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First-Year Apprentice Powerline Technician (no experience needed!)

  • Building the life you want starts with acquiring skills that are in demand.
  • As a Red Seal tradesperson, career potential is unlimited. 
  • It all starts with apprenticeship; a unique opportunity to earn and learn while building your career.

British Columbia Construction Association (BCCA) Apprenticeship Services is launching a major industry-wide drive supporting small and medium construction employers to hire and register first-year apprentices.

This province-wide recruitment drive is administered by BCCA as part of the BCCA Apprentices Services campaign. BCCA is launching a 22-month campaign funded by the Government of Canada’s Apprenticeship Service to enable small and medium-sized employers in BC’s construction industry to hire and register first-year apprentices. As part of the service to employers, BCCA will build a pool of qualified jobseekers, provide culture training via its Builders Code program, and mentorship support through its new Building Builders initiative. Additional apprenticeship supports, advice, and resources will also be made available to successful job applicants.

To learn more about BCCA Apprenticeship Services, click here.

About the Opportunity

British Columbia has an increasing demand for skilled tradespeople, resulting in rewarding employment opportunities. As a first-year apprentice, you will be starting a career path towards obtaining your SkilledTradesBC trade certification and Red Seal endorsement. This is a great opportunity to get hands-on training while receiving a competitive wage for your work!

A typical day as a powerline technician could include working with high voltage electrical equipment in the construction industry, mining sector, or oil fields.  You will be involved in installing new powerlines, maintaining, and repairing lines damaged by weather or other causes. 

Day-to-day as an apprentice you could be:

  • Assisting to install, maintain, and repair towers, powerlines, distribution transformers, and underground cable systems
  • Working outside, in all types of weather and at heights between 30 and 400 feet
  • Operating a bucket truck, handling materials and tools, or climbing electrical poles
  • Assisting a journeyperson to safely install poles, cables, and wires
  • Using testing equipment including meter readers and voltmeters
About You

BCCA Apprenticeship Services is looking for applicants interested in pursuing a career in construction as a first-year apprentice powerline technician. The ideal candidate should be interested in starting a career path towards certification as a Red Seal powerline technician and should be motivated to learn, reliable, and hardworking.

To succeed as a first-year apprentice powerline technician, you: 

  • Communicate, work well with others, and follow directions well 
  • Have good dexterity and like to work with your hands
  • Enjoy working indoors or outdoors in all seasons 
  • Like to solve problems and build solutions
  • Are physically fit with stamina for manual labour
  • Have experience using hand and power tools
  • Are willing to follow safety guidelines at all times
  • Understand basic math and have mechanical aptitude
  • Have good hearing and normal colour vision
  • Are able to work at heights
  • Have strong attention to detail
  • Are in good physical condition with good endurance
  • Are able to lift up to 25 kg

Other qualifications can include (but are not required):

  • Hands-on experience working with high voltage equipment, heights, and plant environments
  • Occupational First Aid training or SiteReadyBC certification
  • Completion of Electrical foundation courses
  • High school diploma and/or completion of the Level 1 Powerline Technician program
  • Valid BC driver’s license and reliable vehicle
  • Prior experience in construction (hobbies, summer jobs, or volunteer activities), agriculture or forestry, manufacturing, marine services or fisheries, municipal work, or other non-construction trades are a bonus
The Benefits of Apprenticeship

An apprenticeship offers a pathway to a successful career in construction. You will earn an income while gaining work-based training hours, education, and certification. Apprentices are eligible for government grants, tax credits, and employment insurance while attending training. This can help you offset the cost of training and certification and allow you to complete your apprenticeship and minimize student debt.

For more information on the benefits of apprenticeship, see SkilledTradesBC’s Apprentice Guidebook.

If this sounds like you, and you want to start your career in construction, we encourage you to apply today!

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