Electronics Trades Worker Ringarehe Tāhiko
Electronics trades workers assemble, install and fix electronic parts and equipment.
Electronics trades workers may need to be registered with the Electrical Workers Registration Board, depending on their specialisation.
Electronics trades workers may do some or all of the following:
- assemble, install and fix electronic products, equipment and security systems
- run tests to check for faults
- analyse the testing data and report findings
- repair problems and replace any faulty parts
- quality control
- package and prepare electronic products for export.
Electronics trades workers need to have good hand-eye co-ordination and normal colour vision, as electrical components are often colour-coded.
Useful experience for electronics trades workers includes:
- work at electronics businesses
- work involving electrical or electronic components
- mechanical work.
Electronics trades workers need to be:
- accurate, methodical and analytical
- honest and reliable
- able to follow instructions
- good problem-solvers.
Electronics trades workers need to have knowledge of:
- electrical theory
- electronic circuits
- how to diagnose and fix problems with electrical equipment
- electronic and mechanical assembly
- safe working practices.
Electronics trades workers:
- usually work regular business hours, but may work overtime and be on call
- may work in factories, workshops, offices, homes and on ships and aircraft.
No specific secondary education is required for this job, but maths, science and technology subjects to at least NCEA Level 2 are useful.
Electronics trades workers may progress to set up their own business.
Electronics trades workers can specialise in a number of roles, including:
- Electrical Appliance Serviceperson
- Electrical appliance servicepeople install, repair and maintain electrical appliances such as refrigerators, microwaves, photocopiers and gaming machines.
- Electronics Technician
- Electronics technicians assemble, install and repair electronic systems and circuits.
- Industrial Measurement and Control Technician
- Industrial measurement and control technicians install, maintain and repair systems used to regulate and control industrial machinery and equipment.
- Security Systems Technician
- Security systems technicians develop, install, test and maintain security equipment and systems.
Years Of Training3-4 years of training required.
To become an electronics trades worker you need to gain one of the following qualifications depending on what area of electronics you work in.
- Electronics technician – New Zealand Certificate in Electronic Engineering (Level 4)
- Electrical appliance serviceperson – New Zealand Certificate in Electrical Engineering (Electrical and Electronic Installation and Service) (Level 4)
- Industrial measurement and control technician – New Zealand Certificate in Industrial Measurement and Control (Level 4)
- Security systems technician – New Zealand Certificate in Electronic Security (Level 4). You must also have a Certificate of Approval issued by the Ministry of Justice.
You may be able to gain your qualification by doing an apprenticeship. Etco oversees electrical apprenticeships and training.
Depending on your role, you may also need to be registered with the Electrical Workers Registration Board.