Electricians and electrical technicians work with engineers to make sure spacecraft get the power they need to launch into space and explore the wonders of the universe.


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What do electricians and electrical technicians do?

Electricians and electrical technicians construct, install, test and repair electrical systems, equipment and components.

Many satellite and spacecraft components and systems need electricity to operate. Electricians and electrical technicians work with engineers to make sure every part gets the power it needs.

What you’ll need to know and do

Electricians and electrical technicians are responsible for installing electrical and electronic components according to detailed specifications. Manual dexterity is a requirement of the role, as many of these components are very small. Soldering and wire harnessing skills are also important.

Safety is of utmost importance when handling electricity. Electricians and technicians need to keep their knowledge of safety regulations up to date. They also need to know how to use diagnostic and testing tools to find and correct faults.

Your study pathway

Becoming an electrician usually requires completing an apprenticeship. Employers generally require apprentices to have a minimum Year 10 education.

Some TAFE institutes also offer associate degrees in electrical engineering.

Key resources

Our key space career job roles and study pathways information is packaged up into downloadable PDFs that students, teachers or parents can easily browse through and keep as a handy reference.

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Careers in space booklet

Our space career booklet covers all the space careers we talk about online, and can be downloaded by students, teachers or parents to read, share or use in the classroom.


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