Electricians are involved in the generation, transmission, distribution and usage of electricity. They perform the installation of wiring, electrical accessories, control equipment, wire ways, switchboards, etc. All work produced by an Electrician need to comply with strict safety laws and regulations. Their work also includes fault finding, repair and maintenance of electrical systems and equipment.
What kind of skills do I need?
The following skills and attributes may contribute to become a successful Electrician;
•The aptitude to give full attention to instructions and commands.
• The ability to get along well with co-workers and management and the ability to work together with other employees as part of a group.
•The ingenuity to develop and implement solutions to work challenges.
•Physical ability to manual handle tools and equipment.
• An acumen to understand the theoretical concepts of electricity as well as the working principles of electrical equipment and the associated, maintenance, repair, installation and commissioning thereof.
• To be alert and attentive for possible hazards and to take necessary actions to prevent incidents and accidents.
•Be truthful, ethical, and last but certainly not least, hard-working
What training path can I follow to become an Electrician?
The entry level requirement for this program is minimum grade 11 or a National Technical Certificate Level 2 (N2 Certificate) with the following subjects;
Electrical Trade Theory
The program entails a four year apprenticeship contract with an Employer which will include institutional training at an accredited Training Provider and practical workplace exposure training at the Employer’s worksite. The program is concluded with the completion of a national Trade Test at an accredited institution where after the person achieves “Artisan Status”.
This program consists of three National Qualification Framework levels (NQF levels 2, 3 and 4) with duration of approximately one year per level. The training program includes institutional training at an accredited Training Provider and practical workplace exposure training at the Employer’s worksite. The entry level requirement for an NQF Level 2 Learnership qualification is very much similar to that of an apprenticeship. Each NQF level is approached as an independent qualification and a Learner may exit the program after successfully completing the final assessment for that particular level and achieve a national qualification certificate as such. After completing the NQF Level 4 Learnership, a Learner still needs to successfully complete a national Trade Test at an accredited institution to achieve full “Artisan Status”. The FDT Training Centre is a nationally accredited Training Provider and Assessment Center for Electrical Learnerships NQF Levels 2 and 3.
Short skills programs:
The FDT Training Centre has formulated short skills programs in alignment with national training curriculums for the Electrical trade. A Learner may complete each skills program separately or complete all the programs consecutively, from the most basic course for a person who has never worked before to the most advanced course. On the successful completion of these training programs, a Learner will be able to perform tasks under the supervision of a qualified Electrician in industry. The duration of each skills program depends on the actual course content and level of advancement. A major advantage of these skills programs is that after a relatively short period of time and after the successful completion of the courses, a Learner will possess adequate knowledge and skills to apply for employment. The entry level requirement for these courses is a grade 12 academic qualification.