Industrial electricians perform some or all of the following duties:
A. Read and interpret drawings, blueprints, schematics and electrical code specifications to determine layout of industrial electrical equipment installations
B. Install, examine, replace or repair electrical wiring, receptacles, switch boxes, conduits, feeders, fibre-optic and coaxial cable assemblies, lighting fixtures and other electrical components
C. Test electrical and electronic equipment and components for continuity, current, voltage and resistance
D. Maintain, repair, install and test switchgear, transformers, switchboard meters, regulators and reactors
E. Maintain, repair, test and install electrical motors, generators, alternators, industrial storage batteries and hydraulic and pneumatic electrical control systems
F. Troubleshoot, maintain and repair industrial, electrical and electronic control systems and other related devices
G. Conduct preventive maintenance programs and keep maintenance records
1. Construction - 23.0%
2. Paper manufacturing - 8.0%
3. Primary metal manufacturing - 8.0%
4. Mining (except oil and gas) - 6.0%
5. Transportation and warehousing - 5.0%
6. Wood product manufacturing - 5.0%
7. Motor vehicle manufacturing - 4.0%
1. You usually need a high school diploma.
2. To gain trade certification, you usually need either a four- or five-year industrial electrician apprenticeship program or a combination of over five years' work experience and some high school, college or industry courses in industrial electrical equipment.
3. Trade certification is compulsory in Prince Edward Island, Quebec and the Yukon. It is available, but voluntary, in Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Ontario, and Manitoba.
4. According to the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, these electricians in Canada require a Construction and Maintenance Licence.
5. Qualified industrial electricians may also obtain interprovincial (Red Seal) trade certification, which provides job mobility throughout the country.
6. With experience, you may move up the ranks to become a supervisor.
4. Industrial Arts (Electricity)
The average hourly wages for Industrial Electricians is $24.32/HR, which is above average for occupations in the trades, transport and equipment operators sector and above average for all technical, professional, and skilled occupations. These wages grew at an average rate from 2002 to 2004.