Industrial Electrician


Electricians lay out, assemble, install, test, troubleshoot and repair electrical wiring, fixtures and other devices in vessels, buildings and other structures. In a shipbuilding environment, electricians assemble systems that are tied to the main power generation unit(s) and electrical operations in a vessel; their roles and influence touch virtually all aspects of the inner workings of a ship. 

Electrical work requires more than just an aptitude for stringing up wires and cables. Electricians also need to have a wide array of technical skills to read and interpret drawings, blueprints and schematics from other departments to be able to collaborate and map out work plans and projects. As well, electricians are keen at trouble shooting while adhering to strict health, safety and building regulations.

  • Install, maintain and test the integrity of electric circuits through the splicing, joining and connection of wiring systems.
  • read and interpret drawings, blueprints, schematics and electrical code specifications to determine layout of industrial electrical equipment installations.
  • Install, repair, test and maintain electrical equipment and vessel-wide electronic systems.
  • Install, maintain, repair and test the integrity of control equipment and electrical distribution infrastructure (i.e. wires, panels, relays, switches, etc.).
  • Plan and install electrical infrastructure, including physical outlay of wiring, conduits and other materials & equipment.
  • Collaborate and plan projects with other areas of the shipbuilding workforce to guarantee safety, efficiency, effective construction and the overall integrity of the vessel itself.
  • You are passionate about systems and navigating your way through a mess of colour coded wires to achieve success.
  • You are a strong communicator who enjoys mathematics and precise details.
  • You are physically active and thrive in environments where both your mind and your body are put to good use.
  • You like to see the immediate results of all of your hard
  • work and dedication.
  • You enjoy working with evolving technologies and
  • electronic systems.


Careers as an industrial electrician in the BC shipbuilding & ship repair industry usually begin with an apprenticeship in Red Seal trades, or with a job directly at a shipyard. Many get their start in shipbuilding as a shipyard labourer prior to being accepted into an apprenticeship program.

Discuss possible career steps with your school counsellor, career counsellor, or a union hall representative and consider high school trades programs and post-secondary pre-apprenticeship programs as a great place to start learning about the trades. 

ACE-IT High School Program (ELECTRICIAN)


Most apprenticeships require you to have a high school diploma and to complete a foundations certificate as a prerequisite prior to starting your apprenticeship. Check with available training providers to learn their specific eligibility requirements. 

There are different pathways you can take in order to become an electrician. In order to be eligible for industry certification as an electrician, you can complete a three to five-year apprenticeship program or you can apply a combination of over four years of practical work experience as an electrician, plus some high school, college or other industry courses.


Red Seal trade certification allows for movement between provinces.

The Interprovincial Standards Red Seal Program


Apprentices can receive up to $4,000 in grants to pay tuition, travel, tools or other expenses. If you are considering an apprenticeship, visit the Red seal program for information on how to get started.


Apprentices can receive up to $4,000 in grants to pay tuition, travel, tools or other expenses. If you are considering an apprenticeship, visit the Red Seal program for information on how to get started.