What Does a Powerline Technician Do?

Powerline Technicians (434A) build and repair overhead and underground power lines used to conduct electricity from generating plants to the customer. They erect and maintain poles and towers as well as installing and maintaining street lighting systems. The NOC code for this trade is: 7244.

Job Related Skills, Interests and Values

  • Splicing, soldering and insulating conductors and wiring
  • Installing, maintaining and repairing electrical distribution and transmission systems
  • Inspecting and testing overhead and underground power lines and cables using electrical test equipment
  • Climbing ladders or operating hydraulic buckets when working aloft on poles and towers
  • Working in confined spaces such as trenches and tunnels to install power lines and cables
  • Learning and applying safety practices and procedures
  • Communicating effectively with other workers to coordinate the preparation and completion of work assignments

What Preparation and Training Do You Need?

You should preferably have a secondary school diploma this is usually required by employers and unions today, but grade 10 is currently the legal minimum to be apprenticed in this trade under the Ontario College of Trades Apprenticeship Act (2009). Please note that minimum entry requirements to this and other trades are currently under review by the Ontario College of Trades. Completion of a 8,000 hour apprenticeship will include a combination of on-the-job and in-school training, before successfully writing an examination to obtain your Certificate of Qualification.

To view the Essential Skills for this particular skilled trade, please click the following link:

http://www.jobbank.gc.ca/report-eng.do?area=6261&lang=eng&noc=7244&action=final&ln=n®ionKeyword=Burlington%2C+Ontario&s=3&source=0&titleKeyword=powerline+technician#RegulatedOccupation

Additional information on training standards for this particular trade in the Construction sector can be found on the Ontario College of Trades(OCOT)  website at: www.collegeoftrades.ca/trades/training-standards1/construction.

What’s Your Future as a Powerline Technician?

Powerline Technicians often work in a variety of sites such as high-voltage transmission lines, support towers, etc. Repair and Service linemen are on call most of the time and may work for long periods during emergencies. Work may be done from helicopters, or in underground tunnels, or in bush camps for weeks while new lines are installed. Most workers in this occupation work full-time for:

  • Electric Power companies
  • Highway and Heavy Construction firms
  • Electrical Construction firms

For additional information about this career, check out the construction sector website at: www.CareersInConstruction.ca.

Wage Rate

  • Apprentices earn less than fully qualified Journey people
  • Wage rates generally increase as you acquire skills and expertise
  • Fully qualified Power Technicians earn $50,000+ per year sometimes with full benefits

Self-Rating

Ask Yourself: Is Working as a Powerline Technician For You?

Do you enjoy working outdoors in all kinds of weather?

Yes      No

Can you stand for long periods of time, climb, bend, crawl, reach or work in confined spaces?

Yes      No

Do you mind performing work that is potentially dangerous?

Yes      No

Can you remain calm in dangerous or life-threatening situations?

Yes      No

Can you communicate well with supervisors and co-workers?

Yes      No

Do you enjoy working with a variety of hand tools and operating power equipment?

Yes      No

Are you willing to work on-call or for as long as it takes to get the job done?

Yes      No

If you answered Yes to most of these questions, a career as a Powerline Technician may be for You!

You may also want to explore other careers that require similar interests and skills, such as:

  • Construction & Maintenance Electrician
  • Electrician
  • Hoisting Engineer

 

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