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I'm looking for an apprenticeship for my son in a field where that has some of the best possibilities that there will always be work.

In Australia there is an ENORMOUS project looming. It has been talked about politically for a decade. I don't know the details of it but it looks like Australia is seriously planning to have about the biggest fiber optic network in the world!

Anyway, I'd like my son to be part of it.

I'm not an electrician but I think the people most likely to do this work would be;

A big electrical firm that puts electrical power in trenches throughout the city. They will train their electricians to get their fiber optic qualification so they can do both jobs in the trench.

My question is;

Who are the electrical companies in Australia that has big contracts with the government to put power in the ground?
 

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rookie37,

Well the best opportunities lie in either Queensland or Perth.

I have numerous friends in Melbourne CBD, Sydney and Adelaide and they all say that at present things are a little slow.

Personally, here in QLD it's been all hands on deck!

The supply authority here in QLD for electricity is Energex. (www.energex.com.au)

They offer apprenticeships and i think the cut off date hasn't closed yet.

Another is Ergon Energy (www.ergon.com.au) and Thiess (www.thiess.com.au). These two sub contract to Energex but still offer great employment and training in specialised fields.

The fibre optic infrastructure you mentioned is a joint venture between the Australian Gov and a few corporations. If he wants to get into the communications side then probably Telstra is an option.

they will not use many sparkies to pull the cables. It is very different in Australia compared to most places. You need to become a licenced electrician but your licence is only valid for the state you obtained it in?????? (The principles of electricity must be different when you cross the border???!!!) they make you sit a 3 to 6 month course (depending on how the assessing board guy feels that day!!) I know people that have got 3 signatures and others that sat a 6 month college course!!

Hope this helps.
 

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Hi there, i run an Electricians forum for Australians www.phased.com.au , post the question there, might get more of a response from local Aussie people..

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I am a member of phased along with a couple of other members here. Damien is a great guy that has put a great deal of effort into launching this Forum. Only 35 members so far, but a group of good guys. Please take some time out of your busy day to check it out and sign up. Share some humor and wisdom with our friends down under. Different codes and standards, same electrons.



Besides, our day is their night, while they are sleeping we can debate grounding electrodes as per NEC 250.:whistling2:
 
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