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Electronics Trades Worker

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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.

Job opportunities

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


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.

Working conditions

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.

Entry requirements

To become an electronics trades worker you need to complete an apprenticeship and 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.

The Skills Organisation oversees apprenticeships in electronics trades.

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

Secondary education

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

Personal requirements

Electronics trades workers need to be:

  • safety-conscious
  • accurate, methodical and analytical
  • honest and reliable
  • able to follow instructions
  • good problem-solvers.

Useful experience

Useful experience for electronics trades workers includes:

  • work at electronics businesses
  • 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 specialisation.

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
  • 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.
An electronics trades worker assembles a circuit board in a factory

Electronics trades workers assemble electronic products, equipment and control systems

Last updated 5 March 2021