Electronic engineering draftspersons and technicians are involved in the research, design, operation and maintenance of electrical equipment, circuitry, and facilities (eg substations). They prepare plans and diagrams of electrical installations and perform tests on electrical components.
Where electronic engineering draftspersons and technicians are employed
Electronic engineering draftspersons and technicians work in a range of industries, including manufacturing, mining, minerals, construction, energy and water supply, storage and transport, domestic and commercial electronics service and retail. Some work for government organisations or as contractors on their own behalf or are employed by other contractors.
The data communications and information technology aspects of the industry are becoming increasingly important as new technologies alter the way businesses operate. Recent developments such as home automation and the integration of systems such as data communications suggest the current rapid rate of technological change in the industry will continue to accelerate.
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Full-time electronic engineering draftspersons and technicians in South Australia generally earn between $1,000 and $1,249 per week.
In 2011 there were 340 people employed full-time as electronic engineering draftspersons and technicians in South Australia compared with 525 in 2006.
How to become one
To become an electronic engineering draftsperson and technician you usually have to complete an apprenticeship or traineeship in electrotechnology electrician, electrotechnology - systems electrician or engineering - electrical/electronic trade. Entry requirements may vary but employers generally require year 10 and some may prefer year 12. For more information see apprenticeships and traineeships. Ask your career adviser about starting this training in school.
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Licensing and registration requirements
In South Australia there are no licensing or registration requirements.
Engineering is a self-regulated profession that focuses on professional recognition through membership with professional bodies to gain professional standing within the industry. Many employers prefer candidates with recognition and or membership with Engineers Australia.
The highest level of formal recognition is through the Chartered Status Professional Development pathway with Engineers Australia.
Recognition of qualifications and skills obtained outside Australia
For engineers that have completed their training overseas it is helpful to have overseas skills and qualifications assessed when looking for work. If you come to South Australia as a migrant you may already have a pre-migration assessment from a professional body that indicates the status of your qualification(s) and or work experience. This is often all you need for the purposes of looking for work.
If you do not have this pre-migration assessment, you can access assessment services through Engineers Australia. This assessment will examine your qualifications and work experience to determine recognition levels and whether you are eligible to join National Registers and gain Engineers Australia Chartered status.
For help with information and assessment of overseas qualifications and work in Australia contact the Skills and Employment Infoline on 1800 506 266.
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