The various sectors of the Utilities and Electrotechnology industry provide an array of career prospects to those looking for rewarding and cutting-edge technology opportunities and pathways.


The Electrotechnology and the Electricity Supply Industry (ESI) sector typically cover such work as design, research, assemble, install, construct, diagnose, maintain, commission, program, test or repair of; networks, systems, circuits, equipment, components, appliances, facilities and the like in the fields of electronics electrical, communications including telecommunications – voice, data, video and information technology, computer systems, instrumentation, lifts, refrigeration and air conditioning, and renewable/sustainable energy engineering. 

Most occupations in this group have an entry level of skill commensurate with an AQF Certificate III or higher qualification.  In some instances, relevant experience is required in addition to a formal qualification. A large body of the skills and knowledge that are applied in the industry sector are codified or detailed in the competency standards are contained the National Electrotechnology Training Package. The competency standards are combined to form national qualifications or skills sets.

The qualifications are typically aligned to the generally reside within the family of Electrotechnology vocations classified and grouped as occupations under ANZSCO (Australian and New Zealand Standards Classification of Occupation) system, which is managed and maintained by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).

This group also includes electricity generation, transmission and distribution which covers in relation to electricity power generation – Thermal, Hydro, Solar, Wind, Bio-fuels, alternative power systems, and in relation to electricity transmission, distribution and rail transmission, systems control.

Typical groups represented are, as follows:

2125 Electrical and Electronics Engineers

2128-15 Electrical of Electronics Engineering Technologist

2231 Computing Professionals

3123 Electrical Engineering Associate Professionals

3124 Electronic Engineering Associate Professionals

3294 Computing Support Technicians

4212 Automotive Electricians

4311 Electricians

4312 Refrigeration and Air-conditioning Mechanics

4313 Electrical Distribution Tradespersons

4314 Electronic Instrument Tradespersons

4315 Electronic and Office Equipment Tradespersons

4316 Communications Tradespersons

4992-17 Broadcast Transmitter Operator

9212 Product Assemblers

9918 Electrical and Telecommunications Trades Assistants


Utilities, excluding the ESI sector, the Gas Industry sector covers such work as inspect, install, modify, service, maintain and respond to incidents concerning gas transmission pipelines, gas distribution networks or gas cylinders and associated facilities and equipment.

Most occupations in this group have an entry level of skill commensurate with an AQF Certificate II or higher qualification. 

A submission has been made the ABS to update ANZSCO to include an array of occupations covering gas workers. There is no current classification assigned to such workers and the industry proposal to ABS recommends the following addition to ANZSCO so that data can be captured of worker numbers and the classification can be used to promote occupations to career aspirants:

395 Gas Networks Technicians

39511 Gas transmission pipelines technician

39515 Gas distribution technician

39520 Gas storage vessel technician

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