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
- Consulting, Commissioning
- HVAC to Controls to Instrumentation
- Operations to Instrumentation to Programming
- Quality Control to Foreman to Management
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!
Mild Physical Activity
Long Periods of Standing
Working from Heights
Some Overtime Required
- Chemical manufacturing
- Forestry and logging
- Heavy and civil engineering construction
- Machinery manufacturing
- Mining and quarrying
- Non-residential and residential building construction
- Paper manufacturing
- Petroleum and coal product manufacturing
- Primary metal manufacturing
- Professional, scientific and technical services
- Public administration, including regulatory
- Rail transportation
- Transportation equipment manufacturing
- Utilities, including renewable energy
- Wood product manufacturing
Oil and gas services
Exploration and production
- High School Diploma (or equivalent)
- 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.
- British Columbia and many other provinces and territories distinguish between Industrial Electricians and Electricians. To work as an industrial electrician, typically a person must be a registered apprentice, a provincially-certified journeyperson, 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.
- Red Seal endorsement is also available to qualified Industrial Electricians upon successful completion of the interprovincial Red Seal examination.
- Examples of Health and Safety Training that may be required:
- 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
- Arc Flash Training
- 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