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Industrial Electrician

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About This Career

Industrial Electricians install, maintain, test, troubleshoot and repair industrial electrical equipment such as industrial controls, transmitters in low and medium voltage systems. They plan and lay out electrical systems based on technical specifications and drawings. They also interact with equipment operators to detect faulty equipment issues and with clients to plan electrical layout systems.

Education: A high school diploma is typically required, along with completion of a four- or five-year industrial electrician apprenticeship program. The apprenticeship program includes required technical training through an approved technical school. 

Employment: This occupation is found in both onshore and offshore environments and is typically employed in the exploration and production (E&P), oil sands, oil and gas services and pipeline sectors of the oil and gas industry.

Example titles: Mine Electrician, Plant Electrician, Plant Maintenance Electrician, Industrial Electrician Apprentice, Marine Electrician

Work Activities
Applying Health and Safety Principles
Applying safe electrical practices.
Controlling Machines and Processes
Working with hand tools, power tools and electronic test equipment.
Inspecting Equipment, Structures or Material
Inspecting components of industrial equipment for accurate assembly and installation or for defects, such as loose connections or frayed wires.
Repairing and Maintaining Electronic Equipment
Maintaining, repairing and installing switchgear, transformers, switchboard meters, regulators and reactors, motor starters, contactors and other electrical components.
Public Safety and Security
Computers and Electronics
Critical Thinking
Career Path
  • Consulting, Commissioning
  • Quality Control to Foreman to Management
  • Operations to Instrumentation to Programming
  • HVAC to Controls to Instrumentation
Related Careers
How Can I Work in LNG?

As Canada prepares for the launch of a liquefied natural gas (LNG) sector, this occupation will play a key role in:

  • Off-site fabrication
  • LNG export facility construction
  • LNG export facility operations
  • Natural gas pipeline construction
  • Turnaround maintenance

When the LNG industry takes off, you can be a part of the action!

Working Conditions
  • Field 2
    Field Visits
  • Physical
    Mild Physical Activity
  • Office
    Office Based
  • Steeringwheel
    Driving Required
  • Variable weather
    Variable Weather
  • Road
    Remote Locations
  • Industrial excavator
    Active Machinery
  • Arrow
    Shift Work
  • Load
    Heavy Lifting
  • Standing
    Long Periods of Standing
  • Physical
    Physically Demanding
  • Heights
    Working from Heights
  • Longshifts
    Long Shifts
  • Overtime
    Some Overtime Required
Transferable Sectors
  • Rail transportation
  • Transportation equipment manufacturing
  • Machinery manufacturing
  • Public administration, including regulatory
  • Forestry and logging
  • Chemical manufacturing
  • Heavy and civil engineering construction
  • Utilities, including renewable energy
  • Mining and quarrying
  • Petroleum and coal product manufacturing
  • Non-residential and residential building construction
  • Professional, scientific and technical services
  • Primary metal manufacturing
  • Paper manufacturing
  • Wood product manufacturing
Job Details

Job Category



Exploration and production

Oil and gas services

Oil sands




Qualifications + Experience


  • High School Diploma (or equivalent)


  • Marine safety certification is required to work in offshore environments
  • Standard and emergency first aid
  • Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS)
  • H2S Alive
  • Fall Protection
  • Construction Safety Training (CSTC)
  • Confined Space Entry
  • Aerial Lift Training
  • Respirator Fit Training
  • Traffic Control
  • Health and safety certifications may include:
  • Red Seal endorsement is available to qualified Industrial Electricians upon successful completion of the interprovincial Red Seal examination.
  • British Columbia and many other provinces and territories distinguish between Industrial Electricians and Electricians. To work an an industrial electrician, typically a person must be a registered apprentice, a provincially-certified journeyman or hold a valid recognized credential. Individuals possessing a valid recognized credential in Alberta are eligible to receive a Blue Seal business credential after completing the necessary requirements.
  • 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 Requirements:

  • In Alberta, a valid Master Electrician Identification Number is required in order to pull electrical work permits. Alberta-certified electricians may apply to the Alberta Safety Codes Council to become Master Electricians following three years of certification