What Does an Electric Motor Systems Technician Do?

Many items in everyday life have electric motors, from computers to air conditioning units. An Electric Motor Systems Technician (446A) repairs and replaces these motors. Electric motors contain wind-up wire coils that produce the turning motion that the motor needs to work. An Electric Motor Systems Technician replaces or repairs these coils. Because of the wide variety of electrical motors in all aspects of commercial, residential, industrial and institutional life, there are many opportunities for people in this trade. One day you may be repairing a clothes dryer, and the next you may be repairing a heating or air conditioning system.

Job -Related Skills, Interests and Values

  • maintaining, testing, rebuilding and repairing electric motors, transformers, switchgear, generators and other electrical apparatus, both AC and DC
  • using testing and measuring equipment, including a voltmeter
  • replacing or reconditioning shafts, bearings and other components
  • winding, assembling and installing coils
  • testing, repairing or replacing wiring or components of electrical switchgear
  • soldering, greasing bearings, replacing or repairing shafts as required
  • using hand or power tools, such as multimeters, drill presses and soldering equipment
  • understanding electrical theory, electron theory, and knowing and following the Canadian Electrical Code

Additional information on training standards for this particular trade in the Industrial sector may be found on the Ontario College of Trades (OCOT) website at: http://www.collegeoftrades.ca/trades/training-standards1/industrial

What Preparation and Training Do You Need?

An Electric Motor Systems Technician is a voluntary certified trade in the industrial sector, which means that it does not require a valid Certificate of Apprenticeship to work in the trade. However, apprenticeship training is recommended. This is a Red Seal Trade, which means that by completing an apprenticeship, you may become qualified to work in any province in Canada.

Grade 12 and age 16 is the legal minimum requirement to be apprenticed in this trade. Completion of a 7520 hour (approx 3-4 years) apprenticeship will include a combination of on-the-job and in-school training. The 480-hour in-school component will include courses in safety, electrical code and environmental legislation. Apprentices will learn how to best follow safety and health practices, read and interpret blueprints and diagrams, and adjust and maintain machinery. To succeed in this trade, you should possess fine motor skills and have the ability to problem solve. This is the minimum to be apprenticed in this trade under the Ontario College of Trades Apprenticeship Act (2009). Please note that minimum entry requirements to this and other trades are currently under review by the Ontario College of Trades.

What’s Your Future as an Electric Motor Systems Technician?

Electric Motor Systems Technicians work mainly indoors, though you may also work outside. Because these tradespeople are exposed to high electrical currents, adhering to all safety precautions is very important. Many skills learned in this trade are transferable to other electrical-related trades.

Employment for this occupation is expected to remain fair through the year 2007. Although many Electric Motor Systems Technicians are self-employed, the large number of tools needed for this trade makes opening your own business very expensive. Employers who hire Electric Motor Systems Technicians include:

  • Independent Electrical repair shops
  • Service shops for electrical equipment
  • Manufacturers and maintenance departments

Wage Rate

Fully qualified Electric Motor Systems Technicians can earn an average of $11-$19/hr, not including overtime and benefits.


Ask Yourself: Is Working as an Electric Motor Systems Technician For You?

Do you enjoy working indoors, working with hand and power tools?

Yes      No

Do you enjoy problem-solving, testing equipment, then using your solutions to repair machinery?

Yes      No

Are you able to communicate effectively with co-workers, supervisors and customers?

Yes      No

Are you able to work independently?

Yes      No

Do you have good hand-eye coordination?

Yes      No

Can you read and interpret blueprints and diagrams?

Yes      No

Are you safety-conscious?

Yes      No

If you answered Yes to most of these questions, a career as an Electric Motor Systems Technician may be for You!

You may also want to explore other careers that require similar interests and skills, such as:

  • Electronics Assembler
  • Wave soldering Machine Operator
  • Electrical Control (Machine) Builder
  • Electronic Service Technician
  • Electrician
  • Industrial Electrician


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