What does a Entertainment Industry Power Technician (269E) do?

Entertainment Industry Power Technicians plan, install, and maintain temporary power distribution systems for use in the entertainment industry. Work settings including film, television, and live performance sets, as well as tradeshows and special events.

Job Related Skills, Interests and Values

  • Using hand tools, power tools, metering, testing devices, and accessories
  • Assessing job site conditions and calculating electrical load requirements
  • Planning, selecting, building, and maintaining devices such as rigs, hoists, and lifts
  • Planning, hanging, and later disassembling temporary power systems; installing and removing set practicals and wiring; following safety procedures for rigging, hoisting, and lifting equipment
  • Installing, controlling, and disassembling lighting
  • Managing and maintaining temporary and portable power supply systems
  • Scheduling job site materials and equipment as required by each project

What Preparation and Training Do You Need?

  • Secondary school diploma required; math, science, and English credits recommended; Arts and Culture Specialist High Skills Major Program may be beneficial
  • Completion of a 5,000-hour apprenticeship, including on-the-job and in-school training
  • Exam to obtain Certificate of Qualification 

What's Your Future as a Entertainment Industry Power Technician (269E)?

  • Generally 40-hour weeks, but may vary based on production needs
  • Often work on film, television, stage, or live performance sets, but may also do carnivals, special events, or tradeshows
  • Must be prepared to travel to/from sites, some of which may be outdoors

Wage Rate

Apprentice wage is less than a journeyperson's, but increases with skill and experience.


Entertainment Industry Power Technician (269E)

Ask Yourself: Yes No
Do you have a good mechanical aptitude, good vision and enjoy learning about and fixing different systems and components?
Do you have good reading, writing, measuring, and problem-solving skills?
Are you a continual learner?
Are you able to follow Health & Safety guidelines?
Are you able to lift more than 50lbs? Are you able to stand or sit for long periods of time?
Are you able to travel for work?
Are you able to tell the difference between colours?

If you checked YES to the majority of these questions, a career as an Entertainment Industry Power Technician (269E) may be for you!

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