Commissioner's Information Bulletin 572

Electrotechnology - Apprenticeships and Traineeships

Utilities and Electrotechnology

Date of issue: 22 December 2012

Updated: 13 June 2018

This Commissioner's Information Bulletin (CIB) includes updated information on licensing requirements for supervisors of apprentices and trainees and the specialist work that may be undertaken by electrical apprentices and trainees under licensed supervision.

Superseded Bulletin

This Commissioners Information Bulletin supersedes Bulletin 559.


 

Qualifications, structure and packaging

Competency based completion

Part-time apprenticeships

Industrial arrangements

Higher Education Apprenticeship Pathway

School based apprenticeships and traineeships

Licensing requirements marked with a single (#), double (##) and/or triple (###) hash indicator

Career Pathways

Licensing and regulatory arrangements

Work Health & Safety

Registered training organisations

Funding arrangements

Transition arrangements

Inspecting Vocational Training Orders

Enquiries


Job descriptions

Apprenticeships

Air conditioning and refrigeration apprentices will select components, install, set up, test, fault find, repair and maintain refrigeration systems and equipment that apply to food storage and preservation and air conditioning and air distribution equipment. This will happen in domestic, commercial and/or industrial premises. They will learn to:

  • dismantle, assemble and fabricate electrotechnology components
  • solve problems in extra-low voltage single path circuits
  • fix and secure equipment
  • use drawings, diagrams, schedules and manuals
  • document occupational hazards and risks in refrigeration and air conditioning

Appliance servicing apprentices set up, service and repair electrical, gas, and refrigerated appliances. They service small appliances and power tools, clothes washers and dryers and dishwashing machines. Apprentices will learn to:

  • dismantle, assemble and fabricate electrotechnology components
  • solve problems in extra-low voltage single path circuits
  • fix and secure equipment
  • prepare refrigeration tubing and fittings
  • determine the basic operating conditions of vapour compression systems, recover pressure, leak test, evacuate and charge refrigerants

Computer systems equipment apprentices select, install, set up, test, fault find, repair and maintain personal computers and networks and computer equipment for data storage, measurement/analysis and control. They use engineering applications software and support computer hardware and software. Apprentices will learn to:

  • install and configure a computer operating system and software
  • set up and configure basic local area network
  • dismantle, assemble and fabricate electrotechnology components
  • solve problems in extra-low voltage single path circuits
  • source and purchase material/parts for installation or service jobs
  • provide quotations for installation or service jobs

Electrical fitter apprentices will install electrical control systems and assemble electrical components and appliances.

They will learn to manufacture, fit, assemble, erect, operate, test, fault find, alter, repair electrical equipment. This will include electrical wiring work that is directly associated with assembling, maintaining, terminating or altering the wiring between electrical components within a plant or machinery. An electrical fitter is not authorised to install any electrical wiring systems within an electrical installation as defined in the AS/NZS 3000 wiring rules.

Electrical instrumentation apprentices will work in installing, modifying, maintaining and repairing instrumentation that is used in measurement and control systems. These instruments measure and control temperature, pressure and flow in processes used in industries such as petro-chemical, mining, food and manufacturing.

They will learn to commission, install, select, fault find and maintain electrical and instrumentation equipment in buildings and premises. They will do the same for instrumentation systems and core instrumentation equipment required for process and control.

Electrical machine repair apprentices will maintain and repair electrical machines and associated controls within a variety of industrial and commercial contexts. They overhaul, repair and rewind motors, transformers and control gear. They will learn to:

  • dismantle, assemble and fabricate general electrical components as well as fix and secure electrical equipment
  • solve problems in extra‐low voltage single path circuits, multiple path direct current circuits, electromagnetic circuits and in single and three phase low voltage circuits
  • use electrical drawings, diagrams, schedules and manuals

Electrical rail signalling apprentices work in the rail industry on signalling equipment. They will learn to select, install, commission, fault find and maintain rail signalling equipment and systems.

Electrician apprentices select, install, set up, test, fault find, repair and maintain electrical systems and equipment, in industrial, commercial and domestic settings. They will learn to:

  • dismantle, assemble and fabricate general electrical components as well as fix and secure electrical equipment
  • solve problems in extra‐low voltage single path circuits, multiple path direct current circuits, electromagnetic circuits and in single and three phase low voltage circuits
  • use electrical drawings, diagrams, schedules and manuals

Electronics and communications apprentices select, install, set up, test, fault find, repair and maintain electronic equipment and devices at component and subassembly level with options in communications, audio, video and TV, personal computer and networks, security and custom installations at any voltage exceeding extra low voltage. They will learn to:

  • solve fundamental problems in electronic communications systems
  • dismantle, assemble and fabricate electrotechnology components
  • solve problems in extra-low voltage single path circuits
  • solve problems in multiple path DC. circuits
  • carry out basic repairs to electronic apparatus by replacing components

Industrial Electronics and Control apprentices select, install, set up, test, fault find, repair, maintain and commission systems and devices for measuring and recording physical/chemical phenomena and related process control systems. They will learn to:

  • diagnose and rectify faults in digital subsystems of electronic controls,
  • diagnose and rectify faults in analogue circuits and components in electronic control systems
  • install and set up transducers and sensing devices

Instrumentation and Control apprentices select, install, commission, fault find and maintain equipment and systems for the control of plant, machines and processes. They will learn to:

  • install low voltage electrical apparatus and associated equipment
  • select and arrange equipment for general electrical installations
  • find and repair faults in electrical apparatus and circuits
  • develop and connect control circuits
  • diagnose and rectify faults in digital subsystems of electronic controls

Security Equipment apprentices install, pre-commission and set-up wired and wireless security systems in multiple, commercial industrial premises. They will learn to:

  • dismantle, assemble and fabricate electrotechnology components
  • solve problems in extra-low voltage single path circuits
  • fix and secure equipment
  • use drawings, diagrams, schedules and manuals
  • lay wiring/cabling and terminate accessories for extra-low voltage circuits
  • assemble and set up basic wired and wireless security systems
  • install large wired and wireless security systems
  • program and test large wired and wireless security systems.

Switchgear and Control Gear apprentices construct, assemble and wire switchboards and control panels. They will learn to:

  • use drawings, diagrams, schedules and manuals
  • disconnect and reconnect fixed wired electrical equipment connected to a low voltage supply
  • enter and verify operating instructions in microprocessor equipped devices, dismantle, assemble and fabricate electrotechnology components
  • solve problems in extra-low voltage single path circuits
  • assemble and connect communications frames and cabinets
  • repair mechanical components of electrical machines

Traineeships

Antennae equipment trainees may work as electrical or telecommunications trades assistants installing antennae equipment. They will learn to select, assemble, connect and set up TV and radio reception antennae and multiple antenna outlets in buildings and premises.

Career start trainees want to pursue a career in the electrotechnology industry. They will gain grounding in safety and basic technical skills and the knowledge to work in any electrotechnology discipline.

Computer assembly and repair trainees may work in the computer assembly and repair industry. They will learn to select components and assemble computers to customer specifications and carry out routine hardware repairs (generally by replacement) of known faulty components following prescribed routines.

Data and voice communications trainees may work as electrical or trades assistants and communications cablers. They will learn to select, assemble, set up and maintain simple data and voice communications equipment and systems to a prescribed routine Certification of telecommunications cabling in buildings and premises.

Electrical Engineering Diploma level trainees working as electrical engineering technicians are involved in developing, selecting, commissioning, maintaining and diagnosing faults and malfunctions on advanced electrical equipment and systems. They will learn to:

  • develop and implement maintenance programs
  • evaluate performance of electrical machines
  • design modifications to electrical machines
  • carry out field testing
  • provide solutions to power engineering problems
  • plan switch board and control panel layouts

Advanced diploma level trainees working as engineering technologists in an electrical engineering environment are involved in designing, validating, evaluating electrical systems and equipment, managing risks, estimating and managing projects and providing technical advice. They will learn to:

  • manage risk in electrotechnology activities
  • select and arrange equipment for electrical installations
  • solve complex problems in multiple path power circuits
  • manage and plan electrical projects
  • develop engineering solutions for energy supply systems.

Electronics trainees will work as trade assistants in the electronic industries. They will learn to select, assemble, set up and maintain electronic devices following prescribed routines.

Electronics and communications engineering

Electronics and communications engineering trainees will work as engineering technologists in the electronics and communications industry.They will learn to:

  • develop design briefs for electrotechnology projects
  • commission electronics and communications systems
  • diagnose faults in analogue circuits and electronic control systems
  • repair audio and video equipment
  • solve problems in electronic circuits

Security assembly and setup trainees work as trade assistants or security installers. They will learn to select, assemble and set up of wired and wireless base level security systems following prescribe routines

Sustainable Energy (Career Start) trainees want to pursue a career in sustainable energy technology and renewable energy management. You will learn about electrical.

Technical Support trainees will support tradespersons in electrotechnology industries. They will learn to:

  • collect, receive and store stock at work sites
  • set up and store equipment and tools
  • assist in installation
  • fault find
  • maintenance and repair activities.

Trainees in Winding and Assembly work in the electrical machine repair industry. They will learn to wind, place and connect coils for small armatures, transformers and solenoids following prescribed routines.


Electrotechnology - Air Conditioning and Refrigeration - Apprenticeship #, ##

Vocational Training Order

Date of effect 23 March 2012
Qualification UEE32211 Certificate III in Air Conditioning and Refrigeration
Terms of apprenticeship

Full-time:

  • 48 months or until the relevant competencies are achieved

Part-time:

  • 72 months or until the relevant competencies are achieved

See part-time apprenticeships and traineeships

School based

UEE32211 Certificate III in Air Conditioning and Refrigeration

The term for a school based apprenticeship will be the school based component plus 36 months full-time post-school, or until the relevant competencies are achieved. The school based component will be calculated in months from the date of commencement to 31 December of the HSC year. During the school based component of the apprenticeship the school-based apprentice must undertake a minimum of 180 days of on-the-job training.

Probationary period 3 months

Electrotechnology - Appliance Servicing - Apprenticeship

Vocational Training Order

Date of effect 23 March 2012
Qualification UEE32111 Certificate III in Appliance Service

Terms of apprenticeship

Full-time:

  • 48 months or until the relevant competencies are achieved

Part-time:

  • 72 months or until the relevant competencies are achieved

See part-time apprenticeships and traineeships

School based

UEE32111 Certificate III in Appliance Service

The term for a school based apprenticeship will be the school based component plus 36 months full-time post-school, or until the relevant competencies are achieved. The school based component will be calculated in months from the date of commencement to 31 December of the HSC year. During the school based component of the apprenticeship the school-based apprentice must undertake a minimum of 180 days of on-the-job training.

Probationary period 3 months

Electrotechnology - Computer Systems Equipment - Apprenticeship

Vocational Training Order

Date of effect 23 March 2012
Qualification UEE30211 Certificate III in Computer Systems Equipment

Terms of apprenticeship

Full-time:

  • 48 months or until the relevant competencies are achieved

Part-time:

  • 72 months or until the relevant competencies are achieved

See part-time apprenticeships and traineeships

Probationary period 3 months

Electrotechnology - Data and Voice Communications - Apprenticeship ###

Vocational Training Order

Date of effect 21 December 2012
Qualification UEE30411 Certificate III in Data and Voice Communications

Terms of apprenticeship

Full-time:

  • 48 months or until the relevant competencies are achieved

  • UEE30411 Certificate III in Data and Voice Communications where the trainee holds UEE20711 Certificate II in Data and Voice Communications
    • 36 months or until the relevant competencies are achieved

Part-time:

See part-time apprenticeships and traineeships

School based

UEE30411 Certificate III in Data and Voice Communications

The term for a school based apprenticeship will be the school based component plus 36 months full-time post-school, or until the relevant competencies are achieved. The school based component will be calculated in months from the date of commencement to 31 December of the HSC year. During the school based component of the apprenticeship the school-based apprentice must undertake a minimum of 180 days of on-the-job training.

Probationary period 3 months

Electrotechnology - Electrical Fitter - Apprenticeship ###

Vocational Training Order

Date of effect 23 March 2012
Qualification UEE33011 Certificate III in Electrical Fitting
Terms of apprenticeship

Full-time:

  • 48 months or until the relevant competencies are achieved

Part-time:

  • 72 months or until the relevant competencies are achieved

See part-time apprenticeships and traineeships

School based

UEE33011 Certificate III in Electrical Fitting

The term for a school based apprenticeship will be the school based component plus 36 months full-time post-school, or until the relevant competencies are achieved. The school based component will be calculated in months from the date of commencement to 31 December of the HSC year. During the school based component of the apprenticeship the school-based apprentice must undertake a minimum of 180 days of on-the-job training.

Probationary period 3 months

Electrotechnology - Electrical Instrumentation - Apprenticeship #

Vocational Training Order

Date of effect 23 March 2012
Qualification UEE40411 Certificate IV in Electrical - Instrumentation

Terms of apprenticeship

Full-time:

  • 48 months or until the relevant competencies are achieved

Part-time:

  • 72 months or until the relevant competencies are achieved

See part-time apprenticeships and traineeships

Probationary period 3 months

Electrotechnology - Electrical Machine Repair - Apprenticeship

Vocational Training Order

Date of effect 23 March 2012
Qualification UEE30611 Certificate III in Electrical Machine Repair

Terms of apprenticeship

Full-time:

  • 48 months or until the relevant competencies are achieved

Part-time:

  • 72 months or until the relevant competencies are achieved

See part-time apprenticeships and traineeships

Probationary period 3 months

Electrotechnology - Electrical Rail Signalling - Apprenticeship

Vocational Training Order

Date of effect 23 March 2012
Qualification UEE41211 Certificate IV in Electrical - Rail Signalling

Terms of apprenticeship

Full-time:

  • 48 months or until the relevant competencies are achieved

Part-time:

  • 72 months or until the relevant competencies are achieved

See part-time apprenticeships and traineeships

Probationary period 3 months

Electrotechnology - Electrician - Apprenticeship #, ###

Vocational Training Order

Date of effect 23 March 2012
Qualification UEE30811 Certificate III in Electrotechnology Electrician

Terms of apprenticeship

Full-time:

  • 48 months or until the relevant competencies are achieved

Part-time:

  • 72 months or until the relevant competencies are achieved

See part-time apprenticeships and traineeships

School based

UEE30811 Certificate III in Electrotechnology Electrician

The term for a school based apprenticeship will be the school based component plus 36 months full-time post-school, or until the relevant competencies are achieved. The school based component will be calculated in months from the date of commencement to 31 December of the HSC year. During the school based component of the apprenticeship the school-based apprentice must undertake a minimum of 180 days of on-the-job training.

Higher Education Apprenticeship Pathway

UEE3011 Certificate III in Electrotechnology

Probationary period 3 months

Electrotechnology - Electronics and Communications - Apprenticeship ###

Vocational Training Order

Date of effect 23 March 2012
Qualification UEE30911 Certificate III in Electronics and Communications

Terms of apprenticeship

Full-time:

  • 48 months or until the relevant competencies are achieved

Part-time:

  • 72 months or until the relevant competencies are achieved

See part-time apprenticeships and traineeships

School based

UEE30911 Certificate III in Electronics and Communications

The term for a school based apprenticeship will be the school based component plus 36 months full-time post-school, or until the relevant competencies are achieved. The school based component will be calculated in months from the date of commencement to 31 December of the HSC year. During the school based component of the apprenticeship the school-based apprentice must undertake a minimum of 180 days of on-the-job training.

Probationary period 3 months

Electrotechnology - Industrial Electronics and Control - Apprenticeship #, ###

Vocational Training Order

Date of effect 23 March 2012
Qualification UEE40911 Certificate IV in Industrial Electronics and Control

Terms of apprenticeship

Full-time:

  • 48 months or until the relevant competencies are achieved

Part-time:

  • 72 months or until the relevant competencies are achieved

See part-time apprenticeships and traineeships

Probationary period 3 months

Electrotechnology - Instrumentation and Control - Apprenticeship

Vocational Training Order

Date of effect 23 March 2012
Qualification
Terms of apprenticeships Full time:
  • UEE31211 Certificate III in Instrumentation and Control
    • 48 months or until the relevant competencies are achieved
  • UEE42211 Certificate IV in Instrumentation and Control
    • 48 months or until the relevant competencies are achieved
Part-time:
  • UEE31211 Certificate III in Instrumentation and Control
    • 72 months or until the relevant competencies are achieved
  • UEE42211 Certificate IV in Instrumentation and Control
    • 72 months or until the relevant competencies are achieved

See part-time apprenticeships and traineeships

Probationary period 3 months

Electrotechnology - Security Equipment - Apprenticeship ###

Vocational Training Order

Date of effect 23 March 2012
Qualification UEE31411 Certificate III in Security Equipment

Terms of apprenticeship

Full-time:

  • 48 months or until the relevant competencies are achieved

Part-time:

  • 72 months or until the relevant competencies are achieved

See part-time apprenticeships and traineeships

Probationary period 3 months

Electrotechnology - Switchgear and Control Gear - Apprenticeship

Vocational Training Order

Date of effect 23 March 2012
Qualification UEE30711 Certificate III in Switchgear and Control Gear

Terms of apprenticeship

Full-time:

  • 48 months or until the relevant competencies are achieved

Part-time:

  • 72 months or until the relevant competencies are achieved

See part-time apprenticeships and traineeships

Probationary period 3 months

Electrotechnology - Antennae Equipment - Traineeship

Vocational Training Order

Date of effect 23 March 2012
Qualification UEE21211 Certificate II in Antennae Equipment

Terms of traineeship

Full-time:

  • 12 months or until the relevant competencies are achieved

Part-time:

See part-time apprenticeships and traineeships

Probationary period 2 months

Electrotechnology - Career Start - Traineeship

Vocational Training Order

Date of effect 23 March 2012
Qualification UEE22011 Certificate II in Electrotechnology (Career Start)

Terms of traineeship

Full-time:

  • 12 months or until the relevant competencies are achieved

Part-time:

See part-time apprenticeships and traineeships

School based

UEE22011 Certificate II in Electrotechnology (Career Start)

The term for a school based traineeship will be calculated in months from the date of commencement to 31 December of the HSC year. During this period the school-based trainee must undertake a minimum of 180 days of on-the-job training.

Probationary period 2 months

Electrotechnology - Computer Assembly and Repair - Traineeship ###

Vocational Training Order

Date of effect 21 December 2012
Qualification UEE20511 Certificate II in Computer Assembly and Repair

Terms of apprenticeship

Full-time:

  • 12 months or until the relevant competencies are achieved

Part-time:

See part-time traineeships

School based

UEE20511 Certificate II in Computer Assembly and Repair

The term for a school based traineeship will be calculated in months from the date of commencement to 31 December of the HSC year. During this period the school-based trainee must undertake a minimum of 180 days of on-the-job training.

Probationary period 2 months

Electrotechnology - Data and Voice Communications - Traineeship ###

Vocational Training Order

Date of effect 21 December 2012
Qualification UEE20711 Certificate II in Data and Voice Communications

Terms of apprenticeship

Full-time:

  • 12 months or until the relevant competencies are achieved

Part-time:

See part-time apprenticeships and traineeships

School based

UEE20711 Certificate II in Data and Voice Communications

The term for a school based traineeship will be calculated in months from the date of commencement to 31 December of the HSC year. During this period the school-based trainee must undertake a minimum of 180 days of on-the-job training.

Probationary period 2 months

Electrotechnology - Electrical Engineering - Traineeship #, ###

Vocational Training Order

Date of effect 23 March 2012
Qualifications

Terms of traineeships

Full-time:

  • UEE50411 Diploma of Electrical Engineering by direct entry
    • 48 months or until the relevant competencies are achieved

  • UEE50411 Diploma of Electrical Engineering where the trainee holds UEE30811 Certificate III in Electrotechnology Electrician
    • 12 months or until the relevant competencies are achieved

  • UEE62211 Advanced Diploma of Electrical – Engineering by direct entry
    • 60 months or until the relevant competencies are achieved

  • UEE62211 Advanced Diploma of Electrical – Engineering where the trainee holds UEE50411 Diploma of Electrical Engineering
    • 12 months or until the relevant competencies are achieved

Part-time:

See part-time apprenticeships and traineeships

Probationary periods

Where the nominal term is:

  • up to and including 24 months - 2 months
  • greater than 24 months - 3 months

Electrotechnology - Electronics - Traineeship

Vocational Training Order

Date of effect 23 March 2012
Qualification UEE21911 Certificate II in Electronics

Terms of traineeship

Full-time:

  • 12 months or until the relevant competencies are achieved

Part-time:

See part-time apprenticeships and traineeships

Probationary period 2 months

Electrotechnology - Electronics and Communications Engineering - Traineeship ###

Vocational Training Order

Date of effect 23 March 2012
Qualification UEE60211 Advanced Diploma of Electronics and Communications Engineering

Terms of traineeship

Full-time:

  • 60 months or until the relevant competencies are achieved

Part-time:

See part-time apprenticeships and traineeships

Probationary period 3 months

Electrotechnology - Security Assembly and Setup - Traineeship ###

Vocational Training Order

Date of effect 23 March 2012
Qualification UEE21611 Certificate II in Security Assembly and Setup

Terms of traineeship

Full-time:

  • 12 months or until the relevant competencies are achieved

Part-time:

See part-time apprenticeships and traineeships

Probationary period 2 months

Electrotechnology - Sustainable Energy (Career Start) - Traineeship

Vocational Training Order

Date of effect 23 March 2012
Qualification UEE22111 Certificate II in Sustainable Energy (Career Start)

Terms of traineeship

Full-time:

  • 12 months or until the relevant competencies are achieved

Part-time:

See part-time apprenticeships and traineeships

School based

UEE22111 Certificate II in Sustainable Energy (Career Start)

The term for a school based traineeship will be calculated in months from the date of commencement to 31 December of the HSC year. During this period the school-based trainee must undertake a minimum of 180 days of on-the-job training.

Probationary period 2 months

Electrotechnology - Technical Support - Traineeship

Vocational Training Order

Date of effect 23 March 2012
Qualification UEE21711 Certificate II in Technical Support
Terms of traineeship Full-time:
  • 12 months or until the relevant competencies are achieved
Part-time: See part-time apprenticeships and traineeships
School based

UEE21711 Certificate II in Technical Support

The term for a school based traineeship will be calculated in months from the date of commencement to 31 December of the HSC year. During this period the school-based trainee must undertake a minimum of 180 days of on-the-job training.

Probationary period 2 months

Electrotechnology - Winding and Assembly - Traineeships

Vocational Training Order

Date of effect 23 March 2012
Qualification UEE20411 Certificate II in Winding and Assembly
Terms traineeship Full-time:
  • 12 months or until the relevant competencies are achieved
Part-time: See part-time apprenticeships and traineeships
Probationary period 2 months
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