to:
- Understand the needs of customers by listening to them.
- Convey your ideas so that someone who is not working in the field can understand them
- Keep track of the customer’s expectations throughout the project.
7) Technical ability
Electricians must be able to think about the technical requirements of a project, which require strong math, physics, and technical problem-solving abilities.
Electricians must keep up with changes in technology to be able to efficiently solve any problem using tools, devices, processes/procedures available to them.
Education & Training for an Electrician
Apprenticeships are usually required to become an electrician. Although entry requirements vary, most employers require Year 10 while some may prefer Year 12. If you are already an Electrician and want better opportunities, you can upskill with short electrical courses and get ahead in your career.
AUSINET offers a variety of specialised courses to help students pursue their chosen career paths. Our trainers have 20+ years of industry experience and can help students upskill. We, at AUSINET will be happy to assist you in choosing the best training course based on your goals. If you have any questions email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at (08) 6244 2575.
Last reviewed date: 01/01/2024