What does a Electric Motor Systems Technician (446A) do?

Electric Motor Systems Technicians repair and replace the wind-up wire coils needed to make motors in various items work. This field covers commercial, residential, industrial, and institutional life, so there are numerous opportunities; one day you could be repairing a clothes dryer, and the next 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, and replacing or repairing shafts as required
  • Safely using hand or power tools including multimeters, drill presses, and soldering equipment
  • Understanding electrical and electron theories; knowing and following Canadian Electrical Code

What Preparation and Training Do You Need?

  • Grade 12/age 16 legal minimum; secondary school diploma often required
  • While not mandatory, completion of a 7,520-hour apprenticeship, including on-the-job and in-school training, is recommended
  • This is a Red Seal trade

What's Your Future as a Electric Motor Systems Technician (446A)?

  • Mostly indoor work; often exposed to high electrical currents, so safety precautions are important
  • Many self-employed, but large number of required tools makes this expensive
  • Employers include independent electrical repair shops, service shops for electrical equipment, and manufacturers and maintenance departments

Wage Rate

Apprentice wage increases with skill and experience. Fully qualified workers earn an average of $19.50 per hour, plus benefits and overtime.


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