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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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- Read and interpret drawings, blueprints, schematics and electrical code specifications to determine layout of industrial electrical equipment installations
- Install, examine, replace or repair electrical wiring, receptacles, switch boxes, conduits, feeders, fibre-optic and coaxial cable assemblies, lighting fixtures and other electrical components
- Test electrical and electronic equipment and components for continuity, current, voltage and resistance
- Maintain, repair, install and test switchgear, transformers, switchboard meters, regulators and reactors
- Maintain, repair, test and install electrical motors, generators, alternators, industrial storage batteries and hydraulic and pneumatic electrical control systems
- Troubleshoot, maintain and repair industrial, electrical and electronic control systems and other related devices
- Conduct preventive maintenance programs and keep maintenance records
- May install, maintain and calibrate industrial instrumentation and related devices.
Sudbury, Elliot Lake, North Bay, Sault Ste. Marie, Timmins, Algo, Blind River, Capreol, Cobalt, Englehart, Espanola, Garson Junction, Haileybury, Hearst, Iroquois Falls, Kapuskasing, Kirkland Lake, Mattawa, New Liskeard, Nickel Centre, Parry Sound, Powassan, Temiskaming Shores, Thessalon, Valley East, Blezard Valley, Carol Richard Park, Connaught Hill, Dowling, Elmview, Finntown, Flake, Guilletville, Hanmer, Laurentien, Levack, Lively, McCrea Heights, Naughton, Parkwood, Pinecrest, Porcupine, Pottsville, South Porcupine, Val Caron, Val Therese
Outlook & Prospects for Industrial Electricians in Northeast Region
The future forecast and current conditions for an occupation can vary based on location or due to changes in the economy, technology, or demand for a product or service.
Local Employment Potential Information
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In the Northeast, the outlook for industrial electricians is expected to be good for the period 2012-2013. This region has more than 1,000 workers in the occupation according to the 2006 Census. The mining sector, which employs about one-third of the industrial electricians in this region, is showing signs of growth and expansion. This bodes well for this occupation moving forward.
In Ontario, employment prospects for electricians are expected to be fair to good over 2012-2013. According to the 2006 Census there were over 12,000 industrial electricians in Ontario, relatively unchanged from the previous census. The demand for skilled workers in this occupation is sensitive to economic conditions in the manufacturing sector, with about two-thirds of industrial electricians working in that industry. As the sector continues to recover from the recent recession, demand is expected to strengthen. This occupation has an older age profile, its workers having an average age of 45 years compared to 40 years for all occupations in Ontario. An increasing number of opportunities may come from retirements.
Technological change continues to have a strong influence on the occupation. The trend toward energy conservation through the use of solar panels, motion sensors and power saving lighting, and the upgrading and retrofitting of older facilities are stimulating the demand for electricians. Pre-fabricated parts that were once assembled by electricians now require less time for installation and may limit employment opportunities. Electricians with a master's licence, while not required in the industrial sector, will have the better opportunities given their flexibity to work in both industrial and construction settings.
Local Labour Market News
Week of Apr 15 – Apr 19, 2013
Week of Apr 01 – Apr 05, 2013
Week of Mar 25 – Mar 29, 2013
- Xstrata Copper, based in Timmins, will be hiring staff as it faces 400 retirements in the next few years
Week of Mar 18 – Mar 22, 2013
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