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Apprenticeship

Cathodic Protection Technician

Cathodic protection technicians install, maintain and repair cathodic protection systems. These systems control the corrosion of metal surfaces in structures that are in contact with soil or water, such as buildings, pipelines and bridges.

Also Known As

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

NOC Codes

In Canada, the federal government groups and organizes occupations based on a National Occupational Classification (NOC) system. This alis occupation may not reflect the entire NOC group it is part of. Data for the NOC group can apply across multiple occupations.

The NOC system is updated every 5 years to reflect changes in the labour market. Government forms and labour market data may group and refer to an occupation differently, depending on the system used. Here is how this occupation has been classified over time:

  • 2006 NOC: Electrical and Electronics Engineering Technicians (2241.2) 
  • 2006 NOC-S: Electrical and Electronics Engineering Technologists and Technicians (C141) 
  • 2011 NOC: Electrical and electronics engineering technologists and technicians (2241) 
  • 2016 NOC: Electrical and electronics engineering technologists and technicians (2241) 
Interests & Abilities

In Alberta, this occupation is part of 1 or more 2006 National Occupational Classification (NOC) groups. If there are multiple related NOC groups, select a NOC heading to learn about each one.

Electrical and Electronics Engineering Technicians
2006 NOC : 2241.2

Interest Codes

Interest Codes for This NOC Group

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

Your Interest Codes

To identify or change your interest codes, complete the Interests Exercise in CAREERinsite.

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 for this NOC group 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.

Learn About Interests

Duties
Updated Mar 31, 2020

Cathodic protection controls the corrosion of metal surfaces in structures that are in contact with soil or water. These include buildings, pipelines and bridges. Cathodic protection technicians install, monitor, assess, maintain and repair cathodic protection systems. They also commission and decommission these systems.

Cathodic protection systems also protect:

  • Steel water lines
  • Oil and gas pipelines
  • Well casings
  • Underground storage tanks
  • Metal reinforcement bars in concrete buildings and bridges

In Alberta, this is a designated occupation with 2 levels.

Level 1 technicians:

  • Prepare projects
  • Perform lock-out and tag-out procedures
  • Run function tests
  • Install, maintain and repair system components
  • Install rectifiers and replace electrical components on rectifiers(if certified as a cathodic protection technician or electrician)
  • Give feedback and support to cathodic protection design engineers
  • Gather data and prepare records and reports

Level 2 technicians can do all the above, plus:

  • Lead projects
  • Prepare and submit project estimates and bids
  • Help design and install cathodic protection systems
  • Collect and manage field and system data (for use in the design of cathodic protection systems)
  • Perform advanced field tests and ensure test results are accurate
  • Check the commission and decommission of cathodic protection systems
  • Prepare assignments and supervise crew
  • Ensure work activities comply with health, safety and environment codes as well as regulations
Working Conditions
Updated Mar 31, 2020
  • Strength Required Lift over 20 kg

Cathodic protection technicians usually work a standard 40-hour week. They may sometimes put in overtime to meet project deadlines. Some work on call and provide 24/7 support. Cathodic protection technicians work in all weather conditions. They must wear safety gear, such as gloves, goggles or masks. Since many cathodic protection systems are in remote locations, technicians may have to travel. Their job may include a lot of time in the field.

Traits & Skills
Updated Mar 31, 2020

Cathodic protection technicians need:

  • An interest in electrical and chemical processes
  • Attention to detail
  • Math and science skills
  • Computer skills
  • Communication skills
  • The ability to follow instructions and plans
  • The ability to work to exact specifications
  • The ability to work alone

Top 10 Skills Employers Are Looking For

Electrical and electronics engineering technologists and technicians
NOC code: 2241

This chart shows which job skills are currently in highest demand for this occupational group. It was created using this occupation's 27 most recent Alberta job postings, collected between Oct 28, 2021 and May 25, 2022.

Review these skills to learn:

  • Whether or not this occupation matches your skill set
  • What training you may need to get these skills
  • What skills to highlight in your resumé, cover letter, and interview.
Install, maintain and service equipment
Assist in inspecting, testing and adjusting electronic components
Design, develop and test power equipment and systems
Calibrate electronic equipment and instruments
Assist in design, development and testing
Personal Suitability: Initiative
Personal Suitability: Team player
Conduct or supervise the installation, commissioning, and operation of electrical and electronic equipment and systems
Personal Suitability: Effective interpersonal skills
Personal Suitability: Organized
Educational Requirements
Updated Mar 31, 2020
  • Minimum Education Designated Occupation

Most employers look for candidates with high school completion. Some may require a relevant college or technical school program. A valid class 5 drivers license is also needed. Safety courses, such as first aid or WHMIS (Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System) are assets.

Employers tend to prefer applicants who have a level 1 or 2 occupational certificate. Some may be okay with applicants who are willing to obtain these skills through training.

Cathodic protection is a designated occupation in Alberta. This means certification is not legally required. But trainees can apply to Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training for a level 1 or 2 Alberta Occupational Certificate.

Level 1 applicants who qualify based on a recognized credential must have 1,000 hours of work experience over 12 months and complete one of the following NACE International courses:

  • CP 1 Tester
  • CP 2 Technician
  • CP 3 Technologist
  • CP 4 Specialist
  • A combination of Basic Corrosion, Corrosion Prevention in Oil & Gas, Cathodic Protection: Theory and Data Interpretation courses, and the Energy Safety Canada Cathodic Protection Rectifier course or equivalent

Level 1 applicants who qualify based on work experience do not need to complete NACE training. But they must have 1,500 hours of work experience over 18 months.

Applicants for level 2 occupational certificate must have the level 1 certification and 1,000 hours of work experience over 12 months. They must also complete one of the following NACE International courses:

  • CP 2 Technician
  • CP 3 Technologist
  • CP 4 Specialist
  • A combination of Basic Corrosion, Corrosion Prevention in Oil & Gas, and Cathodic Protection: Theory and Data Interpretation courses

Certification based on work experience is not available for level 2.

To learn about courses and enrolment requirements, check the training provider’s calendar, visit their website or contact them.


Related Education

The following schools offer programs or courses that are related to this occupation but are not required to enter the field.

Apprenticeship Trades

To expand or narrow your search for programs related to this occupation, visit Post-Secondary Programs.

Completing a program does not guarantee entrance into an occupation. Before enrolling in an education program, prospective students should look into various sources for education options and employment possibilities. For example, contact associations and employers in this field.

Certification Requirements
Updated Mar 31, 2020
  • Certification Provincially Regulated

Generally certification is voluntary for this designated occupation. However, certification is required to perform some electrical tasks. See below for details about the available certifications.

Cathodic Protection Technician

Cathodic protection technicians install, maintain and repair cathodic protection systems. These systems control the corrosion of metal surfaces in structures that are in contact with soil or water, such as buildings, pipelines and bridges. For more information, see the Trades and Occupations section of Alberta’s Tradesecrets website.

 

Legislation

In Alberta, government-legislated certification is available for Cathodic Protection Technicians.

For information on what you need and other details, visit the certification profile Cathodic Protection Technician.

Electrician

Electricians install, alter, repair and maintain electrical systems designed to provide heat, light, power, control, signal or fire alarms for all types of buildings, structures and premises. For more information, see the Trades and Occupations section of Alberta’s Tradesecrets website.

Legislation

Under Alberta’s Apprenticeship and Industry Training Act [pdf] and Electrician Trade Regulation [pdf], you must have a certificate that is recognized by Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training or be a registered apprentice to install, alter, repair or maintain electrical systems in Alberta.

For information on what you need and other details, visit the certification profile Electrician.

Additional Information

Certified tradespeople who want to build their business skills may obtain an Achievement in Business Competencies (Blue Seal) Certificate from Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training.

Employment & Advancement
Updated Mar 31, 2020

Cathodic protection technicians may work for:

  • Engineering and consulting firms
  • Oil and gas extraction and distribution firms
  • Utility companies (such as energy production and distribution companies)
  • Mining companies
  • Municipal governments

With experience and further training, cathodic protection technicians may become cathodic protection technologists, designers, specialists or managers. Some may start their own cathodic protection businesses.

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 [pdf] in this occupation is influenced by a wide variety of factors including:

  • Trends and events that affect overall employment, especially in the industries listed above
  • Location in Alberta
  • Employment turnover (when people leave existing positions)
  • Occupational growth (when new positions are created)
  • Size of the occupation

According to Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training, there are about 350 full-time cathodic protection technicians in the province (2019 estimate).

In Alberta, the 2241: Electrical and electronics engineering technologists and technicians occupational group is expected to have a below-average annual growth of 1.4% from 2019 to 2023. In addition to job openings created by employment turnover, 39 new positions are forecasted to be created within this occupational group each year.

Note
NOC groups often include several related occupations. Although there is labour market data for the larger NOC group, this occupation makes up only a part of that group. It means data for this occupation may be different than the data shown. For example, only some of the new positions to be created will be for this occupation. It also applies to other data for the NOC group such as number of people employed.

Source: Alberta Regional Occupational Demand Outlook

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

Wage & Salary
Updated Mar 31, 2020

The earnings for cathodic protection technicians vary. Certified level 1 technicians can earn from $25 to $40 an hour, while those certified at level 2 can earn from $35 to $50 an hour (2019 estimates).

In Alberta, this occupation is part of 1 or more 2016 National Occupational Classification (NOC) groups. If there are multiple related NOC groups, select a NOC heading to learn about each one.

Electrical and electronics engineering technologists and technicians

2016 NOC : 2241
Average Wage
$35.80
Per Hour
Average Salary
$74,062.00
Per Year
Average Hours
39.8
Per Week
Average Months on Payroll
12
Survey Methodology Survey Analysis

Source
2019 Alberta Wage and Salary Survey

NOC 2241 Wage Profile

Unless otherwise noted, the data shown here is for all industries and all regions in Alberta.

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.

To see the full survey data for this NOC group, visit the wage profile.

Other wage sources
To make an informed wage and salary decision, research other wage sources [pdf] to supplement this data.

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.


Hourly Wage
For full-time and part-time employees
  • Low
  • High
  • Average
  • Median
Starting
Overall
Top
Wages* Low (5th percentile) High (95th percentile) Average Median
Starting $18.00 $44.15 $28.70 $27.64
Overall $21.00 $52.50 $35.80 $37.63
Top $25.00 $60.78 $42.72 $44.00

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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.

Pay brackets for hourly wages

  • Starting pay: average pay offered for entry-level positions
  • Overall pay: average pay across all employees in this occupation
  • Top pay: average pay offered to top-paid employees

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

Skills Shortage

Employers that Recruited in the Last 2 Years

46%
46%)

Recruiting Employers that Experienced Hiring Difficulties

17%
17%

Employers with Unfilled Vacancies of over 4 Months

2%
2%

Vacancy Rate

N/A
Related Post-Secondary Field of Study
  • Sciences
  • Trades, Industrial and Related Training
Other Sources of Information
Updated Mar 31, 2020

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

Energy Safety Canada website: www.energysafetycanada.com

NACE International website: www.nace.org

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Updated Mar 31, 2020. 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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