Electrical mechanics (NOC 7333)

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Estimated hourly wage
in Québec (2017-2019)
Minimum 18.75$
Median 25.00$
Maximum 35.00$
Job prospect
Employment in 2018
Skill level
Technical (usually a college or secondary school vocational diploma)

Nature of work

Electrical mechanics maintain, test, rebuild and repair electric motors, transformers, switchgear and other electrical apparatus. They are employed by independent electrical repair shops, service shops of electrical equipment manufacturers and maintenance departments of manufacturing companies.

Main duties

  • Electrical mechanics perform some or all of the following duties:
  • - Test and observe electrical, electronic and mechanical components and systems using testing and measuring instruments
  • - Troubleshoot and repair electric motors, transformers, switchgear, generators and other electro-mechanical equipment
  • - Replace or recondition shafts, bearings, commutators and other components
  • - Continued…
  • - Wind, assemble and install various types of coils for electric motors or transformer
  • - Perform static or dynamic balancing of armatures or rotors by welding, brazing or soldering electrical connections and by aligning and adjusting parts
  • - Test and repair or replace faulty wiring or components in electrical switchgear
  • - Test repaired motors, transformers, switchgear or other electrical apparatus to ensure proper performance
  • - Perform some machining to recondition or modify shafts, commutators or other parts
  • - Perform on-site servicing and repair.
  • * Electrical mechanics may specialize in working with certain types of apparatus, such as electric motors or transformers, or in performing certain functions, such as winding coils.

Employment requirements

  • * Completion of secondary school is usually required.
  • * Completion of a four-year apprenticeship program or A combination of over four years of work experience in the trade and some college or industry courses in electrical mechanics is usually required for trade certification.
  • * Trade certification as an electric motor system technician is available, but voluntary, in Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, Ontario, Manitoba, Alberta, British Columbia, the Yukon and Nunavut.
  • * Electrical motor and equipment repairer - winding trade certification is available, but voluntary in Quebec.
  • * Electrical motor system technician (electrical utility) trade certification is available, but voluntary in New Brunswick.
  • * Red Seal endorsement is also available to qualified electric motor system technicians upon successful completion of the interprovincial Red Seal examination.

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