Electronic Instrument Trades Workers (General)
Electronic Instrument Trades Workers (General) install, modify, maintain and repair electronic instruments and control systems.
Also known as: Instrument and Control Service Person.
Specialisations: Communication Electronic Technician (Air Force), Electronic Technician (Navy).
A certificate III or IV in instrumentation and control or similar is usually needed to work as an Electronic Instrument Trades Worker (General).
Examines and tests machines, equipment, instruments and control systems to diagnose faults.
Adjusts, repairs, replaces worn and defective parts and wiring, and maintains machines, equipment and instruments, advises users of correct operating procedures to prevent malfunction.
Installs electronic instruments and control systems.
Applies knowledge of electrical, electronic, mechanical, hydraulic and pneumatic principles in commissioning and maintaining control systems.
Vocational Education and Training (VET)
JSA produces employment projections to show where likely future job opportunities may be. Employment projections data are only produced for occupations at the broad four digit Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO) level. While data are not available for this occupation, projections data are available for the parent occupation, Electronics Trades Workers, under the outlook section.
Earnings and hours
Around 94% of people employed as Electronic Instrument Trades Workers (General) work full-time hours, in all their jobs combined. This is 28 percentage points above the all jobs average (66%).
Full-time workers work an average of 48 hours per week in their main job. This is 4 hours more than the all jobs average (44 hours per week).
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||Electronic Instrument Trades Workers (General)||All Jobs Average|
Around 61% of Electronic Instrument Trades Workers (General) live in capital cities, similar to the all jobs average of 62%.
Western Australia and the Northern Territory 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 Electronic Instrument Trades Workers (General) is 33 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 6% of the workforce. This is 42 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||Electronic Instrument Trades Workers (General)||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
A certificate III or IV in instrumentation and control or similar is usually needed to work as an Electronic Instrument Trades Worker (General).
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Highest Level of Education (% Share)
|Type of Qualification||Electronic Instrument Trades Workers (General)||All Jobs Average|
|Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate||1.4||10.1|
|Year 10 and below||1.1||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 Electronics Trades Workers who are reliable, work well in a team and have a strong work ethic.
Skills can be improved through training or experience.
Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
57%Quality control analysis
Doing tests and checking products, services, or processes to make sure they are working properly.
Reading work related information.
Fixing machines or systems.
Figuring out why a machine or system went wrong and working out what to do about it.
Maintaining equipment and deciding what maintenance will be needed in the future.
Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem.
50%Complex problem solving
Noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it.
50%Operation and control
Controlling equipment or systems.
Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.
Deciding on the kind of tools and equipment needed to do a job.
Installing equipment, machines, wiring, or programs.
46%Judgment and decision making
Figuring out the pros and cons of different options and choosing the best one.
Keeping track of how well work is progressing so you can make changes or improvements.
Figuring out how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect it.
45%Coordination with others
Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.
Talking to others.
Being able to use what you have learnt to solve problems now and again in the future.
Writing things for co-workers or customers.
Talking people into changing their minds or their behaviour.
These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.
75%Computers and electronics
Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
Machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
70%Engineering and technology
Use engineering, science and technology to design and produce goods and services.
Design techniques, tools, and principles used to make detailed technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.
59%Education and training
Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
57%Building and construction
Materials, and methods used to construct or repair houses, buildings, or other structures like highways and roads.
The physical laws of matter, motion and energy, and how they interact through space and time.
English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
50%Production and processing
Raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and ways of making and distributing goods.
46%Customer and personal service
Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.
Chemical composition, structure, and properties. How chemicals are made, used, mixed, and can change.
45%Public safety and security
Use of equipment, rules and ideas to protect people, data, property, and institutions.
Word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office work.
Transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.
35%Administration and management
Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.
30%Law and government
How our laws and courts work. Government rules and regulations, and the political system.
27%Communications and media
Media production, communication, and dissemination. Includes written, spoken, and visual media.
26%Personnel and human resources
Recruiting and training people, managing pay and other entitlements (like sick leave), and negotiating pay and conditions.
Moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road.
Workers use these physical and mental abilities..
Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.
See details that are up-close (within a few feet).
Come up with different ways of grouping things.
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.
Notice when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong, even if you can't solve the problem.
Notice differences between colours, including shades of colour and brightness.
55%Flexibility of closure
See a pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) hidden in other distracting material.
55%Sorting or ordering
Order or arrange things in a pattern or sequence (e.g., numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
Read and understand written information.
Use lots of detailed information to come up with answers or make general rules.
Use your eyes to quickly compare groups of letters, numbers, pictures, or other things.
Communicate by speaking.
Quickly move your hand to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
Keep your hand or arm steady.
Pay attention to something without being distracted.
Quickly change the controls of a machine, car, truck or boat.
Come up with a number of ideas about a topic, even if the ideas aren't very good.
Speak clearly so others can understand you.
These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.
82%Working with electronic equipment
Servicing, repairing, calibrating, regulating, fine-tuning, or testing electronic devices and equipment.
71%Handling and moving objects
Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, moving and manipulating objects.
69%Keeping your knowledge up-to-date
Keeping up-to-date with technology and new ideas.
68%Working with mechanical equipment
Servicing, repairing, adjusting, and testing machines, devices, moving parts, and equipment.
68%Monitoring people, processes and things
Checking objects, actions, or events, and keeping an eye out for problems.
65%Planning and prioritising work
Deciding on goals and putting together a detailed plan to get the work done.
64%Building good relationships
Building good working relationships and keeping them over time.
63%Communicating within a team
Giving information to co-workers by telephone, in writing, or in person.
63%Documenting or recording information
Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.
63%Making decisions and solving problems
Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.
61%Looking for changes over time
Comparing objects, actions, or events. Looking for differences between them or changes over time.
60%Controlling equipment or machines
Operating machines or processes either directly or using controls (not including computers or vehicles).
60%Checking for errors or defects
Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials for errors, problems or defects.
59%Working with computers
Using computers to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.
Using your own ideas for developing, designing, or creating something new.
57%Doing physically active work
Use your arms, legs and whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling objects.
57%Collecting and organising information
Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or checking information or data.
56%Making sense of information and ideas
Looking at, working with, and understanding data or information.
54%Researching and investigating
Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.
53%Checking compliance with standards
Deciding whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.
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.
Ideas and thinking. Searching for facts and figuring out problems in your head.
Following set procedures and routines. Working with numbers and details more than with ideas, usually following rules.
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.
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.
Job security and good working conditions. There is usually a steady flow of interesting work, and the pay and conditions are generally good.
Results oriented. Workers are able to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment.
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.
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.
99%Wear common protective or safety equipment
Wear equipment like safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hard hats or life jackets.
Talk with people face-to-face.
93%Indoors, heat controlled
Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.
91%Freedom to make decisions
Have freedom to make decision on your own.
91%Contact with people
Have contact with people by telephone, face-to-face, or any other way.
Have freedom to decide on tasks, priorities, and goals.
86%Being exact or accurate
Be very exact or highly accurate.
Use electronic mail.
Talk on the telephone.
85%Using your hands to handle, control, or feel
Spend time using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools or controls.
79%Loud or uncomfortable sounds
Be exposed to noises and sounds that are distracting or uncomfortable.
79%Exposure to contaminants
Be exposed to pollutants, gases, dust or odours.
74%Lead or coordinate a team
Lead others to do work activities.
72%Health and safety of others
Take responsibility for the health and safety of others.
72%Responsible for outcomes
Take responsibility for the results of other people's work.
72%Impact of decisions
Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.
72%Letters and memos
Write letters and memos.
71%Frequent decision making
Frequently make decisions that impact other people.
71%Physically close to people
Work physically close to other people.
Work with people in a group or team.
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