Industrial Electricians serve an important role in maintaining and repairing industrial equipment in plants, mills, mines, and other locations. While the prevalence of trouble-free electronic components is limiting job growth, Canadian industry will always need a core of workers in this area, especially if they have training in electronics.

The Job

Work realities:
Industrial engineers work in a plant, shop, mill, or other industrial setting. They are on their feet for much of their shift, and often work on ladders or scaffolding to complete the job. For safety reasons, they wear steel-toed shoes and other safety gear. They might be assigned to work any shift, as their role is to keep equipment and building services in good working order. They work year-round, unlike construction engineers.

An Industrial Electrician uses building and equipment blueprints and schematics to assist them in installing, examining, testing, replacing, or repairing switches, wiring, conduits, and other devices or components in the plant. They are responsible for troubleshooting electrical problems, as well as repair and maintenance.

Future possibilities:
Industrial Electricians can rise to supervisory positions. With further study and an apprenticeship, they can become journeyman electricians.


Industrial Electricians have excellent manual dexterity and good eyesight, plus a knack for visualizing and solving problems. Those who expand their horizon and acquire further training in electronics will be prepared for the jobs of the future.

Required Skills and Training

A high school education and fluency in English and French is usually required. Trainees must then complete an apprenticeship of four or five years, often in conjunction with courses in industrial electrical equipment.

Even entry level jobs require certification and training, as well as experience.

Skills and Certifications:
Certification requirements vary by province. A Red Seal interprovincial trade certification equips an Industrial Electrician to work anywhere.


Your experience and training can lead you to an exciting career as an Industrial Electrician. Randstad has positions available with leading Canadian companies, so click here to find the right industrial electrician job for you.

Employers, if you need competent, certified Industrial Electricians who can keep your equipment functioning and up to code, Randstad has candidates to meet your requirements. Click here to find out how we can help with your recruitment strategy.

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