Electronic equipment trades worker

What they do

Electronic equipment trades workers maintain, adjust and repair computers, photocopiers, fax machines, cash registers and other electronic commercial and office machines.

Tasks may include testing and fault finding, reassembling equipment and advising users of correct operating procedures.

Electronic equipment trades workers must be aware of safety regulations and must often wear and use supplied protective equipment.

Working conditions

Electronic equipment trades workers are employed in the building, retail, wholesale and manufacturing industries. Some work for government organisations. Others work as self-employed contractors, or are employed by other contractors. The telecommunications and IT aspects of the industry are becoming increasingly important.

Tools and technologies

An electronic equipment trades worker may use:
1000V Rated Tools; AC Detectors/Testers; adjustable wrenches; cable cutters; cable tie guns; cable strippers; crimpers; modular plugs; terminals; crimper die sets and frames; diagonal/micro cutters; electrician scissors; ESD extractors, screwdrivers/cutters and ESD static protection; heat shrink guns; hex key sets; IC insertion tools; pick-up tools; pliers; precision screwdrivers; solder aids and tools; workbench magnifiers; wiring installation tools and wire strippers.

How do I become one?

Education and training

To become an electronic equipment trades worker, you usually need to complete an apprenticeship. The electronic servicing (communications), (digital) or (television)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.