Electric Motor Systems Technician

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Length: 4 periods Credential: Apprenticeship Delivery: Full Time Classroom

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Overview

Learn to test, rebuild and repair electric motors, generators, transformers, controllers and related electrical and mechanical equipment used in commercial, industrial and institutional establishments.

If you have a mechanical aptitude, pay attention to detail and enjoy working with your hands, you'll enjoy a career as an electrical motor systems technician. 

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
  • balance armatures or rotors, weld and braze or solder electrical connections, and align and adjust parts to close tolerances to reassemble items.

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.

This is a non-compulsory trade – individuals can work in the trade without certification if the employer deems the individual to have the skills of a journeyperson. However, individuals who are working in the trade and learning the trade must become a registered apprentice.

Is this the right fit for me?

Students who have the following characteristics see greater success in this trade:

  • good mechanical aptitude
  • manual dexterity
  • strength, stamina and the ability to use proper lifting techniques to lift items weighing up to 25 kilograms
  • the ability to pay careful attention to detail.

Credentials

Upon successful completion of the required working hours and technical training periods, graduates will be awarded journeyperson status by Alberta's Apprenticeship and Industry Training.

Electrical Motor Systems Technician will only be offering the Red Seal Endorsement until July 31, 2022. Alberta apprentices who are looking to obtain their Red Seal Endorsement must complete all required technical training, submit their on-the-job training hours and write their Red Seal Exam by June 30, 2022.

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Career opportunities

Start your career by finding an employer who is willing to indenture you as an apprentice. Electric motor systems technicians are employed by companies that repair and service electric apparatus and equipment, and by contractors in the field.

Journeyperson wage rates vary, but generally range from $34 to $50 an hour plus benefits. It is common for journeypersons to have the opportunity to earn an average of 20% extra during paid overtime hours.

Electric 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 leadership positions.

Some journeypersons go on to run their own contracting firms – we can help you build your business with our Blue Seal business certificate

$35 - $50
Average hourly wage
4
Periods of training

Tuition and fees per year*

Year 1: $1,168.72
Year 2: $1,168.72
Year 3: $1,168.72   
Year 4: $1,168.72


*Tuition, fees, books and supply costs are subject to change

Requirements

The program requirements are set by Apprenticeship and Industry Training.  

When can you apply?

  • Registration for the 2021/22 academic year opens on Wednesday, May 26, 2021.

Admission and completion

To enter an apprenticeship, you must have the educational qualifications required or recommended education for the trade to which you apply.

Entrance Requirements are monitored and set by Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training.


Minimum requirements
Successful completion of the following courses:

  • English 20-2
  • Math 20-3
  • Science 10

OR

A pass mark in all five Canadian General Educational Development (GED) tests

OR

Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training Entrance Exam


Recommended Path
Apprentices with an Alberta High School Diploma that includes the following courses:

  • English 30-2
  • Math 30-3
  • Physics 20 OR Chemistry 20 OR Science 30
  • Related career and technology studies (CTS) courses

How to register

Registration for technical training is run through Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training. Learn how you can register for your next intake.

Apprenticeship and Industry Training Client Services
1.800.248.4823
tradesecrets.alberta.ca

Suite 200 Willow Park Centre   
10325 Bonaventure DR. SE 
Calgary, AB

After you register

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Training

The term of apprenticeship for an electric motor systems technician is four years (four 12-month periods) including a minimum of 1560 hours of on-the-job training and eight weeks of technical training at SAIT each year.

Training pathway for an Electrical Motor Systems Technician journeyperson

Technical Training Performance 

To be successful in technical training, an apprentice must pass each section of the course and pass the AIT exam. The passing grade for each section in the course is a 65%. A passing mark on each Trade Qualification Exam and the Interprovincial Qualification (or Red Seal Exam) is 70%.

Alberta's Apprenticeship and Industry Training procedures

Costs

Domestic tuition and fees*

Period Tuition fees SAIT fees Saitsa fees 2021/22 total
1 $899 $197.80 $71.92 $1,168.72
2 $899 $197.80 $71.92 $1,168.72
3 $899 $197.80 $71.92 $1,168.72
4 $899 $197.80 $71.92 $1,168.72

SAIT fees

Student support fee: $37.50
Student technology fee: $37.50
Lab and material fees: $77
Campus recreation fee: $45.80

Books and supplies*

  • Books or modules along with other items for class average out to $600 per period.
  • It is recommended that you do not purchase books or modules ahead of time as they might be outdated by the time you attend classes and they cannot be returned to the bookstore.
  • Personal Protective Equipment will be required for the program, which may be an additional cost to apprentices.

*Tuition, fees, books and supply costs are subject to change.

Learn more about paying for your apprenticeship

Have questions about this program?

Contact us at

MacPhail School of Energy
403.284.8451
MacPhail.Students@sait.ca

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