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More and more, our world is becoming an automated one. Jobs in electrical services are on a steady rise to keep up, with a projected growth of 5% by 2024.
Chances are, signing up to this virtual work experience program, you already have some idea of what an Electrical Technician does.
Let’s hear a bit more about what the job is like from an ARTC Signals Electrician:
So what’s the difference between an Electrical Technician and an Electrician?
That’s a fair question! Electrical Technicians and Electricians both work with electrical systems. An electrical technician is a professional who sometimes works in an office and sometimes in the field. They support electrical engineers in their engineering plans and are also responsible for maintenance and repairs.
Usually, Technicians are specialised in a particular system, whereas electricians look after electrical construction more generally.
Whether you're aiming to be an electrician or an electrical technician, there's a few common skills you'll need:
Your role for the next four weeks
As an Inland Rail Electrical Technician, you’re the front line for making sure train and railway equipment is operating safely and being maintained and repaired properly. It’s a high-responsibility job – people rely on the railway and you have a lot of lives in your hands.
The system you’ll be specialising in for the purposes of this Virtual Work Experience will be DC (or Direct Current) type track circuits.
Let's have a closer look at what track circuits actually are...