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.
- 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.