We get many calls and emails from young (and not-so-young) people who want to become Darwin electricians. This always motivates me as it’s great to chat to others who are passionate about learning hands-on skills and ensuring Darwin homes are safe and operating in-line with the rules and regulations of our industry. I also enjoy speaking to those who are passionate about the softer side of being an electrician – the part where you help people create the homes they dream about.
Becoming an electrician can seem daunting at first so I’ve pulled together a few tips.
- To become an electrician you will need to complete an apprenticeship. You will undertake formal learning through a trade school as part of this apprenticeship and you will be able to negotiate time to do this with your employer.
- To gain an apprenticeship you will need to contact licenced electricians and ask them to take you on as an apprentice. I highly recommend that you think through the approach you make to potential employers. If you will be sending emails, check for typos and attach a CV. If you will be making phone calls, introduce yourself clearly and set out what you are seeking (an apprenticeship) and why.
- Once you have an apprenticeship your conditions will be protected by legislation like any other employee. If you are unsure about anything that is being asked of you, your pay rate, or any conditions being imposed on you, don’t be afraid to contact the Fair Work Commission.
- Once you have completed your apprenticeship you will need to apply for your licence.
As a general bit of advice, I recommend this job to those who enjoy math and who have patience! There are some days when you will only fault find and this requires the type of mind that won’t let go of a puzzle until it is solved. You will also need to be physically fit and capable of getting stuck into the occasional dirty job (ceiling spaces aren’t known for their cleanliness!).
A wonderful organisation to check out is the National Electrical and Communications Association. Their website has a lot of information and membership offers many benefits to those in the industry including, of particular interest to those seeking an apprenticeship, networking opportunities.