Communications operator


What they do

Communications operators maintain, adjust and repair electronic equipment and also transmit and receive radio messages.

Equipment can include commercial and office machines, video and audio equipment, and electronic instruments and control systems.

Specialisations include: Communication Information Systems Sailor (Navy), Communications and Information Systems Controller (Air Force), Operator Specialist Communications (Army)

Working conditions

Communications operators work for business machine and equipment manufacturing, sales, hire or service firms. They may also work for independent providers of machine maintenance service.

Tools and technologies

A communications operator may use: spanners; wrenches; Allen keys; screw drivers; vernier and calliper gauges; taps and dies; assorted drifts, punches and chisels; hammers; drills; pullers and extractors and diagnostic tools, such as ammeter/voltmeter. Compressors may be used to power machines and air tools to minimise risk of fire.

How do I become one?

Education and training

To become a communications operator you usually need to complete a qualification in electronics and communications.

The Certificate IV in Electronics and Communications is offered at TAFE Colleges and other registered organisations throughout Western Australia.

You can also complete an apprenticeship or traineeship. The electronics and communications traineeship usually takes 12 months to complete.

The electronic servicing (communications) or (digital) apprenticeships usually take 48 months to complete and are available as school-based apprenticeships.

Apprenticeships and traineeships

As an apprentice or trainee, you enter into a formal training contract with an employer, enabling you to complete training towards a nationally recognised qualification. You spend  time working and learning practical skills on the job and you spend some time undertaking structured training with a registered training provider.

You can do an apprenticeship or traineeship if you are a school-leaver, re-entering the workforce or as an adult or mature-aged person wishing to change careers. You can even begin your apprenticeship or traineeship while you're still at school.

If you are still at school you can access an apprenticeship through your school. Talk to your school's VET Co-ordinator to start your training now through VET in Schools. If you are no longer at school you can apply for an apprenticeship or traineeship and get paid while you learn and work.