Industrial Electrician


$26,891 - $67,200



At a glance

An industrial electrician plans, installs, tests, inspects, troubleshoots, and services all types of industrial electrical equipment that are vital to the operation of commercial and industrial businesses. These include all equipment or components directly or indirectly exposed to electric power such as motors, generators, pumps, lighting systems, and associated electrical and electronic controls.

While the type of work varies depending on the size of the company and the company's products or services, an industrial electrician is trained to:

  • Read and interpret blueprints, drawings, and code specifications for layout and installation of electrical equipment
  • Install, repair and replace electrical wiring, receptacles, switch boxes, conduits, feeders, cable assemblies, lighting fixtures, and other electrical components
  • Test electrical and electronic equipment for continuity, current, voltage and resistance
  • Install, maintain, repair and test switchgears, transformers, switchboard members, and regulators
  • Install, maintain, repair, and test electrical motors, generators, industrial storage batteries, low voltage distribution systems, and hydraulic and pneumatic electrical control systems
  • Troubleshoot, maintain, and repair industrial electrical and electronic control systems and devices as well as micro-processor-based systems
  • Install and maintain communication data systems, emergency standby systems, heating, ventilation, and climate control systems
  • Calibrate instrumentation devices
  • Conduct preventive maintenance programs and keep maintenance records

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Work environment

Work environments for construction careers can be located outdoors or indoors or both. Work hours may vary as well. Some positions are seasonal while others are all year round, but part-time. Other positions are project-based and may require you to work full-time until the project is complete. And, of course there are careers that have full-time hours all year round.

Below is a list of workplaces where you might find opportunities to gain apprenticeship hours and/or experience. (Source: Apprenticeship Manitoba Handbook and Manitoba Prospects)

  • Electrical contractors
  • Government
  • Maintenance departments in factories, plants or mines

Other conditions: N/A

Mini Skills Assessment

If you answer YES to the questions below, then

  • Do you have strong mathematical skills?
  • Do you have good hand-eye coordination?
  • Do you have an eye for line, colour and proportion?
  • Are you an analytical thinker?
  • Do you have good eyesight?
  • Are you in good shape?

Essential Skills Profiles

The Government of Canada Job Bank has identified Nine Literacy and Essential Skills (Reading, Writing, Document Use, Numeracy, Computer Use, Thinking, Oral Communication, Working with Others, and Continuous Learning).

Below you will find links to the Essential Skills Profiles for this occupation and/or related ones.


Below you will find the annual salaries for apprentices and journeypersons for Industrial electrician.

Minimum for Apprentices

Skills Booklet 2016, Skills Canada/Manitoba


Average for Journey Persons

Skills Booklet 2016, Skills Canada/Manitoba

$58,380 - $67,200

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Industrial Electrician

Program Length (Minimum Years)

4 years

Level Requirements

Required Hours for each level (L)

L1: 1, 800 hours L2: 1, 800 hours

L3: 1, 800 hours L4: 1, 800 hours

Technical Training/Year (weeks in class)

Y1: 10 weeks Y2: 10 weeks

Y3: 10 weeks Y4: 10 weeks

Additional Licensing


Trades Qualification Requirements (minimum experience required)

Minimum years of experience required

(within last 10 years)

6 years

Minimum hours experience required

10, 800

Practical Exam required


Compulsory Apprenticeship/Certificate of Qualifications required to work


Red Seal Trade available


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