Electronics Trades Worker
Careers New Zealand
New Zealand
14h ago

Pay for electronics trades workers varies depending on experience and the type of work they do.

  • Apprentice electronics trades workers and those with less than two years' experience usually earn between the minimum training wage and $40,000 a year.
  • Electronics trades workers usually earn between $40,000 and $70,000 a year.
  • Experienced industrial and measurement control technicians may earn up to $100,000.
  • Source : Careers New Zealand research, 2017.

    This information is a guide only. )

    What you will do

    Electronics trades workers may do some or all of the following :

  • install, maintain and fix electronic equipment, instruments and control systems
  • run tests to check for faults, and collect and analyse the data
  • repair problems and replace any faulty parts
  • keep records of the faults they find, and the repairs or maintenance they carry out
  • re-assemble electronic equipment.
  • Skills and knowledge

    Electronics trades workers need to have :

  • knowledge of electronic theory
  • skill in diagnosing and fixing problems with electrical equipment
  • knowledge of electronic circuits and the ability to read circuit diagrams
  • knowledge of safe working practices.
  • Electronics trades workers who run their own business also need small business skills.

    Working conditions

    Electronics trades workers :

  • usually work regular hours, but may work overtime and be on call
  • work in various places, including homes, offices, workshops, factories, and on ships and aircraft.
  • Entry requirements

    Entry requirements to become an electronics trades worker depend on what area of electronics you want to work in.

    Working with domestic applicances and business machines such as photocopiers

    If you want to fix and maintain domestic electronic appliances or business machines like photocopiers, you need to complete an apprenticeship and gain one of the following qualifications :

  • National Certificate in Electrical Engineering - Electrical Appliance and Electronic Servicing (Level 4)
  • National Certificate in Electronic Engineering (Level 4).
  • Working in industrial measurement and control

    To become an industrial measurement and control technician, you need to complete an apprenticeship and gain a National Certificate in Industrial Measurement and Control (Level 4).

    Working with security systems

    There are no specific requirements to become a security systems technician, but employers may prefer you to have a National Certificate in Electronic Security - Installer (Level 3).

    You must also have a Certificate of Approval issued by the Ministry of Justice.

    Apprenticeships and registration

    The Skills Organisation oversees apprenticeships in electronics trades.

    Depending on your role, you may also need to be registered with Electrical Workers Registration Board.

    Secondary education

    No specific secondary education is required for this job, but English, maths, science, physics, chemistry and technology to at least NCEA Level 2 are useful.

    Personal requirements

    Electronics trades workers need to be :

  • safety-conscious
  • observant, accurate and methodical
  • able to follow instructions.
  • Useful experience

    Useful experience for electronics trades workers includes :

  • work at electronics businesses, such as selling appliances or making deliveries
  • work involving electrical or electronic components
  • mechanical work.
  • Physical requirements

    Electronics trades workers need to have good hand-eye co-ordination and normal colour vision, as electrical components are often colour-coded.


    Electronics trades workers may need to be registered with the Electrical Workers Registration Board, depending on their speciality.

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