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5 Career Opportunities with the Certificate III in Electrotechnology Electrician

Considering a career in electrotechnology? Want to develop a specialised skill that is in high demand? If you’ve earned your Certificate III in Electrotechnology Electrician, then a whole bevy of career opportunities await you.

Check out these awesome careers and imagine where your career can take you.

Independant electrician

If you’ve ever dreamed about being your own boss, then owning and managing your own business might be just right for you. When homeowners want to add another addition to their houses or rework the wiring to make the house more practical, they’ll rely on an independant electrician to take a look at the home and decide how to best complete the work.

An independant electrician usually works one on one with customers and helps with home renovation projects. They can also do repairs and help homeowners troubleshoot an electrical problem. When old homes need an upgrade in electrical wiring, they’ll call an independant electrician to assess the work and complete it.

Maintenance electricians

When you’re driving past large factories or power plants, do you ever wonder who is responsible for keeping those engines running and the electricity pumping? Most factories and power plants have private electricians on site who are responsible for maintaining the electrical systems throughout the building. Maintenance electricians complete daily checkups to look for signs of a breakdown before it happens.

When something breaks down in the facility, it will be up to the maintenance electrician to go over the electrical wiring and try to determine the problem. Once they know what’s wrong, these electricians will repair it and look for any other potential hazards that could cause another breakdown.

Without these electricians, many of these factories and power plants would never be able to run so well. They’re responsible for keeping productivity up and breakdowns scarce.

Mining electricians

Those who work in mines rely on heavily on their technology to get a job done well. Because mines are often in more remote areas, they need electricians on site to keep everything running smoothly. Mining electricians have similar jobs when compared to maintenance electricians. They are both responsible for the upkeep, installation and repair of electrical work throughout the area. If something breaks down, both of these electricians will snap into action to fix it.

Of course, the location is much different for mining electricians. They need to be down in the mines with the other miners so that they can easily repair and maintain the equipment. As mining equipment handles a lot of wear and tear while being used, electricians are essential for the mine to function properly.

Another big difference between maintenance and mining electricians would be the level of danger they experience. Mining electricians are in a much more hazardous environment, and there’s a better chance that they could be severely injured while on the job.

Construction electricians

Building new homes can be a lot of fun, and as a construction electrician, you get to be a major part of the building process in your company. After all, who’s going to want to live in a house with no electricity?

As an electrician with a construction company, you’ll work with builders and go over the blue print to effectively layout the home or building’s electrical work. You’ll decide where the fuse box will need to go, and you’ll have to make sure there are electrical outlets in the rooms for people to plug in electronics. You may also have to consider cable and internet wires that may need to run throughout the building.

Once construction on the building commences, the construction electrician will start going through the building and installing the equipment and wiring. They will be responsible for not only installation but inspection as well. before the building is complete, the construction electrician will have to ensure that everything is up to code and safe.

This type of electrician is similar to the independant electrician. The difference is that construction electricians work directly for a building company. Independant electricians may be hired by building companies, but they also do work for private citizens.


When a car slams into a pole and one of the power lines snap, the local linesmen are on the job. These electricians are usually employed by the power company, and they’re responsible for climbing poles and fixing the wires when they break or are simply in need of an upgrade.

Linesmen are responsible for installing as well as maintaining the power transmission and the distributing facilities in the area. Their work usually involves working with both telephone and power lines to ensure that all wires are kept in good condition and that any repairs are done in a timely manner.

Like mining electricians, linesmen also have hazardous jobs. They can fall off telephone poles or touch a hot wire. If the voltage is turned up too high, a linesman could get a nasty shock. For these reasons, safety is the top concern for employers, and linesmen are instructed to put their safety before their job.

Nowadays, linesmen are receiving more specialised training so that they can lay down cable and internet wires along with the electrical wires. This will require additional training, so you may need to continue with school before becoming a full linesman.

When it comes to being an electrician, just having a Certificate III in Electrotechnology Electrician will put you off to a good start, but you can always continue your education. What type of electrician do you want to be?

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