Thinking about being an electrician or electrical engineer? The Career Start program aims to equip you with the knowledge and skills that will enhance your employment prospects in the electrical or related industries. Successful completion of the course may lead to an apprenticeship or provide progression to a Certificate III or IV in other electrotechnology fields.

  • Classroom/workshop based/online delivery
  • Materials fee: Year 1=$265, Year 2=$240
  • Required clothing and equipment: steel cap work boots, full-length pants, shirt or t-shirt (NO singlets), scientific calculator, pencil case, ruler, pens, pencils, erasers and an exercise book.

Units of competency

Unit code Unit name Nominal hours Compulsory/Elective
UEECD0007 Apply work health and safety regulations, codes  20 Core
CPCCWHS1001 Prepare to work safely in the construction industry  6 Core
UEECD0020 Fix and secure electrotechnology equipment 20 Elective
UEECD0038 Provide solutions and report on routine electrotechnology problems  60 Core
UEECD0046 Solve problems in single path circuits 40 Core
UEECD0052 Use routine equipment/plant/technologies in an energy sector environment 40 Core
  Total nominal hours 186  
Unit code Unit name Nominal hours Compulsory/Elective
UEECD0038 Provide solutions and report on routine electrotechnology problems 60  
UEECD0046 Solve problems in single path circuits 40  
UEERE0021 Provide basic sustainable energy solutions for energy reduction in residential premises 40 Core
Select electronic components for assembly 20 Elective
UEEAS0001 Assemble electronic components 40 Elective
  Total nominal hours 200  
*prerequisite requirement


On successful completion of this program, students will:

  • VCE: be eligible for up to four units of credit towards their VCE: two units at Units 1 and 2 level and a Units 3 and 4 sequence. This program does not offer scored assessment. Students who receive a Units 3 and 4 sequence may be eligible for an increment towards their ATAR (10% of the lowest study score of the primary four).

  • Qualification: be eligible for the award of UEE22020 – Certificate II in Electrotechnology (Career Start).

Complementary studies include Mathematical Methods and Physics.

Career opportunities include electrician and electrical engineer.

Pathways and further study

Start with...

Certificate II in Electrotechnology (Career Start)

*Course not offered by Swinburne University of Technology.

How to apply for VET Delivered to Secondary Students

Essentially, we’re in partnership with you and your school. You speak to your school and they coordinate your application with Swinburne. Seek out your school’s VET or careers coordinator for course recommendations and discuss your options. Then, when you’ve decided on a VDSS course that fits, your school will forward your application directly to us.

To be eligible for consideration for a VDSS program you must be currently enrolled in Year 10, 11 or 12.

You’ll receive notification from your school about the outcome of your application. Successful? More information about enrolment will follow.

If there is greater demand than course places available, you’ll be placed on a waiting list. So, take note of our key application dates to allow time for your school-endorsed application to get to us.

Please refer to Swinburne's policies and regulations for student rights and responsibilities while on campus.

Course costs

The costs associated with Swinburne VDSS programs is invoiced directly to schools. For more information on course costs, it’s best to contact your school’s VET or careers coordinator.

2025 key dates

First round applications open Monday 12 August 2024
First round applications close Sunday 6 October 2024
Schools notified Monday 14 October 2024
Late applications open Wednesday 16 October 2024
Late applications close Wednesday 6 November 2024

These dates are indicative only.

Enrolment and Orientation

Orientation for courses at Wantirna campus and Croydon campus is scheduled for Wednesday 27 November 2024.

When you’ve completed your enrolment and we’ve seen you on campus for orientation, you’ll attend Swinburne one day per week for training while continuing at your secondary school.

Courses commence Wednesday 5 February 2025.

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Contact the VET Delivered to Secondary Students team

Have questions? If you would like more information about Swinburne's Vocational Education and Training Delivered to Secondary Students, please call us on 1300 275 794 or email