What Does a Light Rail Overhead Contact Systems Lineperson Do?

A Light Rail Overhead Contact Systems Lineperson (207S) helps to make sure that light rail transit systems are working correctly. They are responsible for building and maintaining lighting systems, electrical track switch systems, contact conduct systems, and aerial feeder systems. This could mean working with any number of the parts or equipment involved in the creation and maintenance of a light rail system, including conductors, switches, transducers, air compressors, track gauges, hydraulic presses, voltmeters, ammeters, puller-tensioner machines, and hoisting equipment.

Job -Related Skills, Interests and Values
  • using hand and power tools
  • working with electrical and lighting equipment
  • maintaining tools and equipment before and after use
  • practicing safety procedures
  • inspecting worksites for potential problems or dangers
  • diagnosing and repairing any necessary problems
Additional information on training standards for this particular trade in the Industrial sector may be found on the Ontario College of Trades (OCOT) website at: http://www.collegeoftrades.ca/trades/training-standards1/industrial
What Preparation and Training Do You Need?

Grade 12 is the legal minimum educational requirement to apprentice in this trade. To succeed in this trade, you should have courses in Technological Education, Mathematics, Science and Physics. This is an unrestricted trade, which means that you do not need to complete an apprenticeship to work in this trade, although it is highly recommended. In order to become a journeyperson, you must write a Certificate of Qualification (C of Q) examination.It takes about 4 years to complete A Light Rail Overhead Contact Systems Lineperson apprenticeship (8,000 hours of on-the-job and in-school training). The in-school component is comprised of 120 hours of in-class training. This is the 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.
What’s Your Future as A Light Rail Overhead Contact Systems Lineperson?

A Light Rail Overhead Contact Systems Lineperson may have to work outdoors in various weather conditions. Safety is very important in this trade.
As more cities build or expand light rail systems, employment in this field is expected to rise.

Employers who hire a Light Rail Overhead Contact Systems Lineperson include:
  • Cities and Municipalities
  • Public Transportation companies
Wage Rate
  • Apprentices generally earn less than Journeypeople, however as your skill and expertise increase, so does your wage
  • Fully qualified Light Rail Overhead Contact Systems Linepersons can earn in the range of $15.00 to $30.00 per hour
Ask Yourself: Is Working as A Light Rail Overhead Contact Systems Lineperson or You?

Do you have good manual dexterity, an eye for detail, and enjoy working with your hands?
Yes      No
Are you safety conscious?
Yes      No
Do you have good analytical and problem solving skills?
Yes      No
Would working with and around trains appeal to you?
Yes      No
Are you of good physical fitness, able to lift, carry and manipulate heavy objects?
Yes      No
Can you work indoors, outdoors, and in various weather conditions?
Yes      No
Do you like doing general maintenance and keeping things in good working order?
Yes      No
If you answered Yes to most of these questions, a career as a Light Rail Overhead Contact Systems Lineperson may be for You!

You may also want to explore other careers that require similar interests and skills, such as:
  • Industrial Maintenance Mechanic Millwright
  • Bearings Mechanic
  • Facilities Maintenance Mechanic
  • Machine Fitter
  • Construction Millwright

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