Imagine not being able to fire up the kettle in the morning, heat the water for a shower, wash your clothes, bake a cake turn on the lights at night – let alone power up an iPhone, laptop or the internet? Electricity is a modern part of life we often take for granted yet one that is critical in allowing us to work and enjoy the creature comforts to which we have become accustomed - and it is electricians that maintain and manage the tools we need to power up our lives.
Damian Hibbert, our Operations Manager in Victoria, spoke to Paul, a Trojan Electrical Supervisor working for a paper company, to learn what the job is really like and whether it has lived up to his expectations.
How do you become an Electrician?
I did a 4-year apprenticeship as a maintenance electrician, then went to night school for seven years to become a technician which led me to become an electrical supervisor.
What is the first thing you do at work each day?
Read the on-site managers 24-hour report so I can follow up and allocate the jobs for the day.
What’s fun about being an Electrician?
I am always learning about new technology.
What makes a good Electrician?
Communication, patience and attention to detail. Must have a very persistent attitude to your work.
What is the most challenging thing you have had to do in your job as an Electrician?
Dealing with budget constraints and management.
What advice would you give to someone wanting to become an Electrician?
If you are keen to keep learning, then it is an excellent occupation as you will always be learning about new technologies to help with the job.
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Courtesy of Jason Everett
Jason Everett is the Senior Human Resources Advisor for Trojan Recruitment Group who has worked in HR roles for the past 20 years servicing many industries including the blue-collar sector. As a passionate HR professional, Jason loves helping candidates find the perfect role and become essential to the business and industries to which they are hired.