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  • Skilled Occupation TECHNICIANS AND TRADES WORKERS Electrotechnology and Telecommunications Trades Workers > Electronics and Telecommunications Trades Workers Electronics Trades Workers Communications Operator


      Transmits and receives radio messages by use of morse code, voice and radio teletype.

      Skill Level: 3


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    Average Income:
    The average salary for a Communications Operator is $ 70,022 for male employees and $ 55,606 for female employees per year.
    Average Age: Males: 36.1 Females: 31.9 Persons: 36.0
    [See: www.abs.gov.au 3423 Electronics trades workers - Employee Earnings and Hours, Australia, May 2016]

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    Communications Operator job description, duties and education requirements


      ELECTRONICS TRADES WORKERS maintain, adjust and repair electronic equipment such as business machines, video and audio equipment, and electronic instruments and control systems, and transmit and receive radio messages.

      Indicative Skill Level:

      Most occupations in this unit group have a level of skill commensurate with the qualifications and experience outlined below.

      In Australia:

        AQF Certificate III including at least two years of on-the-job training, or AQF Certificate IV (ANZSCO Skill Level 3)

      In New Zealand:
        NZ Register Level 4 qualification (ANZSCO Skill Level 3)

      At least three years of relevant experience may substitute for the formal qualifications listed above. In some instances relevant experience and/or on-the-job training may be required in addition to the formal qualification.

      Registration or licensing may be required.

      Tasks Include:

      • examining and testing machines, equipment, instruments and control systems to diagnose faults
      • adjusting, repairing, and replacing worn and defective parts and wiring, and maintaining machines, equipment and instruments
      • reassembling, test operating and adjusting equipment
      • advising users of correct operating procedures to prevent malfunctions
      • receiving messages by interpreting code and converting to plain language, and writing and typing messages for transmission
      • monitoring radio traffic, and transmitting and receiving voice messages
      • installing electronic instruments and control systems
      • applying knowledge of electrical, electronic, mechanical, hydraulic and pneumatic principles in commissioning and maintaining control systems


      Sources: www.abs.gov.au and DIBP

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