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Industrial electricians are skilled tradesmen. They are different from traditional electricians because of their specialized skills and knowledge related to electrical issues in industrial settings, such as in warehouses and manufacturing facilities.

Industrial electricians install, service, and repair wiring issues, fixtures, electrical devices and other machinery. While you have the knowledge of a standard electrician, you may also be provided specialized training for your role. Like many industrial careers for tradespeople, your specific role and responsibilities will vary based on the setting and company.

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what industrial electrician jobs entail

Industrial electricians use 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. In most cases, you will be required to do shiftwork. Overtime and weekends are also common to address issues. In most cases, you will report to a lead electrician or supervisor.

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average industrial electrician salaries

Industrial electricians have a specialized skill set, and this is reflected in their compensation packages. The average salary for industrial electricians in Canada is about $68,000 per year or just over $30 per hour.

New industrial electricians can expect a starting salary of approximately $48,000. Over time, with experience, you can make more than $100,000 annually. Bonuses, overtime, and other factors could help increase your earning potential.

salaries across canada

  • toronto industrial electrician salary

    $25.50 - $36.10 per hour

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  • vancouver industrial electrician salary

    $25.90 - $36.40 per hour

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  • montreal industrial electrician salary

    $24.20 - $ 34.10 per hour

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  • calgary industrial electrician salary

    $26.40 - $37.10 per hour

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your day to day tasks

Industrial electricians keep commercial buildings operating efficiently by performing a wide range of tasks. Every company is unique, so your role will depend on your employer. For example, older facilities will tend to require more maintenance and upgrades, whereas new facilities may focus on installation and calibration. Some tasks that could be part of your role include the following:

  • testing electrical systems for efficiency
  • regularly scheduled maintenance of electrical devices
  • ensuring a safe working environment
  • cleaning contacts and circuit boards
  • upgrading dated wiring and devices
  • assisting with other tasks related to electronics
  • troubleshooting electrical issues with machinery, systems, fixtures, and more
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where you can work

The vast majority of industrial electricians work for companies in manufacturing, construction, and oil and gas. While there are positions across the country, regions with a larger industrial presence, such as in Ontario and Alberta, will provide you with more diverse opportunities.

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what you bring to the table

Industrial electricians maintain and repair industrial equipment in plants, mills, mines, and other industrial settings. Some of the skills required for industrial electrician jobs include:

  • electronic troubleshooting
  • problem-solving and critical thinking
  • ability to work under tight deadlines
  • strong mathematics skills
  • a good sense of risk management
  • ability to read blueprints and schematics

training and certifications

There are a few ways to approach a career as an industrial electrician. A high school education and fluency in English are usually required. Many also enroll in at a trade school for electricians. Following your education, you will 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. Certification requirements vary by province. A Red Seal interprovincial trade certification equips an industrial electrician to work anywhere in the country, making it the most popular form of certification.


where your career is headed

One of the unique aspects of a career as an industrial electrician is that most people who take on this role stay in it for the duration of their careers.

However, you may choose to focus on a specific industry or specialty. Some tradesmen make the shift to other electrical services or become an independent contractor. Industrial electricians can also rise to supervisory positions.

latest industrial electrician jobs available

  • Mechanical Varennes

    2018-12-17 Varennes, Québec Permanent $ 28.00 - $ 35.00 per hour

    Position type : Mechanical Type: Permanent Salary : 28-35$/hour Area : Varennes Industry : Compressors Schedule: day - monday to friday You have a passion for heavy duty mechanical in the compressors industry? You are looking for a role in the field where you go and meet clients with an employeur ...

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  • Electrician Sault Ste. Marie

    2018-12-17 Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario Permanent $ 37.00 - $ 38.50 per hour

    We are hiring for skilled trades people - we are looking for 10 442 A Red Seal Electricians Electrical Maintenance Technicians Must have an Electrical Engineering Technician/Technologist diploma with a minimum of 3 years Trade experience in a related Industrial environment and/or an Electrical ...

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