Powerline Technician

A Powerline Technician constructs, operates, and maintains overhead and underground electrical distribution systems.

Where to Start

Consideration as an Apprentice is given to applicants with:

  • A Graduate of a post-secondary Electrical Technician or Technologist Program; OR
  • A Graduate of a post-secondary two-year Powerline Program; OR
  • Certification as an Inter-Provincial Journeyperson Electrician (Construction & Maintenance); OR
  • an equivalent combination of post-secondary education and experience.
  • a proven mechanical aptitude; and
  • a good reading comprehension, communication skills, and the ability to read and interpret distribution system construction drawings and supporting documents.


The following qualifications are also preferred from applicants:

  • Two to Five years experience in the construction/ electrical industry¬†and the demonstrated ability to work at heights; and
  • Current Certification in First Aid, CPR certification, and WHMIS


  • Once you are hired, you are enrolled in the MEARIE Powerline Technician Program for a four to five-year apprenticeship. This education combines on-the-job and formal training.

Sample Duties

  • Climbing of poles and structures of varying heights.
  • Working on both energized and de-energized lines.
  • Operating equipment of specialized sorts provided (including aerial devices) to dig holes, handle and set or remove poles, string conductor, and/or perform other tasks of a difficult nature.
  • Work concerned with the construction, maintenance, and modification of urban and rural distribution.