Career Profile:

Marine Electrician, 2015, 2015


Median Yearly





This unit group is for all industrial electricians: Industrial electricians install, maintain, test, troubleshoot and repair industrial electrical equipment and associated electrical and electronic controls.

Work type:


Most likely to work in:

Across the province

Most employees have:

Non-university certificate or diploma


Interprovincial Standards Red Seal Program

What you do

Marine electricians  are responsible for the operation and distribution of electrical power onboard and within marine vessels and other marine devices. 

In the oceans technology sector, marine electricians install electrical systems, maintain, repair and troubleshoot electrical equipment onboard and within marine vessels and other marine equipment. They also work with blueprints and connect power supply circuits to radios and other electronic equipment.

A Marine Electrician performs some or all of the following duties:

  • Read and interpret drawings, blueprints, schematics and electrical code specifications to determine layout of industrial electrical equipment installations;
  • Test electrical and electronic equipment and components for continuity, current, voltage and resistance;
  • Troubleshoot, maintain and repair industrial, electrical and electronic control systems and other related devices; and
  • Conduct preventive maintenance programs and keep maintenance records.

What you need

  • Possess a good mechanical and electrical aptitude; able to work in extreme environments
  • Have a strong background in mathematics;
  • Able to perform basic calculations and read blueprints;
  • Able to follow instructions and be comfortable working with tools; and
  • Good eyesight, colour vision, and hand- eye coordination are also necessary.

Who might be hiring?

References and further reading

* The employment outlook over the next few years for this occupational group is "good", which indicates the chances of a qualified individual finding work is above average.

Your Career Pathway

Opportunities for Hands-on Experience

Secondary School
Co-op Options and Opportunities (Science Streams)
Oceans 11

Post-Secondary Educational Programs

Certificates, Diplomas, Community College
Nova Scotia Community College: Electrical Construction and Industrial Certificate
1 years, $3,130 / year
Nova Scotia Community College: Electrical Technician
2 years, $3,130 / year
Nova Scotia Community College: Electrical Construction and Industrial Diploma
1 years, $3,130 / year
Interprovincial Standards Red Seal Program

Allows qualified tradespersons to practise the trade in any province or territory in Canada where the trade is designated without having to write further examinations. These programs are a first step towards Journeyperson Certificate in the Construction Electrician or Industrial Electrician trades.