Could you see yourself working as an engineering technician or electrical engineer, in the design and development of electrical equipment and products? Or maybe you're more interested in exploring solar technology and alternative power sources, or in working out in the field installing and repairing our vast network of power lines, cables and generators. Perhaps you'd like to have your own electrician business one day, providing domestic and commercial installations and services.
Constant changes and improvements in technology provide great career opportunities in the electrical and engineering fields, and it all starts with the right training – most of the occupations require specialist skills and knowledge. In most cases you can start with an apprenticeship, which gives you the opportunity to complete your qualification while you're actually working in the industry and gaining valuable experience.
And once you've chosen your career path, you can go on to further study with vocational education and training in a specialised area like the Certificate IV in Engineering (Instrumentation), or keep building your skills with higher-level qualifications like the Advanced Diploma of Engineering Technology (Electrical).
The Western Power story
Western Power is a Western Australian State Government owned corporation with a vision to deliver on the changing energy needs of Western Australians. In this short video you'll hear from a manager and two employees; Jared Stone and Megan Feaver (WA Apprentice of the Year 2018), about working in this industry – what they enjoy about their work, and the benefits of training.
“One of the great things for me about vocational education and training is that if you really commit yourself to it and you really sink in to your field of knowledge and your field of study, the opportunities can be endless.”
Jared Stone, Primary Plant Technician - DC Systems Tradesman, Western Power
Winner of the WA Apprentice of the Year 2015, WA Training Awards
Winner of the Australian Apprentice of the Year 2015, Australian Training Awards