Electrical Mechanics

(NOC 7333)

in All Trades and Transportation

Electrical mechanics maintain, test, rebuild and repair electric motors, transformers, switchgear, and other electrical apparatus. They work for independent electrical repair shops, service shops of electrical equipment manufacturers and maintenance departments of manufacturing companies. Electrical mechanics may specialize in working with certain types of device like electric motors or transformers, or in performing certain functions like winding coils.

Job Outlook

Undetermined

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  • Estimate change in employment not available for this occupation.
  • Estimate openings due to growth and retirements not available for this occupation.
  • Estimate rate of unemployment not available for this occupation.

Compared to: All Trades and Transportation

  • Estimate 205 employment change, 2019-2021
  • Estimate 4385 openings due to growth and retirements, 2018-2020
  • Estimate rate of unemployment not available for these occupation.

This is not a large occupation in Nova Scotia so job opportunities may not be that frequent. With a moderate percent of workers being 55 years of age and older, retirements are expected to contribute somewhat to employment opportunities over the coming years. Electrical Mechanics most commonly work full-time hours.

The median employment income for 67% of Electrical Mechanics who worked full-time, year-round in 2015 was $57,670. Across all occupations in Nova Scotia, 59% of those who worked full-time year round had a median employment income of $43,600.
(Source: 2016 Census)

Hourly Pay

N/A

Minimum

N/A

Median

N/A

Maximum

Annual Pay

N/A

Minimum

$53,808

Median

N/A

Maximum

Compared to: All Trades and Transportation

Hourly Pay

$13.50

Minimum

$27.25

Median

$35.50

Maximum

Annual Pay

$7,580

Minimum

$37,269

Median

$79,787

Maximum

About the job

Nature of work

Electrical mechanics maintain, test, rebuild and repair electric motors, transformers, switchgear, and other electrical apparatus. They work for independent electrical repair shops, service shops of electrical equipment manufacturers and maintenance departments of manufacturing companies. Electrical mechanics may specialize in working with certain types of device like electric motors or transformers, or in performing certain functions like winding coils.

Job duties

Electrical mechanics:

  • Test and observe electrical, electronic, and mechanical components and systems using testing and measuring instruments.
  • Troubleshoot and repair electric motors, transformers, switchgear, generators, and other electro-mechanical equipment.
  • Replace or recondition shafts, bearings, commutators, and other components.
  • Wind, assemble and install various types of coils for electric motors or transformer.
  • Perform static or dynamic balancing of armatures or rotors by welding, brazing, or soldering electrical connections and by aligning and adjusting parts.
  • Test and repair or replace faulty wiring or components in electrical switchgear.
  • Test repaired motors, transformers, switchgear, or other electrical apparatus to ensure proper performance.
  • Perform some machining to recondition or modify shafts, commutators, or other parts.
  • Complete on-site servicing and repair.

Sample job titles

  • electric motor mechanic
  • electric motor repairer and tester
  • electric motor systems technician
  • electrical mechanic
  • electrical mechanic apprentice
  • power transformer repairer

Skills

This work requires an understanding of the principles of electricity and a mechanical aptitude. You should be able to follow instructions and perform detailed work. Patience and the ability to be methodical are required when testing motors and equipment. Analytical skills are required to determine what is causing equipment to malfunction and decide on the necessary repairs. A background in high school mathematics and the sciences is helpful. You should also have good motor coordination, physical strength, and stamina. Power transformer repairers must be able to work at heights.

Job requirements

  • High school is usually required.
  • A four-year apprenticeship program or a combination of over four years of work experience in the trade and some college or industry courses in electrical mechanics is usually required for trade certification.
  • Trade certification as an electric motor system technician is available, but voluntary, in Nova Scotia.
  • Red Seal Endorsement (RSE) is also available to qualified electric motor system technicians upon successful completion of the interprovincial Red Seal examination.

Other considerations

Workers may be self-employed and provide services as needed to their clients. Therefore, earnings may vary throughout the year and depend upon the person's ability to attract and retain customers. Although specialization may occur, workers in this group are required to be proficient in repairing all electrical apparatus. Progression to supervisory positions is possible with experience.

By the numbers

Quick look

105

employed in 2016

100.0%

employed full-time

0.0%

self employed

9.5%
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90.5%
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46

median age

Compared to: All Trades and Transportation

57,925

employed in 2016

85.9%

employed full-time

11.8%

self employed

5.3%
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94.7%
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46.8

median age

Where will I likely work?

50.0%

Halifax

20.0%

Southern

20.0%

Annapolis Valley

10.0%

North Shore

Compared to: All NS Occupations

47.0%

Halifax

15.6%

North Shore

12.9%

Annapolis Valley

12.7%

Cape Breton

11.8%

Southern

Top Industries of Employment

25.0%

Construction

20.0%

Utilities

15.0%

Manufacturing

10.0%

Professional, scientific and technical services

10.0%

Other services (except public administration)

What is the age of Employment?

35.0%

45-54

20.0%

55-64

20.0%

25-34

15.0%

35-44

10.0%

15-24

Compared to: All Trades and Transportation

24.4%

45-54

22.1%

55-64

17.7%

35-44

17.7%

25-34

10.9%

15-24

Top levels of education

33.3%

Apprenticeship

$57,651 median annual income
28.6%

College Diploma

N/A
23.8%

Less than high school

N/A
9.5%

High school

N/A

Compared to: All Trades and Transportation

29.2%

Apprenticeship

$46,494 median annual income
25.5%

High school

$31,260 median annual income
22.3%

College Diploma

$42,050 median annual income
18.7%

Less than high school

$28,319 median annual income
2.8%

Bachelor

$30,527 median annual income

Education & training

Adult high school/secondary diploma programs

This program is typically offered at the high school level.

The Nova Scotia School for Adult Learning (NSSAL) administers, coordinates, and supports the development and delivery of adult education programs through learning partners in Nova Scotia. Our learning partners include the Nova Scotia Community College, Adult High Schools, Université Sainte-Anne, and community-based learning organizations that offer tuition-free programming across the province. NSSAL offers clear, accessible pathways from adult basic education to a high school credential or GED, empowering Nova Scotians to achieve their learning and employment goals.

Institutions providing this program

Universite Sainte-Anne

Siège Social: 1695, Route 1

Pointe-de-l'Église, NS B0W 1M0

(902) 769-2114

Nova Scotia Community College - Adult Learning

PO Box 220

Halifax, NS B3J 2M4

(866) 679-6722

Adult High Schools

Various, NS

Community Learning Organizations

Various, NS

Electrical/electronics maintenance and repair technology - Other

This program is typically offered at the trades/college level.

This instructional program class includes any program not listed above that relates to Electrical/Electronics Maintenance and Repair Technology.

Institutions providing this program

Apprenticeship Training

Department of Labour and Advanced Education 1256 Barrington Street, 3rd Fl, Box 578

Halifax, NS B3J 2S9

(800) 494-5651

Employment requirements & contacts

Regulations

Electric Motor System Technician

Certificate of Qualification (Voluntary): This job is a designated trade in Nova Scotia. Employers may require certification, but a certificate is not needed to legally do this work.

Regulating body:
Nova Scotia Apprenticeship Agency
1256 Barrington Street, 3rd Fl, Box 578
Halifax, NS B3J 2S9
(800) 494-5651

Contacts

Red Seal
c/o Nova Scotia Apprenticeship Agency PO Box 578
Halifax, B3J 2S9
Tel: (902) 424-5651
Fax: (902) 424-0717
Electro-Federation Canada - Atlantic
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Tel: (902) 497-1084

Job postings

There are currently no job postings for this occupation.