Industrial Electricians 


Industrial electricians read and interpret drawings, blueprints, schematics, and electrical code specifications to determine wiring layouts of industrial electrical equipment installations, install, examine, replace, and repair electrical wiring, receptacles, switch boxes, conduits, feeders, fibre optic, and coaxial cable assemblies, lighting fixtures, and other electrical components, and test electrical / electronic equipment and components for continuity, current, voltage, and resistance.


Work: Maintaining, repairing, installing, and testing switchgears, transformers, switchboard meters, regulators, and reactors, and maintaining, repairing, testing, and installing electrical motors, generators, alternators, industrial storage batteries, and hydraulic / pneumatic electrical control systems.

Useful Secondary School subjects: Math, Physics, Industrial Arts (Electricity), English, Blueprint Reading

Degrees associated with this career: High School Diploma, Certificate, Diploma

Requirements: You usually need a high school diploma. 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. 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. According to the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, these electricians in Canada require a Construction and Maintenance Licence. Qualified industrial electricians may also obtain interprovincial (Red Seal) trade certification, which provides job mobility throughout the country. With experience, you may move up the ranks to become a supervisor. Most recent entrants have a trade / vocational certificate or a community college diploma.

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