More than 84% of South African households are connected to the national grid with the aims of further increasing access to electricity. To support its commitment to reducing carbon emissions by 2050, South Africa is also committed to clean energy and moving away from coal fired power provision. Safe and equitable access to clean energy requires efficient and well-trained electrical service providers and tradesmen.
Electricians work both indoors and outdoors and are often exposed to hazardous conditions, equipment and situations. They can work jointly with building contractors and building maintenance managers to ensure correct electrical installations and repairs.
Electricians need to have a comprehensive knowledge of electrical circuits and systems as well as understand the laws and regulations that govern electricity provision. They will additionally benefit from:
Install, maintain and repair electrical wiring systems and equipment
Plan the layout and installation of electrical wiring, equipment and fixtures
Inspect electrical systems to identify hazards and defects
Troubleshoot and diagnose electrical system faults and failures
Diploma, Advanced Diploma, M.Tech in Electrical Engineering at CPUT, CUT, DUT, MUT, TUT, UNISA, VUT and WSU
National Vocational Certificate in Electrical Engineering Studies at National Qualifications Framework Level 2, 3 and 4 at majority of Technical and Vocational Education and Training Colleges
National Vocational Certificate in Electrical Infrastructure Construction at National Qualifications Framework Level 2, 3 and 4 at most Technical and Vocational Education and Training Colleges
Vocational registration of electricians is a requirement for practice.
Manufacturing and mining companies.
Private electrical service companies.