Every night, when you turn the lights on at home, a collection of dedicated professionals is responsible for it. The NSW electrical supply and distribution network (ESDN) is a complicated web of infrastructure that requires plenty of experienced hands to manage it. Some are qualified electricians. Some are ASP Level 1 workers constructing network assets. There are electrical engineers, cable jointers, plant and equipment operators and many more. Collectively, these people are known as electrical supply industry (or ESI) workers.

What do ESI workers do?

ESI workers in NSW perform a range of different jobs depending on their skills, training and qualifications. Their primary role is to manage, maintain, and repair the state’s electrical infrastructure. This includes power generation facilities, substations, and the vast network of cables and wires that distribute electricity across NSW.

An ESI worker doesn’t just maintain existing systems. They also upgrade and expand infrastructure to meet the growing energy demands of the modern world. So, ESI workers are the ones you can thank whenever you use an electrical appliance or cross a road with the help of traffic lights.

What skills do ESI workers need?

In a broad sense, ESI workers have the skills and knowledge to understand complex electrical systems. They’re also exceptionally good at problem-solving and making the right decisions quickly. The exact skills required depend on the specific role being performed. This is usually determined by a worker’s accreditation level, such as ASP Level 1, ASP Level 2 and the individual classes within those levels. In this field, safety takes paramount importance, and therefore, ESI workers undergo thorough training in strict safety protocols.

To succeed in this industry, you must also be great at communication. As a Level 2 electrician or ESI worker, you may need to liaise with numerous stakeholders such as government agencies, private companies, and members of the public. In the event of emergency situations such as natural disasters or power outages, these communication and teamwork skills become even more crucial.

Training required

Becoming an ESI worker in NSW involves extensive training and continuous learning. It’s a field that is constantly evolving with technological advancements. Workers need to stay updated with the latest in electrical engineering, renewable energy sources, and smart grid technologies. Safety is another major aspect of working in the ESDN, which is why all accredited service providers (ASPs) must undertake mandatory annual refresher training to maintain their accreditation.

Supply Workforce can help you access all of the training you need, or you can consult with the local experts at IAC Safety Services for more information about the training requirements for working in the ESDN.

Interested in learning more?

If your business operates within the NSW electricity supply and distribution network, it’s likely that you need qualified, skilled ESI workers. Similarly, you’ll need specific skills and training if you’re an electrician or want to join the electrical services industry. Supply Workforce connects skilled workers with available positions for ESI workers. We can also provide plenty of guidance for those looking to make their way in the industry. Contact our friendly team today to find out more.