Electronics Trades Worker
Electronics trades workers assemble, install and fix electronic parts and equipment.
Electronics trades workers usually earn
$42K-$80K per year
Senior electronics trades workers usually earn
$75K-$120K per year
Source: Technical Recruitment Solutions and NZ Security Careers, 2021.
Pay for electronics trades workers varies depending on skills, experience and the type of work they do.
- Trainee electronics trades workers and those with less than three years' experience usually earn between $42,000 and $60,000 a year.
- Experienced electronics trades workers usually earn between $60,000 and $80,000.
- Senior electronics trades workers can earn between $75,000 and $120,000.
Sources: Technical Recruitment Solutions and NZ Security Careers, 2021.
(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:
- 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.
Skills and knowledge
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.
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.
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 need to be:
- accurate, methodical and analytical
- honest and reliable
- able to follow instructions
- good problem-solvers.
Useful experience for electronics trades workers includes:
- work at electronics businesses
- work involving electrical or electronic components
- mechanical work.
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 specialisation.
Find out more about training
- 0800 275 3826 - www.etco.co.nz
- The Skills Organisation
- 0508 754 557 - firstname.lastname@example.org - www.skills.org.nz
What are the chances of getting a job?
Experienced electronics trades workers in demand
Chances of getting a job as an electronics trades worker are best for those with experience.
Heavy industrial companies, such as those in the pulp and paper industry or steel industry, are currently upgrading and automating their processes. This means there is demand for experienced workers to be involved in the installation, commissioning and maintenance of automation equipment and control 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. Some electronics trades workers are also self-employed.
Job opportunities for electronics trades workers are often better in larger companies where many workers may be contracted for specific projects.
Types of employers varied
Electronics trades workers can work for:
- small repair companies
- larger electronics maintenance companies and repair chains
- industrial companies, as specialist in-house technicians
- electronics design or manufacturing companies.
- Hays, 'Hays Jobs Report January to June 2020', accessed March 2021, (www.hays.net.nz).
- Hopkins, D, senior consultant, Technical Recruitment Solutions, careers.govt.nz interview, February 2021.
- Immigration New Zealand, 'Regional Skill Shortage List', 27 May 2019, (www.immigration.govt.nz).
- Stats NZ, '2018 Census Data', 2019.
(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:
- 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.
Last updated 23 March 2021