Electrician Kaimahi Hiko

Electricians test, install, maintain and repair electrical systems and equipment.

Electricians need to be registered with the Electrical Workers Registration Board, unless they:

  • are going to work under the supervision of somebody else who is registered
  • need extra work experience while they are training, in which case they need a Limited Certificate.

Electricians need to complete a competency programme every two years to refresh their knowledge and renew their licence.

Electricians may do some or all of the following:

  • interpret electrical information on diagrams and plans
  • check for errors in diagrams and plans
  • install electrical wiring and equipment
  • repair and replace electrical wiring, parts and equipment
  • safety-test work
  • keep records of problems they find, and the work they do
  • prepare job and other quotes, or provide information for quotes. 

Physical Requirements

Electricians need to:

  • have normal colour vision, as they need to identify different-coloured cables
  • be reasonably fit, healthy and strong, as the work involves climbing and lifting
  • be comfortable working in confined spaces and at heights, as they may need to crawl through tight spaces under buildings and above ceilings.

Useful Experience

Useful experience for electricians includes construction or engineering work.

Personal Qualities

Electricians need to be:

  • accurate and methodical
  • practical and logical
  • good communicators
  • able to work well alone or in a team
  • safety-conscious
  • good at problem solving.

Useful Experience

Useful experience for electricians includes construction or engineering work.

Subject Recommendations

A minimum of 14 numeracy credits and 10 literacy credits at NCEA Level 1 are usually required to enter an apprenticeship.

For Year 11 to 13 learners, trades academies and the STAR and Gateway programmes are good ways to gain relevant experience and skills.

These programmes may help you gain an apprenticeship, but do not reduce the amount of time it takes to complete it.

You can also participate in Bright Sparks, which organises competitions, support and NCEA-approved training for students who are interested in electronics and robotics. 

Electricians can earn around $19-$23 per hour per year.

Chances of getting a job as a Electrician are good due to a shortage of people interested in this type of work.

Electricians may progress to become:

  • project managers
  • consultants at building construction companies or engineering firms
  • site supervisors.

With further training they may also progress to become:

  • electrical inspectors
  • electrical engineering technicians
  • electrical engineers.

Electricians may specialise in:

  • low-voltage electrical work on houses, and commercial or industrial buildings
  • high-voltage electrical work (over 1000 volts) on power stations, substations and other sites.

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