The South Australian electrotechnology industry employs 8,600 people, which is 1.1% of South Australia’s workforce.

Future employment opportunities in this industry are good with numerous defence, mining and green energy projects as well as the electrification of the rail network.

Most people in this industry work in an electricity distribution company such as ETSA Utilities or as a sub-contractor.

Most of the jobs are in the northern and southern metropolitan areas, but there are pockets of jobs in eastern and western metropolitan areas, the Adelaide Hills and regional South Australia.

Job openings for skilled workers

Air conditioning and refrigeration mechanic

Electrical engineer



Quick facts about this industry

  • Science and maths are important to train and work in this industry.
  • Almost everyone works full-time in this industry.
  • The majority of the workforce holds a certificate III qualification or higher.
  • Many more men, than women, work in this industry.
  • People are generally younger than those in other industries.
  • To work in electrotechnology you must have normal colour vision (to see red and green wiring), enjoy practical work and have a strong commitment to safety.
  • Electronics trades workers earn from $800 to more than $1,000 per week. Most established full-time workers in this industry earn more than $1,500 per week or more. For all occupations, shift work and 24-hour call-outs are common, and these often attract wage bonuses.

School options

Ask your Vocational Education and Training (VET) Coordinator at school for information about doing vocational education during the South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE), including the Training Guarantee for SACE (or equivalent) students. Visit the VET section of the SACE website for training options in:

  • Electrotechnology

Vocational qualifications include:

  • Certificates III and IV in ESI – Power Systems with specialisations in distribution cable jointing, transmission overhead, distribution overhead, substations and rail traction
  • Diploma and Advanced Diploma of ESI – Power Systems Operations
  • Certificate IV in Electrical with specialisations in instrumentation, photovoltaic systems, renewable energy, data and voice communications, and fire protection control systems
  • Certificate III in Electrotechnology Electrician
  • Certificate III qualifications in  electronics and communications, gaming electronics, electrical machine repair and security equipment
  • Certificates III and IV in Air-conditioning and Refrigeration
  • Certificates II and III in Data and Voice Communications
  • Certificate II qualifications in computer assembly and repair, electronics, security assembly and set-up and sustainable energy
  • Certificate III qualifications in business equipment, computer systems equipment, electronics and communications, and instrumentation and control
  • Certificate IV in Industrial Electronics and Control

See courses related to this industry.

University disciplines include:

  • Computer and network systems engineering
  • Computer science
  • Electrical engineering
  • Electronic engineering
  • Engineering science
  • Mechatronic engineering
  • Nanotechnology
  • Robotics engineering

Explore university courses offered in South Australia, including courses from:

For more information about university courses visit South Australian Tertiary Admissions Centre (SATAC) or for information about student satisfaction visit Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT).

Apply to study

For application information for South Australian universities and some TAFE SA courses, visit the South Australian Tertiary Admissions Centre (SATAC).

For subsidised training enrolment information, see Enrolling in subsidised training.

For more information, call the Infoline on 1800 673 097.

Occupations in this industry

Electrotechnology is a hi-tech industry that covers all aspects of electrical generation, electricity distribution, electrical apparatus, electronic technologies, instrumentation and communication technologies.

Electrotechnology is a fundamental part of everyday life. Working in the industry may lead to a specialised job in:

  • light and power
  • managing water treatment, gas distribution automation and factory automation
  • generating electricity, either traditionally or via gas, solar or wind generation
  • electricity distribution and electrical installation or charging electric vehicles
  • apparatus that requires electricity, such as refrigeration, TV, radio and other electronics.

Electrotechnology has a strong future and, due to reliance on modern technology, demand for people to work in this industry has never been greater.

Electricians install, maintain, repair, test and commission electrical and electronic equipment and systems for industrial, commercial and domestic purposes. They may also work on electrical transmission and distribution equipment.

Key occupations

Other occupations in this industry include:

Boiler attendant, cable jointer, electrical engineering draftsperson and technician, electrical linesperson, chemical, gas, petroleum and power generation plant operator, electronic equipment technician, electronics engineering associate, electronics engineering technician or power generation plant operator.

Related industries for these occupations

Useful links


Career information has been sourced from government publications. See data sources for more information.

Share Print

Choose your career

Search courses

See what courses are available for this industry

Discover your career path

myfuture helps you to discover career paths and ideas and plan your career direction.