Industrial Electricians
Introduction
Industrial electricians install, maintain, test, troubleshoot and repair industrial electrical equipment and associated electrical and electronic controls.
Essential Skills Requirements:
 
Safety-related Activities
Reading
Ability to read instructions and warnings written on signs, labels and packaging, e.g. read signs to learn about noise and electrical shock hazards. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to read notices and bulletins, e.g. read notices from workers' compensation boards to learn about workplace hazards and incidents. (Complexity: 2)
Ability to read written instructions about equipment lockout procedures. (Complexity: 2)
Ability to 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. (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)
 
Electrical Installations and Maintenance
Reading
Ability to 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. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to read a variety of manuals to learn how to install, maintain and repair equipment, such as programmable logic controllers and automated control systems. (Complexity: 3 or higher)
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 information in text books, training manuals and technical reports. (Complexity: 3 or higher)
Document Use
Ability to locate devices such as switches, relays and pumps in simple schematics. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to locate information such as dimensions and construction procedures using basic scale and assembly drawings. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to view meters and digital readouts, e.g. use electrical readings to determine the operating conditions of electrical apparatuses, such as variable frequency drives. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to locate data such as identification numbers, specifications and quantities in moderately complex tables. (Complexity: 2)
Ability to locate information such as dimensions and assembly procedures using moderately complex scale and assembly drawings. (Complexity: 2)
Ability to use shift, operating and maintenance schedules to locate the dates and times of upcoming repair and maintenance tasks. (Complexity: 2)
Ability to 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. (Complexity: 3 or higher)
Ability to locate information such as dimensions and assembly procedures using complex scale and assembly drawings. (Complexity: 3 or higher)
Ability to use complex schematic drawings, e.g. use wiring schematics for details about circuits, capacities, flows and the location of electrical fixtures to install, assemble and repair electrical installations. (Complexity: 3 or higher)
Thinking
Ability to decide the order of tasks and their priorities, e.g. decide which electrical installations to complete first. (Complexity: 2)
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)
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 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. (Complexity: 3 or higher)
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: 1)
 
General Administrative Duties
Reading
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)
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 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 enter data on a variety of forms, e.g. enter times and dates on time sheets and information such as times, dates, quantities and costs on work orders.   (Complexity: 2)
Writing
Ability to write longer texts in forms, e.g. write details about installations in change orders. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to write short comments in log books and journals, e.g. write short comments in journals to record why tasks were not completed. (Complexity: 1)
Thinking
Ability to evaluate work projects by considering factors such as efficiencies, timelines, costs and the quality of work performed. (Complexity: 3 or higher)
Digital Technology - Databases
Use databases to enter repair information and retrieve equipment maintenance histories. (Complexity: 2)
Digital Technology - Communication Software
Ability to use communication software to exchange e-mail messages and attachments. (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. (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. (Complexity: 2)
Percents and Mixed Operations
Ability to use percent to locate numbers; add, subtract, multiply and divide signed numbers; 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, and 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)
Geometry - Advanced Tasks
Ability to analyze angles and distances in plane figures; calculate areas of other polygons; use theorem to solve problems; calculate areas and volumes of objects such as spheres, pyramids and cones. (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)
Trigonometry
Ability to use trigonometry to identify and calculate the unknown lengths and angles of triangles. (Complexity: 2)