Mining in Canada is big business, with the mining industry being a major provider of jobs and one of Canada’s most important economic sectors. It is a top employer and supports the second largest supplier sector in the world. There are also plenty of opportunities within the mining industry in Canada for tradesmen, including electricians, and for those considering a career as an electrician in Canada, the opportunities within mining are endless.
Electricians in mining in Canada also tend to earn highly competitive salaries and are often very well paid in comparison to other industries. According to the latest results from our salary survey, electricians in Canada with 1 -5 years experience are earning on the 25%ile – $71,000, with a median of $85,000 and on the 75%ile – $100,000.
There are reports that a typical full time annual salary for an electrician in Canada, not specific to mining, is in the region of $42,000 – $72,000 which means that according to those who completed our salary survey that working in the mining industry, electricians can earn substantially more.
Electricians in the mining industry are responsible for installing and maintaining all electrical systems on the mines. They are also responsible for ensuring that there is at all times a supply of power for all areas including generators, plants and accommodation sites. They will also inspect, isolate, troubleshoot and repair all electrical components related to the successful running of power on the mine.
Some typical duties of an electrician working in mining in Canada may involve the following:
- Support the commission and start up activities through the engineering construction and operational phases of the mine site
- Ensure that all relevant permits, hazard assessments and related have been properly prepared and completed prior to beginning work
- Repair and maintain all electrical equipment including switching, wiring as well as other electric devices or components of a mine
- Troubleshooting electrical problems as well as repair and maintenance
- Install and maintain lighting and electrical equipment
- Install wiring and circuits
- Ensure all electrical work is completed safely and according to occupational health and safety regulations
- Read wiring diagrams to plan the layout of systems
- Connect systems to the various power suppliers
- Assist with troubleshooting and analysis of system faults
- Monitor work done by outside contractors
- Ensure fire alarms and emergency electrical systems are operational and working effectively