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Industrial Control

Overview

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

The Industrial Control sector includes the design, installation, and maintenance of instrumentation, control and automation systems. The Industrial Control workforce is employed in industries such as Construction, Mining and Manufacturing.

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

  • Electricians
  • Electronic Trades Workers.

Nationally recognised training for the Industrial Control sector is delivered under the UEE – Electrotechnology Training Package.

For information on Electrical Services, Electrical Engineering, Electronics and Computers, 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 Electricians increased overall between 2000 and 2019 and although a slight dip was seen between 2018 to 2019, levels are projected to increase slightly over the next five years until 2024. According to the 2016 census over half of Electricians are employed in the Construction Services industry with the rest being distributed throughout a range of other industries.

The employment level for the occupation of Electronics Trades Workers has decreased overall since 2000, and is projected to continue to decline 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.

Training trends

Training snapshot

There were approximately 2,740 program enrolments in Industrial Control related qualifications during 2018, above the program enrolments recorded in 2016 and 2017 but below the peak of 2,830 in 2015. There were close to 1,230 completions in 2018, these figures are greater than those recorded in 2015 and 2017, but generally unchanged from 2016.

During 2018 most enrolments were at a certificate IV level (65%). Almost half of those enrolled in Industrial Control related qualifications were studying a Certificate IV in Electrical Instrumentation (49%) with the intended occupation of an Electrician (General). Around one third were enrolled at a certificate III level (31%), of which the only qualification was a Certificate III in Instrumentation and Control, and the only intended occupation was Electronic Instrument Trades Worker (Special Class).

For enrolments during 2018, the majority of training was delivered by private training providers (61%), with TAFE institutes accounting for 30% and universities making up the remainder. Funding for subjects was split between Commonwealth and state funded and domestic fee for service, at 60% and 40% respectively. When considering training providers individually, TAFE institutes (91%) and universities (93%) received a higher proportion of Commonwealth and state funding than private training providers (46%).

More than one third of students who enrolled during 2018 resided in Queensland (37%), a further 23% were from Western Australia and 16% from New South Wales.

More than two fifths of all training was delivered in Queensland (43%), followed by 23% in Western Australia and 14% in New South Wales.

During 2018 there were around 140 apprenticeship commencements, a slight increase from 2017 but below the peak of approximately 230 in 2014. Apprenticeship completions increased steadily from 2010 and peaked at roughly 200 in 2016, however a sharp decline to around 130 was recorded in 2017, followed by slight decrease in 2018. The majority of apprentices were training towards the intended occupations of either Electronics Instrument Trades Workers, followed by Electrician (General). As at December 2018, more than one third of apprenticeship training was reported from Queensland (39%), with a further 20% from Victoria, 16% from New South Wales and 12% in South Australia.

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Industry insights

The Electrotechnology IRC’s 2019 Skills Forecast reports that industrial process automation services and devices are now commonplace, creating demand for skills based around the servicing of these technologies. In addition, automated and smart systems such as security systems, smart lighting, heating and air conditioning, and camera systems are being used by growing numbers of Australians, and not only do these systems allow for remote access and control, many also enable consumers to conserve and monitor energy usage.

Specifically, the Electrotechnology workforce involved in the Industrial Control sector, will require aptitude and skills in the following technologies:

  • Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC) programming
  • Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) systems.

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, selected occupations, employment projections to May 2023
    • 3411 Electricians
    • 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 occupation, 2000 to 2018, May Quarter
    • 3411 Electricians.
    • 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/UEE11 Electrotechnology and UTE Electrotechnology Training Packages

  • Certificate III in Instrumentation and Control
    • UEE31207 - Certificate III in Instrumentation and Control
    • UEE31210 - Certificate III in Instrumentation and Control
    • UEE31211 - Certificate III in Instrumentation and Control
  • Certificate III in Switchgear and Controlgear
    • UEE30707 - Certificate III in Switchgear and Control Gear
    • UEE30711 - Certificate III in Switchgear and Controlgear
  • Certificate IV in Electrical – Instrumentation
    • UEE40407 - Certificate IV in Electrical - Instrumentation
    • UEE40410 - Certificate IV in Electrical - Instrumentation
    • UEE40411 - Certificate IV in Electrical - Instrumentation
  • Certificate IV in Industrial Automation and Control
    • UEE43211 - Certificate IV in Industrial Automation and Control
  • Certificate IV in Industrial Electronics and Control
    • UEE40910 - Certificate IV in Industrial Electronics and Control
    • UEE40911 - Certificate IV in Industrial Electronics and Control
  • Certificate IV in Instrumentation and Control
    • UEE42211 - Certificate IV in Instrumentation and Control
  • Diploma of Electrical and Instrumentation/Instrumentation and Control Engineering
    • UEE50211 - Diploma of Electrical and Instrumentation
    • UEE50911 - Diploma of Industrial Electronics and Control Engineering
    • UEE51010 - Diploma of Instrumentation and Control Engineering
    • UEE51011 - Diploma of Instrumentation and Control Engineering
    • UEE60611 - Advanced Diploma of Industrial Electronics and Control Engineering
    • UTE30899 - Certificate III in Electrotechnology Instrumentation.

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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