What does a Industrial Electrician (442A) do?

Industrial Electricians install, maintain, test, troubleshoot, and repair electrical equipment and other types of electrical/electronic controls on equipment found in industrial sites or plants.

Job Related Skills, Interests and Values

  • Reading and interpreting drawings, blueprints, and electrical code specifications
  • Installing, examining, replacing, or repairing electrical wiring, receptacles, switch boxes, conduits, feeders, case assemblies, lighting fixtures, and other electrical components
  • Testing electrical and electronic equipment and their components
  • Maintaining, repairing, installing, and testing electrical motors, generators, industrial storage batteries, and various electrical control systems
  • Maintaining, repairing, installing, and testing switchgears, transformers, switchboard meters, regulators, and reactors
  • Working independently or with others to troubleshoot and solve various problems

What Preparation and Training Do You Need?

  • Secondary school diploma required; credits in math and physics are recommended
  • Completion of a 9,000-hour apprenticeship, including a combination of on-the-job and in-school training
  • Completion of exam to obtain Certificate of Qualification

What's Your Future as a Industrial Electrician (442A)?

  • Generally 40 hours/week in shifts
  • Often employed in industrial plant
  • Employment industries include electrical construction firms and power companies, primary steel producers, motor vehicle and parts manufacturers, and mining companies

Wage Rate

Apprentice wage increases with skill and experience. Fully qualified workers earn an average of $38.50-$50.36 per hour.

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Industrial Electrician (442A)

Ask Yourself: Yes No
Are you good with numbers and calculations?
Do you have a mechanical aptitude and good coordination?
Are you able to follow Health & Safety guidelines?
Can you sit or stand for long periods of time? Can you work at all heights?
Are you good at problem-solving?
Are you able to read blueprints and measurements accurately?
Are you reliable, a self-starter and able to work with minimal supervision?


If you checked YES to the majority of these questions, a career as an Industrial Electrician may be for you!

You might want to look at these similar trades as well;

  • Construction Millwright/Industrial Mechanic
  • Machinist
  • Tool & Die Maker
  • Electrician

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