Electrical 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.

Electrical 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, electrical motor systems technicians:

Working Conditions

Most electrical 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 the customer's premises, and may have to travel regularly to perform maintenance on customer equipment.

Skills and Abilities

The work is most rewarding for those who like precision, want security and enjoy variety in their work.

To be successful in their trade, electrical motor systems technicians need:

Employment and Advancement

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

Journeyman wage rates vary, but generally range from $13 to $21 an hour plus benefits.

Electrical motor systems technicians may progress to positions that involve working with larger and more complicated electric motors, transformers, switchgear or other apparatus, or that involve testing and diagnosing problems to a greater extent. They may also advance to supervisory positions, or set up their own contracting firms.

Working in Alberta

To work as an Electrical Motor Systems Technician in Alberta, a person must:

Electrical motor systems technicians learn their skills by registering with Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training to participate in apprenticeship training and, upon successful completion, are awarded the Alberta Journeyman Certificate.

An electrical motor systems technician who holds a valid trade certificate from Alberta or from another Canadian province or territory may apply to write the Interprovincial Exam and, if successful, be granted a Red Seal under the Interprovincial Standards Program. The Red Seal is recognized throughout most of Canada.

An electrical motor systems technician who holds a certificate that was issued by another recognized apprenticeship authority in Canada (province, territory or federal jurisdiction) may apply for an Alberta Journeyman Equivalency document under the Equivalency Program.

Electrical motor systems technicians who have no trade certification but can prove that their skills and work experience meet the standards set for journeymen in Alberta may apply for certification under the Qualification Certificate Program.

An Alberta certified journeyman who has gained the supervisory or management skills required by industry may apply for an Achievement in Business Competencies Blue Seal.

Apprenticeship Training

The term of apprenticeship for an electrical motor service technician is 4 years (four 12-month periods) including a minimum of 1500 hours of on-the-job training and 8 weeks of technical training each year.

To learn the skills required of an electrical motor systems technician in Alberta and be issued an Alberta Journeyman Certificate, a person must:

Apprentices may attempt the Interprovincial Exam in the final period of their apprenticeship training and, if successful, be granted a Red Seal. (see Exam Counselling Sheet)

When apprentices attend technical training, they are required to pay the applicable tuition fee and purchase course supplies.

Grants, scholarships and other financial assistance may be available. More information is available at www.alis.gov.ab.ca or by contacting an Apprenticeship and Industry Training Office.

Interprovincial Standards (Red Seal) Program

To qualify for a Red Seal, a person must:

Equivalency Program

To qualify for an Equivalency document based on a recognized certificate, a person must:

To qualify for an Equivalency document based on a non-recognized certificate, a person must:

An applicant who chooses to write the exam(s) must:

An applicant who chooses to have their skills and knowledge assessed (instead of writing an exam) must:

- complete the Equivalency Application – Alternate Assessment and submit it to an Apprenticeship and Industry Training Office

- pay the non-refundable application fee: $450.00

The Alternate Assessment process includes an assessment of the standards that the certificate is based on compared to Alberta's standards, and verification and assessment of the applicant's previous work experience, skills, knowledge and training in the trade.

Qualification Certificate Program

To qualify for an Alberta Qualification Certificate, a person must: