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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 2019 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 19 years, although the overall trend has been downwards. There was a small increase between 2018 and 2019, however the employment level is projected to continue to decline over the next five years until 2024. Electronics Trades Workers are employed in a wide range of industries according to the 2016 census, 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 2019, however a small increase is projected over the next five years to 2024. The 2016 census data indicates that 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, followed by a substantial increase between 2018 and 2019. This upward trend is expected to continue to 2024. According to the 2016 census, 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 2,530 program enrolments in Electronics and Computers related qualifications during 2018, and more than 720 completions. Both program enrolments and completions decreased overall between 2015 and 2018.

More than one third of enrolments during 2018 were in a certificate II level (38%) in Electronics and Communications related qualifications, with most of the remaining enrolments occurring at a diploma or higher level (28%) and a certificate III level (25%).

Almost half of the enrolments were in Certificate II, III & IV in Electronics and Communications (48%) with the intended occupations of Electronic Equipment Trades Worker and Electrical or Telecommunications Trades Assistant. Approximately one in five enrolments were in a Certificate II in Computer Assembly and Repair / Certificate II in Electronic Assembly (19%) with the sole intended occupation of an Electrical or Telecommunications Trades Assistant, while a further 19% of enrolments were in a Diploma & Advanced Diploma of Electronics and Communications Engineering which had the only intended occupation of an Electronic Engineering Technician.

For enrolments during 2018, TAFE institutes provided 85% of all training, with the remainder split between universities (9%) and private training providers (6%). Most training that was delivered by universities was at the diploma and above level.

For subject enrolments during 2018, more than three quarters were Commonwealth and state funded (79%), with the remaining portion made up by international fee for service (14%) and domestic fee for service (8%). This varied significantly for private training providers where a large proportion of enrolments were international fee for service (62%), with 34% domestic fee for service and Commonwealth and state funded accounting for just 4%. Just under one quarter of students were from Victoria (24%), followed by Western Australia (22%) and New South Wales (20%).

Close to a third of training was delivered in Victoria (31%), followed by Western Australia (27%) and New South Wales (21%).

During 2018, there were more than 330 apprentice and trainee commencements, and approximately 210 completions in Electronics and Computers related qualifications. Commencements in 2018 have increased from the 2016 and 2017 figures of roughly 280 and are generally in line with 2015 figures. Completions have gradually declined after peaking at close to 340 in 2014, with approximately 210 completions in 2018.  

As at December 2018, 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 were recorded in New South Wales (66%).

For more data specific to your occupation, industry or training package, visit NCVER’s VET Students by Industry. If you are prompted to log in, select cancel and you will continue to be directed to the program.

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Industry insights

The Electrotechnology IRC’s 2019 Skills Forecast highlights the rapid changes occurring across the globe as a result of technological innovation, and electronics and computer technology form an essential part of automated systems and smart devices. Many appliances in the home now have capability to be embedded with electronics allowing for remote and automatic control with the help of radio frequency (RF) communication systems and wireless technology. The Internet of Things (IoT) uses technology through embedded sensors and connected devices that provide real-time data which can be used for operational optimisation, remote monitoring of assets and infrastructure, predictive maintenance and energy efficiency. These continually evolving technologies have implications for the Training Package, which needs to reflect the skills required for the design, operation and troubleshooting of these technologies and systems.

This fast-paced nature of technological evolution has meant the Electronics and Computers qualifications now contain outdated skills and reference old or obsolete technologies that do not meet current industry requirements and work practices. The Electrotechnology IRC’s 2019 Skills Forecast has placed priority on reviewing these qualifications in 2020/21 to ensure these qualifications in the future include competency standards that cover current work practices, as well as skills for industry relevant equipment and technology, including emerging technologies.

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.

UEE/UEE11 – 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:

  • 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 program enrolments
  • 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 subject enrolments
  • 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 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/UEE11 – Electrotechnology and UTE Electrotechnology Training Packages apprentice and trainee data has been extracted from the National Apprentice and Trainee Collection, including:

  • 2010 to 2018 commencements
  • 2010 to 2018 completions 
  • 2018 apprentices and trainees in-training October to December 2018 collection, by qualification and state and territory of data submitter.
Updated: 31 Mar 2020
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