Course Description

Electro-StudentThe StPatsTech Electrotechnology program has been structured to give you the pre-requisite skills to prepare you for a career as an electrician or in the broader electrotechnology and electronics trades and para-professional vocations.

This program features delivery of the Certificate II in Electrotechnology (Career Start) plus an Electronics focused Systems & Control Products course.

You will study electronic components, electrical and electronics systems, logic and micro-controller programming. The program integrates the high degree of theory necessary to be successful in this field with practical skills development.

Both qualifications in this program are delivered in the specialist St Patrick’s technical College facilities by our own industry experienced teacher / trainers.

This program is part of the StPatsTech School of Engineering & Transport. To see the other pathways available in this sub-school, visit the Programs page.

Course Structure


All subjects at StPatsTech are written specifically for your trade program.

Pre-vocational trade training is industry relevant, highly practical and fully accredited by TAFE SA.

> Pre-vocational training
> Certificate II in Electrotechnology (Career Start) (UEE22011)

> Trade theory subjects
> Mathematics
> Essential English
> Physics

> Work Ready Skills program


St Patrick’s Technical College – Electrical Workshop

Curriculum Information

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Certificate II in Electrotechnology (Career Start) (UEE22011)


Course content includes: WHS, solve d.c. circuit problems, use equipment and plant, use drawings and material in energy sector, fix and secure electrotechnology equipment.

See below for full list of competencies associated with this AQF qualification delivered in partnership with TAFE SA.

Integrated Learning

Students apply their knowledge and skills to a real-world task, event, learning opportunity, or context, which leads to a specific purpose, product, or outcome. The subject draws links between aspects of students’ lives and their learning. Students develop and demonstrate their collaboration, teamwork, and self-awareness, and evaluate their learning. This subject is part of the Year 12 pre-apprenticeship program.

Systems & Control Products

Systems & Control Products involves students designing and testing electronic circuits using interactive computer based software. Through practical exercises and experimentation, students then construct circuits and use these to solve simple tasks. They develop an understanding of programmable chips and their functions. Students are involved in designing and manufacturing electronic circuits, evaluating their designs and recognising the special features of the components. Through experimentation, students develop skills in circuit design and fault finding. They develop an understanding of transistor–transistor logic circuits and the common components used in them. A research topic on the impact of electronics is part of the course. This subject is part of the Year 12 pre-apprenticeship program.

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Essential English

Our literacy program prepares students to communicate effectively within the workplace. This subject provides students with skills required to enhance their oral and written skills. Students learn techniques to improve their employment opportunities, their ability to work in a team and their effectiveness to communicate with customers and clients. Areas such as the planning and writing of job applications, procedures when writing curriculum vitae and the appropriate use of email and other electronic communications are also studied in this course.


In the study of mathematics students participate in a wide variety of problem-solving activities. The subject gives students the abilities and skills required in the workplace and in everyday life. Students also learn to appreciate, experience and understand mathematics as a growing body of knowledge in contemporary situations. They learn how to approach new challenges by investigating, modelling, reasoning, visualising, and problem-solving, with the goal of communicating to others the relationships observed and problems solved.


This subject focuses on the application of Physics in trade based situations. It enables students to develop their knowledge of the principles and concepts that underpin these applications and hence prepare the students to move into school-based apprenticeships or traineeships. Learning is based on the following three topics: Electricity- Static and Current, Magnetism- Fields and Electromagnetic Induction and Waves – Sound and Light – and is based on practical investigations that allow students to critically evaluate their procedures and results before drawing conclusions.

Research Project

In the Research Project, students have the opportunity to study an area of interest in depth. They use their creativity and initiative, while developing the research and presentation skills they will need in further study or work.

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Skills for Life

The Skills for Life program provides students with meaningful and positive experiences as part of the College’s Catholic community. It aims to develop students knowledge, understanding and appreciation of the dignity of the human person, living in relationship and the nature of freedom and responsibility. It helps students to recognise how they can impact and make a difference in their community and to develop skills and values in relation to what is meaningful and significant to their lives.

Workplace Practices

In Workplace Practices students develop knowledge, skills, and understanding of the nature, type and structure of the workplace. They learn about the value of unpaid work to society, future trends in the world of work, workers' rights and responsibilities and career planning. Our extensive Work Experience program is a key component of this subject allowing students to develop and reflect on their capabilities, interests, and aspirations.

Pre-Vocational Competencies

UEE22011 Certificate II in Electrotechnology (Career Start)
Code Unit Title
UEENEEE101A Apply Occupational Health and Safety regulations, codes and practices in the workplace
UEENEEE104A Solve problems in d.c. circuits
UEENEEK142A Apply environmentally and sustainable procedures in the energy sector
UEENEEE141A Use of routine equipment/plant/technologies in an energy sector environment
UEENEEE148A Carry out routine work activities in an energy sector environment
UEENEEE179A Identify and select components, accessories and materials for energy sector work activities
UEENEED101A Use computer applications relevant to a workplace
UEENEEE105A Fix and secure electrotechnology equipment
UEENEEE107A Use drawings, diagrams, schedules, standards, codes and specifications
UEENEEE130A Provide solutions and report on routine electrotechnology problems
UEENEEK112A Provide basic sustainable energy solutions for energy reduction in residential premises
UEENEEK114A Promote sustainable energy practices in the community

Work Experience

StPatsTech supports you like no other school as you move into the workplace.

Our Work Ready Skills program gives you the edge in the key skills required to gain employment including:

  • self-management
  • communication
  • planning and organising
  • problem-solving
  • teamwork

Giving you the best chance to develop your workplace skills, try your trade for real and meet potential employers, your StPatsTech pre-Apprenticeship program includes a minimum of 6-weeks’ Work Experience per year.


School-based Apprenticeships & Traineeships (SbAT) are a mix of vocational education, training and employment. They allow you to start work and finish school at the same time.

Electrotechnology-Course-CaricatureSt Patrick’s Technical College is the School-based Apprenticeship specialist.

As part of any StPatsTech program, we’ll assist you to move into an SbAT as soon as you’re ready.

Your SbAT gives you credit for your employment skills and real-world experience as part of your school program.

SbAT programs at StPatsTech are unlike any others in schools in South Australia, providing you and your employer with a unique level of FLEXIBILITY.

You can spend up to 40 weeks of your final school year full-time with an employer in paid work. This means you can finish the first year of your full apprenticeship at the same time as completing your SACE.

During your SbAT you’ll be supported by a member of the StPatsTech team and when you graduate, you’ll automatically upgrade to a full-time position.

Career Pathways

Electrotechnology is at the core of modern life. The things we take for granted such as mobile phones, DVD players, TVs, computers through to complex central processes are reliant on skilled electrotechnology trades.

Career opportunities in the industry include:

  • Electrician
  • Electronics technician
  • Telecommunications trades
  • Electrical distribution trades
  • Refrigeration & air-conditioning mechanic

For further information about this industry in South Australia, visit Work Ready.