An Industrial Electrician is a skilled individual who must possess fundamental and specialized knowledge and skills related to the installation and maintenance of electrical devices and components found in industrial settings. Industrial Electricians inspect, install, troubleshoot, repair and service (includes calibration and preventive/predictive maintenance) electrical equipment such as motors, generators, pumps, heavy-duty machines, illumination systems, environmental regulating systems, communication systems, and associated electrical and electronic controls. Individuals who work in this trade are also referred to as Marine, Mill or Mine Electricians, Maintenance Electricians, or Plant Electricians. They are typically employed by maintenance departments of factories, plants, mines, mills, shipyards, oil and gas rigs, and other industrial enterprises.
Note: This trade is transitioning to a Pan-Canadian Harmonized program, so it is important that Apprentices understand how that impacts their training path. This trade will also fall under mandatory certification, effective December 1, 2023. Details on these changes can be found via SkilledTradesBC, or contact your trainer for the most current updates.
Industrial Electrician is a nationally designated trade under the Interprovincial Red Seal Program.
Electricians must be capable of distinguishing colours to work with colour-coded wiring.
The following education is recommended: Grade 12 or equivalent, including English 12, Math 12, Physics 12.
The Apprenticeship Program comprises Levels 1-to-4 of progressive technical training, with each Level taking 10 weeks (300 hours) to complete. Levels 1 and 2 are the same as Electrician, while Levels 3 and 4 are specific to Industrial.
In addition, apprentices are required to accumulate 6,000 hours of work-based training.
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