Electrical fitter/mechanics can perform the work of an electrical fitter and electrical mechanic. Although an electrical mechanic can perform the work of an electrical fitter under the Queensland Electrical Legislation, certain companies prefer to employ tradespeople with both electrical fitter and electrical mechanic on their licence.

The Electrical Safety Act states the requirements for an Electrical Fitter/Mechanic Licence. QET assists those people that have come from overseas and has applied for and received an Australian Recognised Trade Certificate (ARTC) as electrical fitter/mechanic. This is very rare these days as the Australian Recognised Trade Certificate (ARTC) has been replaced by the Offshore Technical Skills Record (OTSR) which was first introduced in 2007/2008.

If you come from overseas and wish to work as an electrician here in Queensland, you first need to apply for an OTSR from an approved training organisation.

Now that you have an OTSR, you need to apply for your electrical mechanic licence with this application form and send it to the Electrical Licensing Dept along with a current CPR Certificate (current means less than 1 year)

The Electrical Licensing Dept will send you a Training Permit to allow you to perform electrical work under supervision.

You now need to seek employment as an electrical mechanic to gain on-job experience in working under the Australian Standards Framework. At the same time, QET offers the gap training for your off-job training.

Once both the on-job and off-job training is completed, a Form 31 and a Completion Statement, signed by your employer, yourself, and QET, is forwarded to the Electrical Licensing Dept for the issuance of your electrical Mechanic licence. Once you have gained your electrical mechanic licence, you can continue your training to complete your electrical fitter licence endorsement. This time you need to be employed where you are able to gain electrical fitter experience, that is, the maintenance and repair of electrical equipment. Often this sort of work is associated with maintenance electricians working in heavy industry such as mines and refineries etc.

FURTHER INFORMATION including costs etc.

Please email Chris at chris@qet.edu.au and QET will provide you a letter of offer for the training. If you wish to undertake this training, we will need to verify that you are an electrical fitter/mechanic and that you have applied for your electrical fitter/mechanic training permit. Please include a scanned copy of your electrical fitter/mechanic ARTC and Training Permit. If you cannot scan, you will have to send a copy to me by post.