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Cathodic Protection Technician

Cathodic protection technicians install, maintain and repair cathodic protection systems.

  • Avg. Salary $78,349.00
  • Avg. Wage $38.84
  • Minimum Education Designated Occupation
  • Outlook Down
  • Employed 5,900
  • In Demand High
Also Known As

Cathodic Protection Field Technician, Cathodic Protection Specialist, Cathodic Protection Surveyor, Cathodic Protection Tester, Corrosion Technician

Skills Shortage

Employers that Recruited in the Last 2 Years

61%
61%
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  • Certification Regulated
  • Strength Required Lift up to 20 kg
NOC & Interest Codes
The Cathodic Protection Technician is part of the following larger National Occupational Classification (NOC).
Electrical and Electronics Engineering Technicians
NOC code: 2241.2
OBJECTIVE

Interest in precision working to conduct life tests (burn-ins) on assemblies, to install, operate and maintain electrical and electronic equipment and systems, and to calibrate equipment and instruments according to technical manuals and written instructions

METHODICAL

Interest in compiling and collecting operational and experimental data; and in assisting in building and testing prototypes to specifications

innovative

Interest in assisting to carry out a limited range of technical functions in support of research in electrical and electronic engineering and physics

Reading Interest Codes
A Quick Guide

The interest code helps you figure out if you’d like to work in a particular occupation. It’s based on the Canadian Work Preference Inventory (CWPI), which measures 5 occupational interests: Directive, Innovative, Methodical, Objective and Social.

Each set of 3 interest codes is listed in order of importance.

A code in capital letters means it’s a strong fit for the occupation. 

A code in all lowercase letters means the fit is weaker.

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Duties
Updated Feb 15, 2017

Cathodic protection is a technique used to control corrosion of metal surfaces in structures that are in contact with soil or water, including buildings, pipelines and bridges. Cathodic protection technicians work on a variety of projects, installing, commissioning, monitoring, evaluating, maintaining, repairing and decommissioning cathodic protection systems.

There are two types of cathodic protection systems - galvanic and impressed current. Structures protected by cathodic protection systems include steel water lines, oil and gas pipelines, well casings, underground storage tanks and metal reinforcement bars in concrete buildings and bridges.

In Alberta, cathodic protection technicians can be certified as a cathodic protection technician - level one or a cathodic protection technician - level two.

Level one cathodic protection technicians:

  • prepare for planned cathodic protection projects
  • perform lock out and tag out procedures
  • conduct function tests
  • install, maintain and repair components of cathodic protection systems
  • may install rectifiers and replace electrical components on installed rectifiers, if certified as a cathodic protection technician or electrician
  • provide feedback and support to cathodic protection design engineers
  • gather data, prepare records and reports both for clients and for internal use.

In addition to these duties, level two cathodic protection technicians:

  • lead the planning and completion of cathodic protection projects
  • prepare and submit project estimates and bids
  • help in the design and installation of cathodic protection systems
  • collect and manage field and system data for use in the design of cathodic protection systems
  • verify and evaluate accuracy of test results
  • perform advanced field tests
  • decommission cathodic protection systems when they reach the end of their life
  • prepare assignments and supervise crew
  • ensure that all work activities comply with health, safety and environment codes and regulations.
Working Conditions
Updated Feb 15, 2017

Cathodic protection technicians usually work a standard 40-hour week, but overtime may be required to meet project deadlines. Some also work on-call shifts and provide 24/7 emergency support. Cathodic protection technicians work in all weather conditions and must wear appropriate safety equipment, such as gloves, goggles or masks. Since many cathodic protection systems are located in remote locations, they may have to travel and spend significant time in the field.

Cathodic protection technicians may be required to lift or move objects or equipment that weigh over 20 kilograms.

  • Strength Required Lift up to 20 kg
Skills & Abilities
Updated Feb 15, 2017

Cathodic protection technicians need the following characteristics:

  • interest in both electrical and chemical processes
  • strong mathematics and science skills
  • strong computer skills
  • the ability to follow instructions and plans and work to exact specifications
  • good attention to detail
  • good communication skills
  • the ability to work well independently.
Educational Requirements
Updated Feb 15, 2017

Most employers prefer that cathodic protection technicians have completed high school. Some employers may require completion of a relevant college or technical school program. Employers may also require a valid class 5 drivers license. Other assets would include completion of safety courses, such as First Aid or WHMIS.

Employers generally prefer applicants who have achieved a cathodic protection technician - level one or two occupational certificate, or are willing to obtain the industry skill competencies through training.

Cathodic protection is a designated occupation in Alberta. This means that certification is not required by legislation, but trainees can apply to Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training for a level one or two Alberta Occupational Certificate.

All applicants for level one occupational certificate must:

  • successfully complete the Enform Cathodic Protection Rectifier course or Corrpro Authorization course
  • successfully complete the Apprenticeship and Industry Training exam.

In addition to the requirements above, level one applicants who qualify based on a recognized credential must:

  • successfully complete one of the following NACE International courses: CP 1 Tester; CP 2 Technician; CP 3 Technologist; CP 4 Specialist; a combination of the Basic Corrosion and Corrosion Prevention by Cathodic Protection; OR a combination of the Basic Corrosion and Corrosion Prevention in Oil & Gas Production
  • have 1,000 hours of work experience over 12 months.

To qualify for level one certification based on work experience, applicants do not need to complete NACE training, but must have 1,500 hours of work experience over 18 months.

Applicants for level two occupational certificate must:

  • be certified as a cathodic protection technician - level one
  • successfully complete one of the following NACE International courses: CP 2 Technician; CP 3 Technologist; CP 4 Specialist; OR a combination of Basic Corrosion, Corrosion Prevention in Oil & Gas Production and Cathodic Protection: Theory and Data Interpretation
  • have 1,000 hours of work experience over 12 months
  • successfully complete the Apprenticeship and Industry Training exam.

Certification based on work experience is not available for level two.

For current information about courses and enrolment requirements, check the trianing provider's calendar, visit their website or contact them directly.

For a broad list of programs and courses that may be related to this occupation try searching using keywords.

Certification Requirements
Updated Feb 15, 2017

This is an Apprenticeship trade. For full details, see the related certification profile

Employment & Advancement
Updated Feb 15, 2017

Below-average occupational growth is expected in Alberta for 2016 to 2020. Job openings are a result of employment turnover and newly created positions.

Cathodic protection technicians may be employed by:

  • engineering and consulting firms
  • oil and gas extraction and distribution firms
  • utilities companies such as energy production and distribution companies
  • mining companies
  • municipal governments.

Through on-the-job experience and additional training, they may become cathodic protection technologists, designers, specialists or managers. Some experienced technicians may operate their own cathodic protection business.

Certified Alberta cathodic protection technicians who have the supervisory or management skills required by industry may apply for an Achievement in Business Competencies Blue Seal by contacting Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training.

Cathodic protection technicians are part of the larger 2011 National Occupational Classification 2241: Electrical and electronics engineering technologists and technicians. In Alberta, 75% of people employed in this classification work in the following industries:

The employment outlook in this occupation will be influenced by a wide variety of factors including:

  • trends and events affecting overall employment (especially in the industries listed above)
  • location in Alberta
  • employment turnover (work opportunities generated by people leaving existing positions)
  • occupational growth (work opportunities resulting from the creation of new positions that never existed before)
  • size of the occupation.

Over 5,900 Albertans are employed in the Electrical and electronics engineering technologists and technicians occupational group. This group is expected to have a below-average annual growth of 1.3% from 2016 to 2020. As a result, 77 new positions are forecast to be created each year, in addition to job openings created by employment turnover. Note: As cathodic protection technicians form only a part of this larger occupational group, only some of these newly created positions will be for cathodic protection technicians.  

Employment turnover is expected to increase as members of the baby boom generation retire over the next few years.

Wage & Salary
Updated Feb 15, 2017

Although salaries vary, cathodic protection technicians certified at level one can earn from $40,000 to $70,000 a year, while those certified at level two can earn from $70,000 to $100,000 a year (2014 estimates).

Electrical and electronics engineering technologists and technicians
NOC code: 2241

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Wages* Low (5th percentile) High (95th percentile) Average Median
Starting $13.74 $40.38 $27.97 $28.24
Overall $25.50 $52.67 $38.84 $38.52
Top $30.43 $71.36 $51.10 $52.88

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* All wage estimates are hourly except where otherwise indicated. Wages and salaries do not include overtime hours, tips, benefits, profit shares, bonuses (unrelated to production) and other forms of compensation.

A: High Reliability
Data Reliability Code Definition

High Reliability, represents a CV of less than or equal to 6.00% and 30 survey observations and/or represents 50% or more of all estimated employment for the occupation.


Industry Information
Health Care & Social Assistance
Public Administration
Professional, Scientific & Technical Services
ALBERTA, ALL INDUSTRIES
Manufacturing

Skills Shortage

Employers that Recruited in the Last 2 Years

61%
61%

Recruiting Employers that Experienced Hiring Difficulties

25%
25%

Employers with Unfilled Vacancies of over 4 Months

5%
5%

2015 Vacancy Rate

2%
Related High School Subjects
  • Mathematics
  • Science
    • Chemistry
  • Trades, Manufacturing and Transportation
    • Electro-Technologies
Related Post-Secondary Field of Study
  • Sciences
  • Trades, Industrial and Related Training
Other Sources of Information
Updated Feb 15, 2017

Alberta Apprenticeship and Training website: www.tradesecrets.alberta.ca

Enform website: www.enform.ca

NACE International website: www.nace.org

For more information on career planning, education and jobs, visit the Alberta Learning Information Service (ALIS) website, call the Alberta Career Information Hotline toll-free at 1-800-661-3753 or 780-422-4266 in Edmonton, or visit an Alberta Works Centre near you.

Updated Mar 17, 2015. The information contained in this profile is current as of the dates shown. Salary, employment outlook and educational program information may change without notice. It is advised that you confirm this information before making any career decisions.

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