Industrial electricians (NOC 7242)

The practice of this trade or part of its functions is regulated and requires a certificate of qualification issued by Emploi-Québec

Please note that detailed information for each of the regulated trades is only available in French.

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Nature of work

Industrial electricians install, maintain, test, troubleshoot and repair industrial electrical equipment and associated electrical and electronic controls. They are employed by electrical contractors and maintenance departments of factories, plants, mines, shipyards and other industrial establishments.

Fields of interest

  • Carrying out tests or trials, process control
  • Making or building things, constructing, doing repairs, and performing installations
  • Working with your hands

Main duties

  • Industrial electricians perform some or all of the following duties:
  • - Read and interpret drawings, blueprints, schematics and electrical code specifications to determine layout of industrial electrical equipment installations
  • - Install, examine, replace or repair electrical wiring, receptacles, switch boxes, conduits, feeders, fibre-optic and coaxial cable assemblies, lighting fixtures and other electrical components
  • - Test electrical and electronic equipment and components for continuity, current, voltage and resistance
  • - Maintain, repair, install and test switchgear, transformers, switchboard meters, regulators and reactors
  • - Maintain, repair, test and install electrical motors, generators, alternators, industrial storage batteries and hydraulic and pneumatic electrical control systems
  • - Troubleshoot, maintain and repair industrial, electrical and electronic control systems and other related devices
  • - Conduct preventive maintenance programs and keep maintenance records
  • - May install, maintain and calibrate industrial instrumentation and related devices.

Main characteristics of the occupation

Employment requirements

  • * Completion of secondary school is usually required.
  • * Completion of a four- or five-year industrial electrician apprenticeship program or A combination of over five years of work experience in the trade and some high school, college or industry courses in industrial electrical equipment is usually required to be eligible for trade certification.
  • * Trade certification for industrial electricians is compulsory in Prince Edward Island, Quebec and Manitoba and available, but voluntary, in Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Ontario, British Columbia and the Yukon.
  • * Additional construction electrician certification may be required for industrial electricians when the employers are not owners of the industrial electrical equipment.
  • * Red Seal endorsement is also available to qualified industrial electricians upon successful completion of the interprovincial Red Seal examination.

Skill type

  • Trades, transport and equipment operators and related occupations

Skill level

  • Technical

More information

  • * The Red Seal endorsement allows for interprovincial mobility. Additional information from Emploi-Québec: Under the Agreement on Internal Trade, a worker holding certification in a regulated trade has access to interprovincial labour mobility, whether or not the worker’s certification bears a Red Seal endorsement.
  • * Progression to supervisory positions is possible with experience.