Pay for electricians varies, but most earn between $42,000 and $70,000 a year.
At the end of their four-year apprenticeship, electricians can expect to earn about $42,000 a year.
employed, income depends on the success of their business.
Electricians may be supplied with work vehicles.
Source : Electrical Contractors Association of New Zealand, 'Master Electricians 2015 Wage and Salary Survey', 2015.
This information is a guide only. )
What you will do
Electricians may do some or all of the following :
Self-employed electricians also run their own businesses.
Skills and knowledge
Electricians need to have knowledge of :
Self-employed electricians must also have business skills.
To become an electrician you need to :
Most employers also prefer that you :
The Skills Organisation and Connexis oversee electrical apprenticeships.
ATT and the The Electrical Training Company (ETCO) employ, train and place electrical apprentices. ETCO works with students from selected schools.
Level 1 NCEA in maths, English and science, preferably physics, is usually required to enter an apprenticeship.
While you are still at school, you can gain experience through :
Electricians need to be :
Electricians need to be fit, healthy and strong, as the work involves climbing and lifting.
They also need to be comfortable working in confined spaces and at heights, as they may need to crawl through small spaces under buildings and above ceilings.
Electricians need to be registered with the Electrical Workers Registration Board. To apply for registration you need to :
To do most types of electrical work you also need to hold a current practising licence covering electrical safety, CPR and first aid.
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