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Electronics Trades Worker

Ringarehe Tāhiko

Alternative titles for this job

Electronics trades workers assemble, install, test, operate and service electronic parts and equipment.


Electronics trades workers usually earn

$40K-$70K per year

Source: Careers New Zealand research, 2017.

Job opportunities

Job opportunities for electronics trades workers are good due to a shortage of workers.


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. Find out more about the sources of our pay information)

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.

What's the job really like?

Gordon Malin

Gordon Malin

Electronics Serviceperson

What sort of work do you do day-to-day?

"In my business we carry out a wider range of tasks than most electronics servicepeople. We've fixed things from breast pumps to car ECU [engine control unit] computers.

"You've got to know what you're looking for when you're fixing electronics. Sometimes, for want of a better term, it's like a sixth sense. After a while, when you've got a computer, amplifier or TV open, you can look at the circuit and your collective knowledge just kicks in."

What do you enjoy about your job?

"I really like helping people out. We come across a lot of people in our job. I don't think I'd like being jammed in a room and doing robotic repairs – it would probably drive me a bit nuts.

"The thing that really satisfies me is working through a problem and and taking something from not working to working. When it's fixed, you've won. And we don't get paid if it doesn't get fixed. It's a job of lots of small daily successes."

Entry requirements

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

Working with domestic appliances 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.

Find out more about training

The Skills Organisation
0508 754 557 - support@skills.org.nz - www.skills.org.nz
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What are the chances of getting a job?

Chances of getting a job as an electronics trades worker are good because:

  • too few people are training for the role
  • there is a a construction boom which is predicted to last until 2021 
  • the Building Act 2004 requires all buildings (except houses) to have regular inspections and maintenance of safety systems including sprinklers and warning systems. 

Electronics equipment trades worker appears on Immigration New Zealand’s regional skill shortage list. This means the Government is actively encouraging skilled electronics trades workers from overseas to work in New Zealand.

According to the Census, 2,268 electronics trades workers worked in New Zealand in 2018.

Limited opportunities at smaller electronics service companies

Even with a shortage of electronics trades workers, it can still be hard to get a job. Many electronics and servicing companies are small, and employ only a few staff. Therefore, they only take on new employees when someone leaves or if the business expands.

Job opportunities for electronics trades workers are often better in big companies.

Types of employers varied

Electronics trades workers can work for:

  • small repair companies
  • larger electronics retail and repair chains
  • industrial companies, as specialist in-house technicians
  • electronics design or manufacturing companies.

Nearly one quarter of electronics trades workers are self-employed.


  • BRANZ and Pacifecon, 'National Construction Pipeline Report 4', July 2016, (www.branz.co.nz).
  • Fire Protection Association Newsletter, October 2016, (www.fireprotection.org.nz)
  • Immigration New Zealand, 'Regional Skill Shortage List', 27 May 2019, (www.immigration.govt.nz).
  • Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, '2006-2014 Occupation Data' (prepared for Careers New Zealand), 2015.
  • Stats NZ, '2018 Census Data', 2019.
  • Wintec website, accessed April 2017, (www.wintec.ac.nz).

(This information is a guide only. Find out more about the sources of our job opportunities information)

Progression and specialisations

Electronics trades workers may progress to set up their own business.

Electronics trades workers can specialise in a number of roles, including:

Domestic Appliance Serviceperson
Domestic appliance servicepeople install, repair and maintain household electrical appliances such as refrigerators, microwaves and washing machines.
Fax and Photocopier Technician
Fax and photocopier technicians install, maintain and repair electronic office equipment such as faxes, photocopiers and printers.
Industrial Measurement and Control Technician
Industrial measurement and control technicians install, maintain and repair equipment used to measure and control production processes in industries such as food and beverage manufacturing, petrochemicals and power generation.
Security Systems Technician
Security systems technicians install and maintain security systems.
Fingertips inserting a component into a circuitboard

Electronics trades workers fix electronic equipment

Last updated 15 September 2020