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Electronics and Computers

Overview

This page provides information and data on the Electronics and Computers sector, which is a component of the Electrotechnology industry.

The Electronics and Computers sector includes the design, maintenance, installation and repair of electronic equipment and computers. The Electronics and Computers workforce is employed across a wide variety of industries such as Computer System Design, Machinery and Equipment Manufacturing, and Repairs and Maintenance.

Vocational education and training (VET) is required for Electronics and Computers sector related occupations such as:

  • Electronics Trades Workers
  • Electronic Engineering Draftspersons and Technicians.

Nationally recognised training for the Electronics and Computers sector is delivered under the UEE Electrotechnology Training Package.

For information on Electrical Services, Electrical Engineering, Industrial Control, Refrigeration and Air-conditioning, and Renewable and Sustainable Energy sectors please visit the respective pages.

Information sourced from the Electrotechnology IRC's 2018 Skills Forecast.

All data sources are available at the end of the page.

IRC and Skills Forecasts

Employment trends

Employment snapshot

The employment level for the occupation of Electronics Trades Workers has fluctuated over the last 18 years, although the overall trend has been downwards. The employment level is projected to continue to decline over the next five years until 2023. Electronics Trades Workers are employed in a wide range of industries with the largest proportion working in Repairs and Maintenance followed by Construction Services.

The employment level for Electronic Engineering Draftspersons and Technicians declined significantly between the years 2000 and 2018 and is projected to decline further until 2023. Electronic Engineering Draftspersons and Technicians are employed in a wide range of industries with the Defence industry accounting for the largest proportion at approximately 17% followed by Machinery and Equipment Manufacturing at over 12%.

Overall, the employment level for Computer Network Professionals increased between 2000 and 2018, with a further increase projected until 2023. Approximately a third of Computer Network Professionals are employed in Computer System Design and Related Services with the rest distributed throughout a range of other industries.

Training trends

Training snapshot

There were approximately 3,300 program enrolments in Electronics and Computers related qualifications during 2017, and just under 900 completions. Both program enrolments and completions decreased between 2014 and 2017.

Just under half of enrolments during 2017, were in certificate II, III, and IV level in Electronics and Communications qualifications, for which the main intended occupations were Electronic Equipment Trades Worker, or Electrical or Telecommunications Trades Assistant. The Diploma and Advanced Diploma of Electronics and Communications Engineering, accounted for over a further fifth of 2017 enrolments, with the main intended occupation for these qualifications being Electronic Engineering Technician.

For enrolments during 2017, TAFE institutes provided over 85% of all training, with the remainder split between universities, and private training providers. Most training that was delivered by universities was at the diploma and above level.

For subject enrolments during 2017, just under two thirds were government funded, the remaining portion was split between international fee for service (19%) and domestic fee for service (16%). In terms of differences between provider, the government funded portion was higher for universities (87%) than for TAFE institutes (66%). Just under a quarter of students were from Victoria, with New South Wales and Western Australia each accounting for approximately a further fifth apiece.

During 2017, there were just under 290 apprenticeship commencements, and approximately 250 completions in Electronics and Computers related qualifications. Commencements nearly halved between 2010 and 2017 and completions increased significantly between 2010 and 2013, before levelling off and decreasing until 2016. The year 2017 saw reversal in the recent downward trend of completion numbers, showing a slight increase on the previous year. 

As at December 2017, most apprentices were undertaking the Certificate III in Electronics and Communications qualification and training towards the intended occupation of Electronics Equipment Trade Workers. Nearly two thirds of training was recorded in New South Wales.

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Industry insights

The Electrotechnology IRC's 2018 Skills Forecast, highlights that the fast pace of technological change in the Electronics and Computers sector is creating demand for new skills in the Electrotechnology workforce. For example, the Internet of Things (IoT), is seeing consumers able to use their smart phones to control and integrate their IT systems, security and intercoms, and electrical services from one central system.  The future Electronics and Computers sector workforce will require skills and knowledge to install and maintain these networks.

For an analysis of Electrotechnology IRC priority skills and job vacancy data, see the Electrotechnology industry cluster page.

Links and resources

Data sources and notes

Department of Employment 2018, Employment Projections, available from the Labour Market Information Portal  

  • by ANZSCO 4 digit selected occupations, employment projections to May 2023
    • 2631 Computer Network Professionals
    • 3124 Electronic Engineering Draftspersons and Technicians
    • 3423 Electronics Trades Workers.

Australian Bureau of Statistics 2018, Employed persons by occupation unit group of main job (ANZSCO), Sex, State and Territory, August 1986 onwards, 6291.0.55.003 - EQ08, viewed 1 November 2018 <http://www.abs.gov.au/AUSSTATS/abs@.nsf/DetailsPage/6291.0.55.003May%202018?OpenDocument>

  • Employed total by ANZSCO 4 digit occupations, 2000 to 2018, May Quarter
    • 2631 Computer Network Professionals
    • 3124 Electronic Engineering Draftspersons and Technicians
    • 3423 Electronics Trades Workers.

Australian Bureau of Statistics 2017, 2016 Census – employment, income and unpaid work, TableBuilder. Findings based on use of ABS TableBuilder data.

  • Employment level by 4 digit VET-related occupations, and 2 digit level industries to identify the distribution of VET-related occupation workforce across industry sectors.

Training data has been extracted from the National VET Provider Collection, Total VET Students and Courses from the following training package or qualifications:

UEE – Electrotechnology and UTE Electrotechnology Training Packages

  • Certificate II in Computer Assembly and Repair / Certificate II in Electronic Assembly
    • UEE20506 - Certificate II in Computer Assembly and Repair
    • UEE20507 - Certificate II in Computer Assembly and Repair
    • UEE20510 - Certificate II in Computer Assembly and Repair
    • UEE20511 - Certificate II in Computer Assembly and Repair
    • UEE20911 - Certificate II in Electronic Assembly
  • Certificate II, III & IV in Electronics and Communications
    • UEE21907 - Certificate II in Electronics
    • UEE21910 - Certificate II in Electronics
    • UEE21911 - Certificate II in Electronics
    • UEE30907 - Certificate III in Electronics and Communications
    • UEE30910 - Certificate III in Electronics and Communications
    • UEE30911 - Certificate III in Electronics and Communications
    • UEE40710 - Certificate IV in Electronics and Communications
    • UEE40711 - Certificate IV in Electronics and Communications
  • Certificate III & IV in Computer Systems Equipment
    • UEE30207 - Certificate III in Computer Systems Equipment
    • UEE30210 - Certificate III in Computer Systems Equipment
    • UEE30211 - Certificate III in Computer Systems Equipment
    • UEE40111 - Certificate IV in Computer Systems
  • Diploma & Advanced Diploma of Computer Systems Engineering
    • UEE50107 - Diploma of Computer Systems Engineering
    • UEE50110 - Diploma of Computer Systems Engineering
    • UEE50111 - Diploma of Computer Systems Engineering
    • UEE60407 - Advanced Diploma of Computer Systems Engineering
    • UEE60410 - Advanced Diploma of Computer Systems Engineering
    • UEE60411 - Advanced Diploma of Computer Systems Engineering
  • Diploma & Advanced Diploma of Electronics and Communications Engineering
    • UEE50507 - Diploma of Electronics and Communications Engineering
    • UEE50510 - Diploma of Electronics and Communications Engineering
    • UEE50511 - Diploma of Electronics and Communications Engineering
    • UEE60210 - Advanced Diploma of Electronics and Communications Engineering
    • UEE60211 - Advanced Diploma of Electronics and Communications Engineering
  • Engineering Technology - Electronics or Computer Systems (Advanced Diploma)
    • UEE61711 - Advanced Diploma of Engineering Technology - Electronics
    • UEE61811 - Advanced Diploma of Engineering Technology - Computer Systems.

This includes superseded qualifications and training packages.

Data covers a range of selected student and training characteristics in the following categories and years:

  • 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 program enrolments
  • 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 subject enrolments
  • 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 program completions.

Total VET students and courses data is reported for the calendar year. Program enrolments are the qualifications, courses and skill-sets in which students are enrolled in a given period. For students enrolled in multiple programs, all programs are counted. Program completion indicates that a student has completed a structured and integrated program of education or training. Location data uses student residence. Subject enrolment is registration of a student at a training delivery location for the purpose of undertaking a module, unit of competency or subject. For more information on the terms and definitions, please refer to the Total VET students and courses: terms and definitions document.

Low counts (less than 5) are not reported to protect client confidentiality.

Percentages are rounded to one decimal place.  This can lead to situations where the total sum of proportions in a chart may not add up to exactly 100%.

UEE – Electrotechnology and UTE Electrotechnology Training Packages apprentice and trainee data has been extracted from the National Apprentice and Trainee Collection, including:

  • 2010 to 2017 commencements
  • 2010 to 2017 completions 
  • 2017 apprentices and trainees in-training October to December 2017 collection, by qualification and state and territory of data submitter.
Updated: 17 Dec 2018
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