Electric Motor System Technician
Introduction
Electrical motor system technicians maintain, test, rebuild and repair electric motors, transformers, switchgear and other electrical apparatus. They are employed by independent electrical repair shops, service shops of electrical equipment manufacturers and maintenance departments of manufacturing companies.
Essential Skills Requirements:
 
Occupational Health and Safety
Reading
Ability to read warnings, instructions and other text passages on product labels, packaging and computer screens, e.g. scan text on labels to learn how to avoid electrical hazards. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to read safety related instructions, e.g. read hazardous material handling instructions in Material Safety Data Sheets. (Complexity: 2)
Ability to read written instructions about equipment lockout procedures. (Complexity: 2)
Ability to read a wide variety of manuals for set-up and calibration, operating, repair, maintenance, testing and quality control procedures. (Complexity: 3 or higher)
Document Use
Ability to identify icons used in WHMIS, fire control and other hazard management systems. (Complexity: 1)
Writing
Ability to write reports to describe events leading up to workplace accidents, e.g. write about injuries and events when completing reports for workers' compensation boards. (Complexity: 2)
Thinking
Ability to evaluate the safety of equipment and the severity of workplace hazards. (Complexity: 2)
 
Equipment Installation, Repair and Maintenance
Reading
Ability to 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. (Complexity: 3 or higher)
Ability to read trade journals, brochures and website articles to learn about new products and stay up-to-date on new technology. (Complexity: 3 or higher)
Ability to understand and interpret written information in text books, training manuals and technical reports. (Complexity: 3 or higher)
Ability to understand written instructions about the set-up, operation and maintenance of equipment such as motors and generators. (Complexity: 3 or higher)
Document Use
Ability to read labels on product packaging, equipment, drawings and panels to locate specifications, voltages, safety information and identification numbers. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to scan gauges and digital readouts for operating data such as speeds, temperatures and electrical readings. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to use checklists, e.g. use worksite procedure checklists to locate emergency contact information, voltages and other information about conditions that are unique to individual work sites. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to interpret moderately complex flow, process and logic charts. (Complexity: 2)
Ability to locate devices such as switches, relays, pumps and blowers in moderately complex schematics. (Complexity: 2)
Ability to locate information such as dimensions and repair procedures using moderately complex scale and assembly drawings. (Complexity: 2)
Ability to locate operating data such as temperatures, pressures and electrical readings using gauges and digital readouts. (Complexity: 2)
Obtain data from lists and tables, e.g. locate times, dimensions, clearances, voltages, amperages, frequencies, measurements and other data in specification tables. (Complexity: 2)
Ability to use complex assembly drawings to locate information such as the positions of parts in machinery such as electric motors and generators. (Complexity: 3 or higher)
Ability to use complex schematics for electrical and electronic systems to understand configurations, learn how these systems operate and identify various circuits, components and specifications. (Complexity: 3 or higher)
Thinking
Ability to evaluate the severity of equipment faults by considering factors such as readings, noise levels, pressures, temperatures, vibrations and odours. (Complexity: 2)
Digital Technology - Programming and Systems Control
Ability to use computer-controlled machinery to monitor speeds, flows and outputs. (Complexity: 1)
Digital Technology - Other Digital Technology
Ability to use hand-held electronic devices like oscilloscopes and multimeters to locate operational data, such as electrical readings. (Complexity: 2)
 
General Administrative Duties
Reading
Ability to read short text entries in forms, e.g. read short text entries in work orders and requisition forms to learn about equipment malfunctions and repair particulars, such as deadlines and budgets. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to read a variety of notes, email, memos and notices, e.g. skim notes and email from customers to learn about required services, repair approvals and deadlines. (Complexity: 2)
Document Use
Ability to view meters and digital readouts, e.g. use electrical readings to determine the operating conditions of electrical equipment. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to enter and locate data such as job numbers, descriptions and readings in a variety of service, warranty and maintenance reports and parts and purchase orders. (Complexity: 2)
Ability to complete a variety of forms, e.g. enter data, such as dates, identification numbers, times, specifications and costs, to complete work orders and permits. (Complexity: 3 or higher)
Writing
Ability to write reminder notes and short log book entries, e.g. write comments in log books to remind themselves of items, such as serial numbers and component settings. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to write short text entries in forms such as work orders, application forms and supply requests. (Complexity: 1)
Thinking
Ability to decide the order of tasks and their priorities, e.g. decide which electrical installations to complete first. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to evaluate the condition and performance of tools and equipment. (Complexity: 2)
Ability to evaluate the quality and adequacy of the work performed. (Complexity: 2)
Digital Technology - Databases
Ability to use databases to input and retrieve data such as parts orders and equipment repair histories.   (Complexity: 2)
Digital Technology - Internet
Ability to use Internet browsers and search engines to access technical service bulletins, electrical codes, specifications and troubleshooting guides. (Complexity: 2)
Oral Communication - Listening
Ability to understand short spoken statements such as a simple instruction or question. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to understand moderately complex spoken statements such as instructions involving multiple steps. (Complexity: 2)
Oral Communication - Speaking
Ability to ask simple questions and explain simple thoughts, instructions and opinions using appropriate language. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to explain moderately complex thoughts, instructions and opinions using appropriate tone and language. (Complexity: 2)
 
Use of Mathematics
Whole Numbers
Ability to add, subtract, multiply and divide whole numbers, e.g. determine how many lights on a breaker, number of wires in a conduit or the size of breakers needed for a motor. (Complexity: 2)
Fractions
Ability to add, subtract, multiply and divide fractions, e.g. measure using fractions of an inch. (Complexity: 2)
Decimals
Ability to add, subtract, multiply and divide decimals, e.g. add millimetres or centimetres to determine the height of switches. (Complexity: 2)
Percents and Mixed Operations
Ability to use percent to locate numbers and complete mixed operations with whole numbers, fractions, percents and decimals. (Complexity: 2)
Data Analysis
Ability to calculate and use totals, sub-totals and basic summary measures like averages and rates; perform proportional calculations. (Complexity: 2)
Geometry - Basic Skills
Ability to analyze and draw lines and line segments; use coordinates to locate points in a plane; calculate angles; use concepts such as parallelism to solve problems. (Complexity: 2)
Geometry - Plane Figures
Ability to calculate perimeters, areas and circumferences; analyze angles and distances in triangles, rectangles and circles; analyze complex shapes into constituent plane figures. (Complexity: 2)
Geometry - Solids
Ability to calculate volumes of rectangular solids, cylinders and prisms; analyze complex volumes into constituent regular solids. (Complexity: 2)
Measurement
Ability to measure things such as distances, weights, volumes, temperatures and angles; use and convert between Metric and Imperial measurement units. (Complexity: 2)
Algebra
Ability to construct and solve equations with one to three different variables and use common formulas. (Complexity: 2)