Course Description


The St Patrick’s Technical College Electrotechnology program prepares you for a career as an electrician or in the broader electrotechnology, electronics trades and para-professional vocations.

You will study electrical and electronic systems and components, logic and micro-controller programming. The program integrates a high degree of theory with safety and practical skills development.

The StPatsTech Electrotechnology program is part of the Australian Government’s $5.1 million P-TECH project, providing opportunities for employment and pathways to further education supported by local defence industries employers.

P-TECH Electrotechnology projects give you the opportunity to apply your learning from the College’s industry-focused STEM curriculum plus the Electrotechnology qualification that forms part of your program. Our specialist teachers, with support from engineers and technicians from our industry partners, work with you on the projects and as mentors to provide information and guidance.

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 students at StPatsTech study a nationally-accredited technical / vocational qualification while completing the South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE).

Industry Focused SACE
> General Mathematics
> Mathematics
> Physics
> Design Technology (Systems & Control Products)

Work Ready Skills
> Essential English
> Skills for Life
> Workplace practices
> Cross-disciplinary Studies

Vocational Training
> Certificate II in Electrotechnology (Career Start) (UEE22011)

Our fully integrated courses mean you don’t sacrifice your high school education while undertaking vocational training, either through one of our certificate courses or through our School-based Apprenticeship program.

All subjects at StPatsTech are specifically written with reference to your technical training while the vocational qualification is an industry relevant and highly practical TAFE SA course.


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
UEENEED101A Use computer applications relevant to a workplace
UEENEEE105A Fix and secure electrotechnology equipment
UEENEEE107A Use drawings, diagrams, schedules, standards, codes and specifications
UEENEEE102A Fabricate, assemble and disassemble utilities industry components
UEENEEP024A Attach cords and plugs to electrical equipment for connection to a single phase 230 Volt supply

Work Experience

StPatsTech is focused on helping you move into the workforce. Our Work Ready Skills program gives you the edge when it comes to applying for a job.

Embedded in all the subjects that make up the Work Ready Skills program you’ll discover the key skills that employers are looking for and how you can develop them:

  • People skills
  • Reliability
  • Literacy and numeracy
  • Communication
  • Teamwork
  • Positive attitude and work ethic
  • Critical thinking
  • Creativity
  • Digital literacy
  • Problem solving

To help you develop these skills and introduce you to potential employers, the College conducts an extensive Work Experience program. All students are expected to undertake a minimum of six weeks of placement in the world of work per year.


As part of your program at StPatsTech, we’ll support you to move into an apprenticeship as soon as you’re ready.

Electrotechnology-Course-CaricatureSt Patrick’s Technical College is the School-based Apprenticeship and Traineeship (SbAT) specialist.

A SbAT is a mix of academic, vocational education, training and employment.

Through your SbAT at StPatsTech, employment skills and real-world experience are an integral part of your school program.

Our apprenticeship program is the only one of its kind in South Australia. We allow you and
your employer maximum flexibility so you both get the most out of your SbAT.

In Year 12 you can spend more than 40 weeks full-time with your employer in paid work. This means completing up to the first year of your apprenticeship at the same time as finishing your SACE with support from the College.

StPatsTech School-based Apprentices automatically upgrade to full-time apprenticeships after graduation.

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.