Career pathways

Career pathways

Career pathways

There are a range of career options and pathways available for electrical trades in New Zealand.

Electrician, Line Mechanic and Electrical Engineering are just some of the career options available. The outlook for electrical careers in New Zealand is good due to the construction boom and a shortage of suitable electrical workers within the industry.

To become a qualified and licensed electrical worker can take as little as 2 years to become an electrical serviceperson, or 4 years to become an electrician or electrical engineer.

To do prescribed electrical work in New Zealand requires registration and licensing. We have 16 classes of registration, each with different requirements, limits of work and career opportunities.

Electrical trade classes

Electrician

Work ranges from wiring up domestic houses to maintaining equipment in a large industrial plant.

Training and getting experience takes 4 years. If you want to work while training you will need a Limited Certificate.

Electrical Service Technician

Work includes servicing commercial refrigeration units and maintaining 3-phase electrical equipment.

Training plus getting experience will take 18 months.

Electrical Appliance Service Person (endorsed to disconnect and connect)

Work ranges from repairing a household appliance to maintaining gaming machines.

Training can take up to 2 years.

Distribution Line Mechanic

Work includes installing and maintaining overhead and underground power lines from substations, installations and restoring power after big storms.

Training and getting the required experience will take 2 years.

Distribution Line Mechanic (Endorsed)

Work includes repairing or replacing faulty components in a distribution network, consumer installation, fault response and switching.

Training and getting the required experience will take 2 years.

Transmission Line Mechanic

Work includes installing high voltage transmission lines from power stations to sub-stations.

Training and getting the required experience will take 2 years.

Traction Line Mechanic

Work includes installing and maintaining power lines used in the rail network as well as by tramways and trolley buses.

Training and getting the required experience will take 2 years.

Substation Maintainer

Work involves installation and maintenance of conductors and fittings within a power substation.

Training and getting the required experience will take 3 years.

Electrical Installer

Work ranges from installing security systems to installing air-conditioning units or renewable energy systems.

Training can take 2 to 3 years.

Cable Jointer

Work involves installing and joining high voltage power lines.

Training and getting the required experience will take 2 years.

Electrical Engineer

Work includes designing the electrical wiring of a building and doing the work of an electrician.

Training can take up to 4 years (including your qualification) and combines work experience as well as completing an electrical engineering degree or diploma. Depending on your work experience your registration may have a limitation imposed.

Electrical Inspector

Work ranges from inspecting the work done by electricians to doing the work of an electrician

Training can take just a few weeks if you are already an electrician and have been for 3 years.

Associated Tradesperson

Work ranges from installing water heaters to servicing waste disposal units.Training can take just a few weeks if you are already a plumber and/or gasfitter.

Master Plumbers and Gasfitters has a course co-ordination.

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