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Electric Motor Systems Technician

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Electric 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.

Electric 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, electric motor systems technicians:

  • diagnose problems and dismantle electric motors, transformers, switchgear, electric welders, generators and other electrical and mechanical equipment for servicing, modification or repair,
  • remove and replace shafts, bearings, commutators and other components, referring to blueprints or service manuals as required,
  • wind and assemble various types of coils for electric motors or transformers and reinstall them, and
  • balance armatures or rotors, weld and braze or solder electrical connections, and align and adjust parts to close tolerances to reassemble items.

To be authorized to perform Restricted Activities in this designated trade, a worker must be a sponsored apprentice, a certified journeyperson, deemed qualified by their employer, or be self-employed. For more information, see Classes of Individuals.

Trade Updates

Electric Motor System Technician is being de-designated as a Red Seal trade on July 31, 2022. After this date, Red Seal Endorsements for this trade will no longer be issued. Alberta apprentices interested in obtaining their Red Seal Endorsement must complete all required technical training, submit all on-the-job hours and write their Red Seal exam by June 30, 2022.

Alberta will continue to offer the Electric Motor System Technician apprenticeship program and issue provincial certifications (without the Red Seal Endorsement) to individuals qualified in this trade after July 31, 2022.

Program Information

Program Information & Requirements
  • The term of apprenticeship for an electric motor systems technician is 4 years (four 12-month periods) including a minimum of 1560 hours of on-the-job training and 8 weeks of classroom instruction each year.
  • Apprentices are expected to demonstrate progress in their apprenticeship program within 18 months by engaging in an activity that will lead to the completion of a period of the program.
  • Upon successful completion of the apprenticeship program, the apprentice will receive a journeyperson certificate and an educational credential (Advanced Diploma).
Trade Qualifier
  • To obtain your Trades Qualifier Certificate with a Red Seal endorsement, ALL program requirements must be met by June 30, 2022.  For applicants who have applied for the Trades Qualifier – Work Experience program, this includes a passmark of 70% or more on your theory exam and submission and approval of your Employer Declaration Letter (EDL).
  • Get a Journeyperson Certificate based on a recognized credential or work experience.

Program Credit

Category Information
High School Credit
Related Trades

Applicants with an Alberta or recognized trade certificate in one of the following trades may be eligible for credit towards their apprenticeship or Trades Qualifier program requirements.

  • Electrician

Supporting Resources

Description / Resources
Trade Information Get important information about the duties, working conditions, and skills and abilities needed to work in this trade. (You will be re-directed to the alis website.)
Job Information View job postings in this trade, and learn about the current job market, average wage and resources for finding a job. (You will be re-directed to the alis website.)
Entrance Requirement You must satisfy the educational requirements or pass the entrance exam to start an apprenticeship program. If you are writing the entrance exam, there are entrance-level competencies to help you prepare, as well as an exam counselling sheet and study guide.
Curriculum Guides Get information on all of the program requirements and what you will learn.
Classroom Instruction View a list of currently scheduled classes.
Financial Assistance Student loans, grants, scholarships and other financial assistance may be available. For more information visit our Financial Assistance section, visit an Apprenticeship and Industry Training office or call toll-free to 1-800-248-4823.
Examinations Get exam counselling sheets for your upcoming apprenticeship, interprovincial or qualification exam.
Recognized Credentials A person who holds a valid recognized credential is permitted to work in Alberta, but some employers may require Alberta documentation as proof that the holder is allowed to work in the trade or that the holder's credential is recognized.
Legislation For more information regarding undertakings, activities, and certification requirements, please review the Designated Trades and Restricted Activities Regulation and the Designated Trades’ Activities and Certification Requirements Order.