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Electronic instrument trades worker (general)

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Summary of occupation

An electronic instrument trades worker installs, modifies, maintains and repairs electronic instruments and control systems.

These instruments measure and control temperature, pressure and flow-in processes used in industries such as petro-chemical, mining, food processing and manufacturing.

Registration or licensing may be required.

ANZSCO description: Installs, modifies, maintains and repairs electronic instruments and control systems. Registration or licensing may be required.
Alternative names: Instrument and Control Service Person, Instrumentation worker
Specialisations: Communication Electronic Technician (Air Force), Electronic Technician (Navy)
Job prospects: Average
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Knowledge, skills and attributes

Electronic instrument trades workers need to:

  • enjoy technical and engineering work
  • be able to analyse and solve problems
  • be able to perform intricate work
  • have an aptitude for mechanics and electronics
  • be physically fit
  • have good eyesight (may be corrected) and normal colour vision.
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Working conditions

Instrumentation tradespersons may work in the minerals and pulp and paper industries, power stations, oil refineries, chemical processing plants and hospitals. Industry is increasingly using instruments in the monitoring and control of various processes.

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Salary details

On average, electronic instrumentation trades workers, classified under electronics trades workers, can expect to earn between $1 000 and $1 249 per week ($52 000 and $64 999 per year), depending on the organisation they work for, and their level of experience. As an electronic instrumentation trades worker develops their skills, their earning potential will generally increase.

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Tools and technologies

An electronic instrument 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.

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Education and training/entrance requirements

To become an electronic instrumentation trades worker you usually need to complete an electrician apprenticeship, followed with a post-graduate qualification in electrical instrumentation.

To work with electrical instrumentation in Western Australia, you must obtain an electrician’s licence. Contact EnergySafety for more information.

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Apprenticeships and traineeships

As an apprentice or trainee, you enter into a formal training contract with an employer. You spend most of your time working and learning practical skills on the job and you spend some time undertaking structured training with a registered training provider of your choice. They will assess your skills and when you are competent in all areas, you will be awarded a nationally recognised qualification.

If you are still at school you can access an apprenticeship through your school. You generally start your school based apprenticeship by attending school three days a week, spending one day at a registered training organisation and one day at work. Talk to your school's VET Co-ordinator to start your training now through VET in Schools. If you get a full-time apprenticeship you can apply to leave school before reaching the school leaving age.

If you are no longer at school you can apply for an apprenticeship or traineeship and get paid while you learn and work.

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Recognition of prior learning

If you think you already have some of the skills or competencies, obtained either through non-formal or informal learning, you may be able to gain credit through recognition of prior learning.

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