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Apprenticeship

Electric Motor Systems Technician

Electric motor systems technicians test, rebuild and repair electric motors, generators, transformers, controllers and related electrical and mechanical equipment used in commercial, industrial and institutional establishments.

  • Avg. Salary $83,199.00
  • Avg. Wage $39.86
  • Minimum Education Apprenticeship
  • Outlook N/A
  • In Demand Medium
Also Known As

Electrical Rewind Mechanic, Equipment and Appliance Service Trades, Mechanic, Service Technician

Skills Shortage

Employers that Recruited in the Last 2 Years

66%
66%
Average Wage
Starting
Overall
Top
  • Certification Provincially Regulated
  • Strength Required Lift up to 20 kg
NOC & Interest Codes
The Electric Motor Systems Technician is part of the following larger National Occupational Classification (NOC).
Electrical Mechanics
NOC code: 7333
OBJECTIVE

Interest in precision working to perform static and dynamic balancing of armatures and rotors by welding, brazing and soldering electrical connections, and by aligning and adjusting parts

METHODICAL

Interest in testing repaired motors, transformers, switchgear and other electrical apparatus to make sure they work properly

INNOVATIVE

Interest in analyzing information to troubleshoot and repair motors, transformers, switchgear, generators and other electrical electro-mechanical equipment

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 Aug 19, 2016

Electric motor systems technicians maintain the electric motors and related equipment used to power machinery and equipment in various applications such as production plants and large businesses. In general, they:

  • diagnose problems
  • dismantle electric motors, transformers, switchgear, electric welders, generators and other electrical and mechanical equipment for servicing, modification or repair
  • remove and replace shafts, bearings, commutators and other components, referring to blueprints or service manuals as required
  • wind and assemble various types of coils for electric motors or transformers and reinstall them
  • balance armatures or rotors, weld and braze or solder electrical connections, and align and adjust parts to close tolerances to reassemble items.
Working Conditions
Updated Aug 19, 2016

Most electric motor systems technicians work a 40 hour week with some overtime required when equipment breaks down. They work primarily indoors in large shops and production plants. Those who work for firms that contract their services to other organizations may remove and replace burned out motors on customers' premises, and may have to travel regularly to maintain customer equipment.

Electric motor systems technicians may be required to move items weighing up to 25 kilograms.

  • Strength Required Lift up to 20 kg
Skills & Abilities
Updated Aug 19, 2016

Electric motor systems technicians need the following characteristics:

  • good mechanical aptitude
  • manual dexterity
  • the ability to pay careful attention to detail.

They should enjoy work that requires precision.

Educational Requirements
Updated Aug 19, 2016

To work in Alberta, an electric motor systems technician must be ONE of the following:

  • a registered apprentice
  • an Alberta-certified journeyperson
  • someone who holds a recognized related trade certificate  
  • someone who works for an employer who is satisfied that the worker has the skills and knowledge expected of certified journeyperson
  • self-employed.

To register with Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training, apprentices must:

  • have an Alberta high school transcript with at least English Language Arts 20-2, Math 20-3 and Science 10, or equivalent, or pass an entrance exam.
  • find a suitable employer who is willing to hire and train an apprentice. Most employers prefer to hire high school graduates. Good marks in math, physics, drafting and industrial arts are particularly important. 

The term of apprenticeship is four years (four 12 month periods) that include a minimum of 1,500 hours of on-the-job training and eight weeks of technical training each year. High school students can earn credits toward apprenticeship training and a high school diploma at the same time through the Registered Apprenticeship Program (RAP).

Applicants who have related training or work experience may be eligible for credit or certification.

Electric motor systems technician apprentices may take the interprovincial exam in the final period of their apprenticeship training to earn a Red Seal (certification recognized in most parts of Canada).

Technical training is arranged by Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training and is currently offered at the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT) in Calgary.

For more information, visit the Technical Training Centre on the Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training website.

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

Certification Requirements
Updated Aug 19, 2016

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

Employment & Advancement
Updated Aug 19, 2016

Electric motor systems technicians are employed by companies that repair and service electric motors and equipment, and by contractors in the field.

Experienced electric motor systems technicians may:

  • move into positions that involve working with larger and more complicated electric motors, transformers, switchgear or other apparatus
  • move into positions that involve more testing and problem diagnosis
  • advance to supervisory positions
  • set up their own contracting firms. 

Alberta certified journeyperson electric motor systems 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.

Electric motor systems technicians are part of the larger 2011 National Occupational Classification 7333:  Electrical Mechanics. In Alberta, 76% 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.

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

Wage & Salary
Updated Aug 19, 2016

Journeyperson wage rates vary but generally range from $34 to $50 an hour plus benefits (2014 estimates). It is common for journeymen to work an average of 20% extra in paid overtime hours. Apprentice electric motor systems technicians earn at least 55% of the journeyperson wage rate in their place of employment in the first year, 65% in the second, 75% in the third and 85% in the fourth.

Electrical mechanics
NOC code: 7333

Survey Methodology

Survey Analysis

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Wages* Low (5th percentile) High (95th percentile) Average Median
Starting $20.00 $49.90 $30.89 $32.00
Overall $25.00 $49.98 $39.86 $42.00
Top $30.00 $49.98 $42.29 $44.60

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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.

B: Good Reliability
Data Reliability Code Definition

Good Reliability, represents a CV of between 6.01% and 15.00% and/or fewer than 30 survey observations and/or if survey observations represent less than 50% of all estimated employment for the occupation.


Industry Information
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ALBERTA, ALL INDUSTRIES
Wholesale Trade

Skills Shortage

Employers that Recruited in the Last 2 Years

66%
66%

Recruiting Employers that Experienced Hiring Difficulties

64%
64%

Employers with Unfilled Vacancies of over 4 Months

30%
30%

2015 Vacancy Rate

N/A
Related High School Subjects
  • Science
  • Trades, Manufacturing and Transportation
    • Electro-Technologies
Related Post-Secondary Field of Study
  • Trades, Industrial and Related Training
Other Sources of Information
Updated Aug 19, 2016

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

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 25, 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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