Relay protection & control

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Protection technicians are responsible for the installation, commissioning, maintenance and repair of all types of protective relaying, metering, recording, and control systems.

Training program

This 2-year fully paid training program includes formal classes and on-the-job training. During your paid training, you will be rotated to different work locations. After you complete your training, and successfully pass testing and evaluation, you will receive a journeyperson’s certificate.

Trainees make an hourly rate between $29.73 and $33.52, or between $56,951.06 and $64,223.64 annually. A journeyperson makes an hourly rate between $41.49 and $49.46.


All of the following qualifications are required for the training program. You must:

  • have diploma from an Electrical Engineering Technology program accredited by the Canadian Council of Technicians and Technologists (CCTT) or equivalent certification as an Engineering Technologist with the Certified Technicians and Technologists Association of Manitoba (CTTAM);
  • possess and maintain a valid Manitoba Class 5 driver’s licence (intermediate or full) or equivalent;
  • have a high degree of mechanical ability;
  • have a strong aptitude for technical skills involving computer, electrical, and electronic equipment;
  • be willing to work in all types of weather, have good physical coordination, manual dexterity, and be able to lift heavy objects from a variety of physical positions.

How to apply

Applications must include the following:

  • current resumé and cover letter;
  • any post-secondary school transcripts.

If selected, you will write standardized aptitude tests to assess how well your abilities match the job’s requirements. If selected for the next step, you will participate in a competency-based interview to demonstrate your job-related skills. A current driver’s abstract must be provided at this time.

Note: Register on a desktop computer or laptop – the application will not work on your mobile device.

We typically recruit annually in March, but recruitment dates are subject to change.

View current job postings – to check if the role is posted. If it is not posted, set up a job alert to notify you when the application period is open. Use the “Register Now” button to set up your online registration (if you don't have one already set up). Your online profile is not an application. Once you have registered, you must submit an application for the job during the recruitment period.

View instructions for creating a profile and setting up job alerts. Set up the job alert, select “trades” and“relay protection” as your area of interest.

Register now.

Training program benefits

In this training program, you will not accumulate any student or trainee debt – we pay you a bi-weekly salary during the 2-year formal classes and on-the-job training. You will belong to a union and have a collective agreement.

You must purchase your own set of tools, but we offer a payroll deduction option to help spread out the cost. If your tools break on the job, we replace them at our expense.

You will travel throughout Manitoba to experience different types of systems. Trainee rotations are generally 4 to 8 months. If working away from home, we pay for accommodations, meals, as well as mileage.


Safety remains our top priority in everything we do.

You will receive all necessary personal protective equipment (PPE), including clothing, eyewear, and hardhats, and learn how to use and care for your PPE.

You will receive safety training and learn safe work procedures. We plan all of our work to eliminate hazards or reduce them to safe levels. Before each job, technicians participate in job planning and tailboard meetings to discuss the best and safest way to do the work. You also have the right to refuse a task you believe to be unsafe.