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NOC Code: NOC Code: 7242 Occupation: Industrial electricians
Occupation Description: Occupation Description:
Industrial electricians install, maintain, test, troubleshoot and repair industrial electrical equipment and associated electrical and electronic controls. They are employed by electrical contractors and maintenance departments of factories, plants, mines, shipyards and other industrial establishments. Industrial electricians install, maintain, test, troubleshoot and repair industrial electrical equipment and associated electrical and electronic controls. They are employed by electrical contractors and maintenance departments of factories, plants, mines, shipyards and other industrial establishments.

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Essential Skills Essential Skills Levels
Reading Reading 1 2 3 4
Writing Writing 1 2 3
Document Use Document Use 1 2 3 4
Digital Technology Digital Technology 1 2 3
Oral Communication Oral Communication 1 2 3
Money Math Money Math 1 2 3
Scheduling or Budgeting and Accounting Scheduling or Budgeting and Accounting 1 2
Measurement and Calculation Measurement and Calculation 1 2 3 4
Data Analysis Data Analysis 1 2 3
Numerical Estimation Numerical Estimation 1 2
Job Task Planning and Organizing Job Task Planning and Organizing 1 2
Decision Making Decision Making 1 2 3
Problem Solving Problem Solving 1 2 3
Finding Information Finding Information 1 2 3
Critical Thinking Critical Thinking 1 2 3

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  • Read short text entries on technical drawings and forms, such as work orders, lockouts and equipment inspection sheets, e.g. read comments on work orders to learn the particulars of installation projects. (1)
  • Read instructions and warnings written on signs, labels and packaging, e.g. read signs to learn about noise and electrical shock hazards. (1)
  • Read notices posted on bulletin boards covering topics, such as health and safety policy updates and upcoming events. (2)
  • Read email messages from co-workers, e.g. read email messages from supervisors that provide detailed information about malfunctions that require troubleshooting. (2)
  • Read a variety of manuals to learn how to install, maintain and repair equipment, such as programmable logic controllers, variable speed drives and automated control systems. (3)
  • Read safety-related information, e.g. read safety rules and regulations governing the use of rigging and hazards, such as confined spaces and electrical shock. (3)
  • Read magazine and website articles to learn about new products and stay informed about industry practices. (3)
  • Read and interpret electrical codes, standards and regulations, e.g. read codes issued by regulatory committees, associations, safety code councils and municipal and provincial governments to learn how to complete electrical installations and repairs. (4)
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  • Write short comments in logbooks, e.g. write short comments in logbooks to inform co-workers about progress being made on installations and changes that may have to be made to logic controllers. (1)
  • Write reports to describe events leading up to workplace accidents, e.g. write about injuries and events when completing reports for workers' compensation boards. (2)
  • Write email messages, e.g. write email messages to supervisors and managers to provide details of the work to be undertaken during the next scheduled shut-down. (2)
  • Write detailed service reports that include descriptions of problems and the solutions. (3)
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Document Use
  • Read meters and digital readouts to locate data, such as energy readings, settings, error codes and the number of hours equipment has been operating. (1)
  • Read labels on product packaging, equipment, drawings and panels to locate safety and certification information, operating specifications and identification numbers. (1)
  • Study shift, operating and maintenance schedules to locate the dates and times of upcoming repair and maintenance tasks. (2)
  • Take information from pre-maintenance work orders to determine the location and the type of work to be done. (2)
  • Complete a variety of safety-related forms, e.g. complete lockout and tagout forms prior to repairing equipment. (2)
  • Complete a variety of forms, e.g. enter data, such as dates, identification numbers, times, specifications and costs, to complete work orders and permits. (3)
  • Locate data, such as specifications, classifications, material coefficients and identification numbers, in complex tables, e.g. scan tables in the Canadian Electrical Code for specifications, such as the size of wire needed in relation to the length of run and size of motor. (3)
  • Interpret a variety of schematic, scale and assembly drawings, e.g. study assembly drawings to determine the location of parts within complex assembly and wiring schematics to locate electrical system components, such as circuits, and to troubleshoot equipment faults. (4)
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Digital Technology
  • Use hand-held electronic devices to access equipment error codes and operational data, such as electrical readings. (1)
  • Use personal digital assistant (PDA) devices to complete numeracy-related tasks, such as calculating material requirements. (1)
  • Use Internet browsers to access and share information on web forums and blogs. (2)
  • Use Internet browsers and search engines to access technical service bulletins, electrical codes, specifications and troubleshooting guides. (2)
  • Use the Internet to access training courses and seminars offered by training institutions, unions, suppliers and employers. (2)
  • Use databases to retrieve and print scale and assembly diagrams. (2)
  • Use word processing software to prepare job estimates and invoices. (2)
  • Use databases to enter repair information and retrieve equipment maintenance histories. (2)
  • Use communication software to exchange email with customers, suppliers and help desk technicians. (2)
  • Use spreadsheet software to tally costs for job estimates and invoices. (2)
  • Use bookkeeping, billing and accounting software to input and track sales, produce invoices and estimates and print reports, such as income and expense statements. (2)
  • Install and service Ethernet, peer-to-peer and wireless networks. (3)
  • Use project management software for complex equipment installations to schedule lead times and the completion of project milestones. (3)
  • Search through Internet websites and navigate several menus to locate technical data, such as pin assignments on integrated circuit chips. (3)
  • Install and service process control systems, such as distributed control systems (DCSs) and programmable logic controllers (PLCs), to control the speed and output of machinery. (3)
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Oral Communication
  • Speak with suppliers to learn about products, prices and delivery schedules. (1)
  • Exchange information during meetings, e.g. discuss safety issues and procedures during meetings with co-workers. (2)
  • Exchange information with co-workers, e.g. speak with other tradespeople, such as millwrights, to coordinate activities and schedules. (2)
  • Exchange technical repair and troubleshooting information, e.g. discuss unusual electronic control module faults with co-workers and help desk technicians. (3)
  • Provide detailed explanations, e.g. provide detailed instructions to apprentices about electrical troubleshooting techniques and working safely. (3)
  • Talk to operators about equipment and machinery breakdowns, e.g. ask operators detailed questions to troubleshoot faults and provide complex instructions to avoid similar breakdowns. (3)
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Money Math
  • Calculate amounts for estimates and invoices. Multiply hours worked by labour rates and add amounts for parts, materials, supplies and applicable taxes. (3)
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Scheduling or Budgeting and Accounting
  • Total and report the cost of small projects and repairs. (2)
  • Schedule the completion of concurrent installation and repair tasks by considering project tasks, lead times and the availability of labour and parts. (2)
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Measurement and Calculation
  • Take a variety of measurements using basic tools, e.g. measure length of cables and the dimensions of equipment using tape measures. (1)
  • Calculate electrical requirements, e.g. calculate current flows, resistances and voltages and troubleshoot electrical faults. (2)
  • Calculate requirements using formulae, e.g. use formulae to calculate the parameters for conduit fills and three-phase electrical circuits. (3)
  • Calculate offsets, e.g. use vectors and trigonometric constants to calculate the angles of non-standard bends. (4)
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Data Analysis
  • Compare measurements of energy, dimension, speed, temperature and torque to specifications, e.g. compare the numeric values from gauges and digital displays to standard or required specifications found in operating and installation manuals. (1)
  • Calculate summary measures, e.g. calculate the average amount of power used by large installations. (2)
  • Analyze multiple energy readings to evaluate electrical system functions and troubleshoot faults, e.g. compare electrical resistance measurements to calculated or predicted values at various points in a circuit to identify the location of a ground fault. (3)
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Numerical Estimation
  • Estimate times and costs for equipment repairs and installations. (1)
  • Estimate the register or range of values that will correspond to the correct reading on the sensing or control instrument when installing and calibrating programmable logic controller systems. (2)
  • Estimate the useful life remaining for equipment components, such as motors. (2)
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Job Task Planning and Organizing
  • Industrial electricians organize the most effective use of their time within the framework of assigned tasks. Routine tasks are generally assigned by supervisors or dictated by a procedure established by the employer. Much of their other work is in response to broken or malfunctioning electrical installations and cannot be scheduled. They often have to re-prioritize tasks several times a day. Industrial electricians coordinate their work with other trades and production staff, each having different needs and priorities. (2)
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Decision Making
  • Decide the order of tasks and the priorities, e.g. decide when to begin a time-consuming job based on the probability of being interrupted. (2)
  • Decide that a piece of equipment should be repaired rather than replaced. Consider capital, material and labour costs. (2)
  • Decide how to deal with emergency situations, e.g. decide how to contend with serious equipment malfunctions that have the potential to injure workers and cause significant property and environmental damage. (3)
  • Select materials and suppliers, e.g. decide which brands and types of materials to use by considering specifications, warranties, costs and ease of use. (3)
  • Decide to shut down a machine because of a pending malfunction. Consider the costs associated with the unexpected shutdown, the potential for damage and the risk of injury to workers if the machine is not serviced. (3)
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Problem Solving
  • Equipment cannot be installed because specifications and instructions are unavailable. Consult manufacturers, co-workers, suppliers and colleagues for advice and research websites to locate useable information. (2)
  • Encounter malfunctions in equipment. Using established troubleshooting steps, pinpoint the location and cause of the fault. (2)
  • Encounter intermittent faults in equipment. Run diagnostic procedures and test the telephones during peak usage periods. Call customers for more information and scan service bulletins from manufacturers to see if any of them refer to intermittent service. (3)
  • Face disruptions of work schedules, timelines and budgets when project designs are found to be faulty and when specifications are changed after projects have already started. Assist in the development of new designs and perform other work until the projects are restarted. (3)
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Finding Information
  • Find motor specifications by looking on tags and identification plates and by referring to manuals and technical drawings. (1)
  • Find requirements for non-routine installations by consulting with co-workers and electrical engineers and by reading electrical codes. (2)
  • Learn how to troubleshoot and repair difficult faults by reading operation manuals, conducting Internet research, seeking information on web forums and blogs and by speaking with other tradespeople, electrical engineers and manufacturers. (3)
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Critical Thinking
  • Evaluate the safety of work sites. Observe elements, such as overhead wiring, lockouts, confined spaces and fall hazards. Take note of potential hazards, such as iced walkways and improperly stored tools. (2)
  • Evaluate the performance of apprentices. Consider apprentices' abilities to complete electrical installations and diagnose and troubleshoot faults. (2)
  • Evaluate the severity of equipment faults. Consider criteria, such as readings, specifications and the risks to safety, property and the environment. (3)
  • Assess the quality and neatness of installations before leaving work sites. Check the equipment for proper labelling, confirm that cables are properly anchored and connections are tight and review test results. Compare completed installations to drawings and other project documents to ensure equipment has been installed as planned. (3)
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