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Electrical Engineer Career Information

Occupation statistics

18,900 electrical engineers in Australia1

4,706 electrical engineers in Victoria (24.9%)1

Average gross weekly earnings AUD$1,4502

Average weekly hours 41.13

View the Job Outlook website for career and labour market research information on this occupation.

An elecrical engineer using an altmeter 

Victoria is currently offering visa nomination for eligible electrical engineers. To be eligible to apply electrical engineers must meet Victoria's minimum eligibility requirements and address the nomination assessment requirements for the occupation.  See the Occupation Lists for more information.

More detailed information about applying for Victorian Government visa nomination is available in the Visas and Immigration section.

Licensing and registration

Electrical engineers working in the building industry are required to be licensed. For more information on licensing, please contact:

Building Commission

The Goods Shed
733 Bourke Street, Docklands
VIC, 3008, AUS
+61 3 1300 815 817
+61 3 9618 9062


Think about applying for licensing and registration before you arrive in Australia, once you have your visa, as the process can take some time.

Industry contacts

Professional bodies and industry associations are a good source of information about electrical engineers in Victoria.

  • Engineers Australia is the major industry body for engineers. It is a valuable source of information and resources. Its publications include the Engineering Employment Handbook and the Salary and Benefits Survey. Engineers Australia hosts networking events and runs industry seminars.
  • Engineers Victoria is the Victorian branch of Engineers Australia. It provides links to professional development and networking activities.
  • Engineering Education Australia provides information on professional development and corporate learning programs. In some circumstances it is possible for engineering technologists to upgrade their qualifications to professional engineer status.

Finding a job

Engineering professionals are employed in a range of areas including aerospace, architecture, automotive, building services, civil and structural engineering, construction, facilities management, interior design, rail, quantity surveying, surveying and water.

Electrical engineers may work for management consultants, manufacturing companies, mining companies, the construction sector or the public service. They are employed across several industries including: Professional, Scientific and Technical Services; Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services; Manufacturing; and Mining.3


We suggest that you only apply for jobs when your visa to live and work in Australia has been issued. The visa application process can take time, and employers are less likely to employ you if you don’t know when you will arrive in Australia and don’t have a work visa.

To search for Victorian recruiters who specialise in electrical engineers, visit the Recruitment and Consulting Services Association's Member Index.

For more general information on Victoria’s job market, including where and how to find jobs, and workplace culture, visit our Working and Employment section.

Migrating to Victoria

If you are not an Australian citizen you will need a visa to enter Australia. The Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) is responsible for all Australian visas.

Some visas require state nomination.  Victoria offers state nomination for eligible skilled migrants and business migrants

Australian skills assessment 

For information on obtaining an Australian skills or qualification assessment, and the licensing or registration requirements for practicing your occupation in Australia, see the Department of Immigration and Border Protection website.

1 Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations, Job Outlook – Occupation pages – Employment levels. Retrieved March 14 2012 from

2 Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations, Job Outlook - Occupation pages. Retrieved March 14 2012 from Please note that wages will vary according to your level of skill and qualification. For more information about your wage earning potential, visit the job seeker sites listed above under Finding a Job.

3 Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations, Job Outlook - Occupation pages - Prospects for Employment. Retrieved March 14 2012 from