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Electrical Project Manager - Perth, Australia.

Old May 20th 2012, 6:57 pm
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Default Electrical Project Manager - Perth, Australia.

Hi folks

This is my first post so apologies if I ask questions already answered.

I am a qualified electrician but have been working in management for around 20 years now, for electrical projects, networking and lately security systems. Although it was initially project management I moved into Design and Estimation of the systems mention.

My Dilemma...........I have a friend who has an electrical business and would be willing to sponsor me. Would I need to get my A grade licence to work as a manager, although it would make obvious sense.

If so, how do I go about this as it appears that you have to have worked for "no less than 7 years" in the trade. I have done this time but concerned that as it was years ago it would effect my chances.

My initial intention would be to go through the ARTC route.

Has anyone had anyone had experience of going over as a PM.

Thanks in advance.
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Old May 20th 2012, 7:15 pm
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Originally Posted by funtime frankie View Post
Hi folks

This is my first post so apologies if I ask questions already answered.

I am a qualified electrician but have been working in management for around 20 years now, for electrical projects, networking and lately security systems. Although it was initially project management I moved into Design and Estimation of the systems mention.

My Dilemma...........I have a friend who has an electrical business and would be willing to sponsor me. Would I need to get my A grade licence to work as a manager, although it would make obvious sense.

If so, how do I go about this as it appears that you have to have worked for "no less than 7 years" in the trade. I have done this time but concerned that as it was years ago it would effect my chances.

My initial intention would be to go through the ARTC route.

Has anyone had anyone had experience of going over as a PM.

Thanks in advance.
Hi,

I received some bad advice before I satarted the whole migration roller coaster, I was told that if I was to be assessed as an electrician i would have had to have been working as one for a number of years out of the previous 5 year spell. This turned out to be BS in my case as I was clearly still working within the trade albeit at a management level as appears to be the case with you.

However, my undertanding is that even if you are to be sponsored you will still need to have your skills assessed to demonstrate that you are an electrician by trade even though you no longer work on the tools. This means that if you are planning on migration based on your occupation that the ARTC is in the future for you, this can only be applied for once in Australia after you have been granted a visa.

I am a bit out of the loop now (its amazing how quickly you forget or your knowledge becomes obsolete once you no longer have to worry about it) but I thinkthat Vettasses are still carrying out the assessments for electricians but one of the others should be along shortly to fill in the gaps.

In short I can assure you that working as a manager in the electrical industry need not be a hindrance in an application for skilled migration as an electrician, I used an agent and would definitely recommend that you do to given your circumstances.

Goodl luck
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Old May 21st 2012, 6:42 am
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Default Re: Electrical Project Manager - Perth, Australia.

Originally Posted by funtime frankie View Post
Hi folks

This is my first post so apologies if I ask questions already answered.

I am a qualified electrician but have been working in management for around 20 years now, for electrical projects, networking and lately security systems. Although it was initially project management I moved into Design and Estimation of the systems mention.

My Dilemma...........I have a friend who has an electrical business and would be willing to sponsor me. Would I need to get my A grade licence to work as a manager, although it would make obvious sense.

If so, how do I go about this as it appears that you have to have worked for "no less than 7 years" in the trade. I have done this time but concerned that as it was years ago it would effect my chances.

My initial intention would be to go through the ARTC route.

Has anyone had anyone had experience of going over as a PM.

Thanks in advance.
Hi there,
As rinkerdink has stated, being a PM shouldn't be a hindrance, assuming of course, that you are time served. Also, for skills assessments, I'm not sure if vetassess do skills assessments for seekers of a 457. They do assessments for permanent migration but their website indicates they don't do it for temporary residents from the UK.
To be honest , I don't know what the process is for employer sponsored visas.
Ordinarily I would suggest you contact a vetassess or the TRA but you don't want an office junior giving you a bum steer but it may be worth contacting them any way. I see on another thread that a mate of yours appears to already gone down this route. How did he do it?
Or you could consult a MARA registered migration agent. Their initial consultations are usually free and they'll be able to tell you from the outset what you have to do.
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Old May 21st 2012, 8:44 am
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Default Re: Electrical Project Manager - Perth, Australia.

My mate already got his visa as he is a fibre optic specialist working for an electrical contractor. It looks as though ARTC is the route to go for him although he thought vetassess was his option. I think the problem is that he has been speaking to people who have not had a visa to start with.
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