Electrical and Telecommunications Trades Assistants
Electrical or Telecommunications Trades Assistants assist Electrotechnology and Telecommunications Trades Workers to install and maintain electrical and telecommunications systems.
Installs, maintains, repairs and diagnoses malfunctions of electrical or telecommunications systems.
To conform with regulations and safety requirements.
Performs a range of manual tasks such as digging, lifting, cutting and laying cable to assist trade workers.
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Vocational Education and Training (VET)
Informal or on-the-job
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Earnings and hours
Around 74% of people employed as Electrical and Telecommunications Trades Assistants work full-time hours, in all their jobs combined. This is 8 percentage points above the all jobs average (66%).
Full-time workers work an average of 44 hours per week in their main job. This is the same as the all jobs average.
Sources:Full-time share and full-time hours: ABS, 2016 Census, customised report. Compared to the all jobs average.
Employment across Australia
Employment by State and Territory (% Share)
|State||Electrical and Telecommunications Trades Assistants||All Jobs Average|
Around 48% of Electrical and Telecommunications Trades Assistants live outside of capital cities, compared with the all jobs average of 38%.
Queensland and Western Australia have a large share of employment relative to their population size.
The regions with the largest share of workers are:
Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian states, territories and regions, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age and gender
The median age of Electrical and Telecommunications Trades Assistants is 34 years. This is younger than the all jobs average of 40 years.
A large share of workers are aged 25 to 34 years.
Females make up 7% of the workforce. This is 41 percentage points below the all jobs average of 48%.
Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile and gender share compared to the all jobs average.
Age Profile (% Share)
|Age Bracket||Electrical and Telecommunications Trades Assistants||All Jobs Average|
|65 and Over||1.6||4.2|
Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Education, training and experience
Formal qualifications are not usually required to work as an Electrical or Telecommunications Trades Assistant. Some workers have a Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualification in electrical or telecommunications.
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Highest Level of Education (% Share)
|Type of Qualification||Electrical and Telecommunications Trades Assistants||All Jobs Average|
|Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate||0.5||10.1|
|Year 10 and below||24.7||12.5|
Source: ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
Skills and Knowledge
Employers look for Labourers who are reliable, have a good work ethic and can work well in a team.
Skills can be improved through training or experience.
Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.
41%Coordination with others
Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.
Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem.
Reading work related information.
Maintaining equipment and deciding what maintenance will be needed in the future.
37%Operation and control
Controlling equipment or systems.
37%Quality control analysis
Doing tests and checking products, services, or processes to make sure they are working properly.
Fixing machines or systems.
Figuring out why a machine or system went wrong and working out what to do about it.
Installing equipment, machines, wiring, or programs.
Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
34%Complex problem solving
Noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it.
34%Judgment and decision making
Figuring out the pros and cons of different options and choosing the best one.
Talking to others.
Being able to use what you have learnt to solve problems now and again in the future.
Keeping track of how well work is progressing so you can make changes or improvements.
Deciding on the kind of tools and equipment needed to do a job.
Managing your own and other peoples' time to get work done.
Understanding why people react the way they do.
Teaching people how to do something.
These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.
Machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
54%Customer and personal service
Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.
53%Building and construction
Materials, and methods used to construct or repair houses, buildings, or other structures like highways and roads.
Design techniques, tools, and principles used to make detailed technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
Moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road.
Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.
The physical laws of matter, motion and energy, and how they interact through space and time.
38%Engineering and technology
Use engineering, science and technology to design and produce goods and services.
38%Education and training
Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
36%Public safety and security
Use of equipment, rules and ideas to protect people, data, property, and institutions.
Transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.
29%Law and government
How our laws and courts work. Government rules and regulations, and the political system.
27%Administration and management
Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.
21%Computers and electronics
Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
21%Production and processing
Raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and ways of making and distributing goods.
Human behaviour; differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; research methods; assessing and treating disorders.
17%Sales and marketing
Showing, promoting, and selling including marketing strategy, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.
Chemical composition, structure, and properties. How chemicals are made, used, mixed, and can change.
Word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office work.
Workers use these physical and mental abilities..
Bend, stretch, twist, or reach with your body, arms, and/or legs.
Quickly move your hand to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
See details that are up-close (within a few feet).
Notice differences between colours, including shades of colour and brightness.
Listen to and understand what people say.
Imagine how something will look after it is moved around or changed.
Put together small parts with your fingers.
Keep your hand or arm steady.
Keep your balance or stay upright.
Lift, push, pull, or carry things.
Use your abdominal and lower back muscles a number of times without 'giving out' or fatiguing.
Use your arms and/or legs at the same time while sitting, standing, or lying down.
Notice when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong, even if you can't solve the problem.
43%Sorting or ordering
Order or arrange things in a pattern or sequence (e.g., numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
Quickly change the controls of a machine, car, truck or boat.
Use lots of detailed information to come up with answers or make general rules.
Communicate by speaking.
Come up with different ways of grouping things.
Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.
Speak clearly so others can understand you.
These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.
84%Handling and moving objects
Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, moving and manipulating objects.
76%Doing physically active work
Use your arms, legs and whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling objects.
68%Keeping your knowledge up-to-date
Keeping up-to-date with technology and new ideas.
67%Building good relationships
Building good working relationships and keeping them over time.
62%Monitoring people, processes and things
Checking objects, actions, or events, and keeping an eye out for problems.
57%Looking for changes over time
Comparing objects, actions, or events. Looking for differences between them or changes over time.
55%Working with electronic equipment
Servicing, repairing, calibrating, regulating, fine-tuning, or testing electronic devices and equipment.
55%Communicating within a team
Giving information to co-workers by telephone, in writing, or in person.
54%Checking for errors or defects
Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials for errors, problems or defects.
54%Coaching and developing others
Working out the needs of others and coaching, mentoring, or helping them to improve.
53%Making decisions and solving problems
Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.
52%Coordinating the work of a team
Getting members of a group to work together to finish a task.
51%Planning and prioritising work
Deciding on goals and putting together a detailed plan to get the work done.
47%Checking compliance with standards
Deciding whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.
46%Collecting and organising information
Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or checking information or data.
43%Leading and encouraging a team
Encouraging and building trust, respect, and cooperation among team members.
42%Driving vehicles or equipment
Running, manoeuvring, navigating, or driving things like forklifts, vehicles, aircraft, or water craft.
36%Estimating amounts, costs and resources
Working out sizes, distances, amounts, time, costs, resources, or materials needed for a task.
35%Helping and caring for others
Providing personal assistance, medical attention, or emotional support.
32%Researching and investigating
Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.
Interests and demands
Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.
Interests are the style or type of work we prefer to do. All interest areas are shown below.
Practical, hands-on work. Often with plants and animals, or materials like wood, tools, and machinery.
Following set procedures and routines. Working with numbers and details more than with ideas, usually following rules.
Ideas and thinking. Searching for facts and figuring out problems in your head.
Starting up and carrying out projects. Leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes require risk taking and often deal with business.
Working with forms, designs and patterns. Often need self-expression and can be done without following rules.
Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.
Supportive management that stands behind employees. Workers are treated fairly by their company, they are supported by management, and have supervisors who train them well.
Serve and work with others. Workers usually get along well with each other, do things to help other people, and are rarely pressured to do things that go against their sense of right and wrong.
Job security and good working conditions. There is usually a steady flow of interesting work, and the pay and conditions are generally good.
Work alone and make decisions. Workers are able to try out their own ideas, make decisions on their own, and work with little or no supervision.
Advancement and the potential to lead. Workers are recognised for the work that they do, they may give directions and instructions to others, and they are looked up to in their company and their community.
Results oriented. Workers are able to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment.
Talk with people face-to-face.
93%Spend time standing
Spend time standing at work.
93%Using your hands to handle, control, or feel
Spend time using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools or controls.
91%Wear common protective or safety equipment
Wear equipment like safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hard hats or life jackets.
91%Being exact or accurate
Be very exact or highly accurate.
86%Contact with people
Have contact with people by telephone, face-to-face, or any other way.
81%Cramped work space
Work in an awkward position or in cramped work spaces.
81%Frequent decision making
Frequently make decisions that impact other people.
80%Bending or twisting your body
Spend time bending or twisting your body.
Work near dangerous equipment like saws, machinery with open moving parts, or moving traffic.
Work to strict deadlines.
79%Health and safety of others
Take responsibility for the health and safety of others.
78%Loud or uncomfortable sounds
Be exposed to noises and sounds that are distracting or uncomfortable.
78%Climbing ladders, scaffolds, or poles
Spend time climbing ladders, scaffolds, or poles.
77%Exposure to contaminants
Be exposed to pollutants, gases, dust or odours.
77%Very hot or cold temperatures
Work in very hot or cold temperatures.
Work with people in a group or team.
Work near dangers like high voltage electricity, flammable material, explosives or chemicals.
76%Outdoors, exposed to weather
Work outdoors, exposed to the weather.
75%Impact of decisions
Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.
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The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 47-3013.00 - Helpers--Electricians.