If you have a passion for learning about electricity and enjoy working with your hands then a career as an Electrician could be for you.
From switching the lights on at your house, to switching your computer on at school or at work, all the way to powering plant stations – everyone uses electricity in one way or another but we don’t know everything there is to know about electrical connections and how to fix any electrical problems that may come up…that is where Electricians come in, they know cables and connections better than the average person.
Electricians install, test, maintain and modify electrical equipment, wiring and control systems. It is key for Electricians to be adaptable and flexible as these skills are put to regular use in this career.
You will need to have taken the following subjects at high school:
- Pure Mathematics
- Physical Science (Note: this could be a required subject at some institutions)
The following institutions are highly recommended for further studies:
- Intec College
- College SA
There is no APS required for becoming an electrician, however a minimum pass of a Level 4 in mathematics is needed. It is key that you check with the institution of choice for further details about the requirements for the programmes offered.
National Diploma or certificate are acceptable for applying for job as an Electrician.
You will need to have the following skills to succeed as an Electrician:
- Communication Skills
- Problem-solving Skills
- Detail Oriented
- Self-motivation and Resilience
- Analytical Skills
- Interpersonal Skills
- Customer Service
- Good Physical Health
There is a range of environments that you can work in as an Electrician. Here are some of the possibilities:
- Housing Development Organisations
- Commercial Organisations
- Industrial Organisations
- Institutional Organisations
Working hours are not standard for all Electricians, however most work 40-hours a week with overtime when required. In some cases, it is common to find an Electrician working in the evening or over the weekends, depending on whether they are contractors for themselves or if they work for an organisation.
Currently, Electricians can earn between R 27 000 and R 408 000, with an average of R 235 483. Experience and qualifications are factors that influence what the salary will be, as well as how often you work.
Here are a few things you can expect from a career as an Electrician:
- The career is physically demanding and requires maintaining a healthy mind and body
- Traveling is a common occurrence in this line of work, depending on the organisation you work for, travelling could include travelling nationally or internationally
- There is room for growth within this career, with some Electricians eventually becoming managers
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