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Electricians install and maintain electrical systems. In the minerals and energy industry they are responsible for establishing and ensuring ongoing supplies of power from generators to plant and accommodation units. They may perform the following tasks:

  • Connecting wires to circuit breakers, transformers or other components.
  • Repairing or replacing wiring, equipment and fixtures, using hand tools and power tools.
  • Assembling, installing, testing and maintaining electrical or electronic wiring, equipment, appliances, apparatus and fixtures, using hand tools and power tools.
  • Testing electrical systems and continuity of circuits in electrical wiring, equipment and fixtures, using testing devices such as ohmmeters, voltmeters and oscilloscopes, to ensure compatibility and safety of system.
  • Planning layout and installation of electrical wiring, equipment and fixtures, based on job specifications and local codes.
  • Inspecting electrical systems, equipment and components to identify hazards, defects and the need for adjustment or repair and to ensure compliance with codes.



- Large engineering works
- Large industrial plants
- Factories
- Mines
- Organisations such as Mittal, Eskom and Sasol

Institutional Training and Workplace Experience

The learner is engaged by the company, registered for training within 3 days and scheduled for basic training in co-operation with DSIH. The company issues the learner with a toolbox and protective clothing and gives the learner full induction training.

Year 1 - Basic Training
The learner attends basic training at DSIH as soon as possible after engagement, where the learner spends approximately 12 weeks and completes the modular basic skills training course as well as a course in first aid. At the end of the course and before returning to the mine the learner is issued with an on-job training programme.

On completion of basic training the learner returns to the employer where they will be placed under the supervision of an artisan / foreman who will ensure that the practical skills of the learner are further developed in accordance with the on-job training programme. The learner should complete approximately half of the compulsory assessments prior to attending advanced training at DSIH in their second year.

Year 2 - Advanced Training
During the learner's second year of learnership, the learner will be recalled to DSIH for approximately 12 weeks to do an advanced training course. 

Year 3 - Final Phase Training
During the third year of training the learner will be recalled for approximately 12 weeks to DSIH for final phase training just prior to the qualifying assessment.

Career Outlook

An electrician must have good manual dexterity and eye-hand coordination. He or she must be physically fit and have a good sense of balance. Because an electrician must be able to identify wires by color, good color vision is necessary.

Experienced electricians have many opportunities for advancement. They can become supervisors. An electrician who works in construction
can become a project manager.   Some electricians opt to go into business for themselves and become contractors.

Entry Requirements

It is assumed that candidates embarking on learning towards this qualification are in possession of a minimum Grade 12 with: 

Physical Science
Technical Drawing
Electrical Technology

N2 Technical qualification with relevant subjects i.e.:

- Mathematics
- Engineering Science
- Industrial Electronics
- Electrical Trade Theory