Electrician

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 install, test, connect, commission, maintain and modify a multitude of electrical equipment, wiring and control systems. They detect and repair faulty light and other electrical power systems. Some also work with and advise on renewable technologies and energy efficient electrical systems such as wind turbines and solar panels, for example.

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.

Skills

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:

  • Strong logical reasoning and problem-solving competence
  • Ability to read and interpret technical electrical drawings
  • Good physical stamina
  • Good verbal and written communication ability

Tasks

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

Studies

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.

Employers

Local government.

Manufacturing and mining companies.

Private electrical service companies.

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