Power line technician training program

Hourly rate: $20.24 to $27.98

This 4-year apprenticeship program includes competency-based trade schools, formal classes, and on-the-job training and will prepare you for a career as a power line technician. Power line technicians construct, maintain and repair electrical power transmission and distribution systems. When there is a power disturbance, failure or storm damage, power line technicians locate and resolve the problem.

Throughout this program, you will be trained to:

  • build and maintain wood poles and steel structures, operate switches, transformers and associated electrical equipment.
  • install pad-mounted equipment and underground high voltage and low voltage power cables.
  • splice and terminate high voltage power cables.
  • connect and maintain overhead and underground transformers, distribution centres and locate underground power cables.

Power line technicians must continuously upgrade their skills and knowledge to learn about new and developing technology in the electrical industry. To receive a Journeyman's certificate, you must attend a 1-week skill evaluation session to prove your competency in the trade.

As a power line technician you will work in urban and rural areas throughout Manitoba. During your training, you will be rotated to different work locations and spend time away from home at the corporation's expense. As a Journeyman you may apply for positions in various locations as vacancies arise. Power line technicians work regular daytime hours, however, in emergencies they may be called upon at any hour and in any weather to restore power to the customer.

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Power line technician: the career of a lifetime

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Potential candidates must:

  • be a high school graduate with the following subjects: Mathematics 40S (Applied or Pre-Calculus); Physics 30S; and English 40;
  • possess and maintain a valid Manitoba Class 5 driver's licence (intermediate or full) and be eligible for upgrade.
  • meet the challenges of physically demanding work in all types of weather;
  • be able to climb, work at heights, in trenches, excavations and confined space;
  • have good physical coordination; manual dexterity, and be able lift heavy objects;
  • have strong mechanical aptitude;
  • have good hearing;
  • be able to work as a member of a team and adapt to changing tasks and locations;
  • have good interpersonal and communication skills;
  • be able to work autonomously and make decisions in stressful situations;
  • have basic computer skills.

Aboriginal candidates who do not meet the academic qualifications may be interested in our 6-month Aboriginal Line Trades Pre-placement Program. This program provides selected Aboriginal candidates with educational assistance to upgrade to the minimum academic requirements and on-the-job training to compete for a position in power line technician training.

Candidates who do not qualify for the Aboriginal Pre-placement Program but want to upgrade their high school education to meet the requirements for this program can visit the Adult Learning and Literacy Branch website for a list of certified adult literacy programs and learning centres in Manitoba.

Recruitment process

We advertise in June for an October start date and in December for an April start date.

Applications must include the following information:

  • current resumé and cover letter;
  • high school transcript, and any post secondary school transcripts or training certificates.

As part of the selection process, candidates will be required to write standardized aptitude tests that assess how well a candidate's abilities match the requirements of the job. Candidates will also participate in a 2-day pre-employment skills assessment and trade orientation session, which includes a panel interview and provides candidates with the opportunity to demonstrate job-related skills, including the ability to work at heights, follow instructions, and work as a team member. Candidates selected for this session will be required to provide a current driver's abstract.

If you are interested in this program, set up a job alert from your profile by selecting "Trades" as your area of interest and enter a few key words describing this program.

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