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Electricians test, install, maintain, and repair electrical systems and equipment

What do Electricians do?

  • interpret electrical information on diagrams and plans
  • check for errors in diagrams and plans
  • install electrical wiring and equipment
  • repair and replace electrical wiring, parts and equipment
  • safety-test work
  • keep records of problems they find, and the work they do
  • Maintain electrical equipment

Skills and knowledge

  • electrical theory, laws, codes, and standards of practice
  • how to install electrical wiring and fixtures
  • how to draw wiring diagrams and floor plans
  • basic maths and physics
  • safety procedures and first aid.


  • NCEA L1 with at least 14 credits in numeracy and 10 in literacy
  • New Zealand Certificate in Electrical Engineering Theory Level 3

Useful experience

  • School Trades academies, the STAR and Gateway programmes


  • Apprentice, qualified electrician, supervisor, manager


Once qualified around $67,000 - $84,000 per year