What does a Powerline Technician (434A) do?

Powerline Technicians build and repair overhead and underground power lines, which are used to conduct electricity from generating plants to the customer. They erect and maintain poles and towers, as well as install and maintain street lighting systems.

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 about and applying safety practices and procedures at every worksite
  • Communicating effectively with other workers to coordinate work assignments

What Preparation and Training Do You Need?

  • Grade 10 is the legal minimum, though a high school diploma is generally required
  • Completion of 8,000-hour apprenticeship, including on-the-job and in-school training
  • Exam to obtain Certificate of Qualification

What's Your Future as a Powerline Technician (434A)?

  • Full-time work; on call most of the time and may work long periods during emergencies
  • Variety of worksites, including high-voltage transmission lines, support towers, etc.; work may be done from helicopters, in underground tunnels, or in bush camps for weeks while new lines are installed
  • Most employed by electric power companies, highway and heavy construction firms, or electrical construction firms

Wage Rate

Apprentice wage increases with skill and experience. Fully qualified workers earn an average of $43.74-$56.41 per hour, plus overtime. 

Self-Rating

Powerline Technician (434A)

Ask Yourself: Yes No
Do you have good hand-eye coordination?
Are you able to work indoors and outdoors? Are you comfortable working at all heights?
Do you have a driver license and good driving record?
Are you able to follow Health & Safety guidelines?
Do you have good communication skills?
Are you good at judging distances and weight?
Are you reliable, a self-starter and able to work with minimal supervision? Are you interested in travelling for work?


If you checked YES to the majority of these questions, a career as a Powerline Technician may be for you!

You might want to look at these similar trades as well;

  • Construction & Maintenance Electrician
  • Electrician
  • Hoisting Engineer

Ready to get started?

Find your perfect job match