- Exploration and production
- Oil and Gas Services
- Oil sands
- High school diploma
About This Career
In the 18th and 19th centuries when Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Edison and Nikola Tesla were doing experiments with electricity, electricians were seen on par with magicians. Today, as an Industrial Electrician, your powers are needed in the oil and gas industry. Industrial Electricians install, repair and maintain electrical devices and equipment in a variety of operations and facilities. If this description amps you up, then a career as an Industrial Electrician may be for you.
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.
In this occupation activities may include:
- Applying safe electrical practices
- Inspecting components of industrial equipment for accurate assembly and installation or for defects, such as loose connections or frayed wires
- Maintaining, repairing and installing switchgear, transformers, switchboard meters, regulators and reactors, motor starters, contactors and other electrical components
- Repairing or adjusting equipment, machines or defective components and replacing worn parts, such as gaskets or seals in watertight electrical equipment
- Examining, replacing or repairing electrical wiring, receptacles, switch boxes, conduits, feeders, fiber-optic and coaxial cable assemblies, lighting fixtures and other electrical components
- Consulting with customers, supervisors or engineers to plan the layout of equipment or to resolve problems in system operation or maintenance
- 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.
- Standard and emergency first aid
- Construction Safety Training System (CSTS)
- Confined Space entry
- H2S Alive
- Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS)
- Fall protection
- Respiratory fit testing
- Aerial lift training
- Traffic control
- Arc flash training
- 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.
You have the ability to follow diagrams of circuits and wiring, and use hand and diagnostic tools in testing and fixing equipment.
- Active listening
- Critical thinking
- Public safety and security
- Building and construction
- Computers and electronics
- Quality control analysis
- Equipment maintenance
- Equipment selection
- 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
- Marine safety certification is required to work in offshore environments
- Mining and quarrying
- Professional, scientific and technical services
- Transportation and warehousing
- Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting
- Public administration
Also known as
- Mine Electrician
- Plant Electrician
- Plant Maintenance Electrician
- Industrial Electrician Apprentice
- Marine Electrician
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