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Indigenous power electrician/mechanical technician pre-placement program

This 12-month program provides Indigenous applicants with trades-related experience and skills to help successfully compete for a position in the power electrician or mechanical technician apprenticeship programs. If you do not meet the minimum academic requirements, educational upgrading is provided.


All of the following qualifications are required for the pre-placement program. You must:

  • be a high school graduate;
  • possess and maintain a valid Manitoba Class 5 driver’s licence (intermediate or full) and be eligible for upgrade;
  • be willing to work in all types of weather, work at heights, and in confined spaces, have good mechanical aptitude, physical coordination, manual dexterity, and be able to lift heavy objects from a variety of physical positions.

If selected for skills assessment, we test that you have the physical strength, dexterity, and endurance requirements. Prepare for the physical demands of the job – read our Physical Training Guide for Skills Assessment & Trades Orientation (PDF, 4.4 MB).

If you do not qualify for the program, but want to upgrade your high school education, visit the Manitoba Adult Learning and Literacy website for a list of certified adult literacy programs and learning centres.

There is no guarantee of ongoing employment following the completion of the pre-placement program.

Pre-placement trainees are paid an hourly rate of $18.79.

How to apply

Applications must include the following:

  • current resumé and cover letter;
  • proof of Indigenous ancestry (copy of your Status, Metis Membership, or Nunavut Certificate card);
  • high school transcripts1, and any post-secondary school transcripts or training certificates.

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 1-day pre-employment skills assessment and trade orientation session 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.

Thank you for your interest in this program. We typically recruit annually in October, but recruitment dates are subject to change.

View current job postings – this is where you can 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. Register your online profile using the “Register Now” button below (if you do not have one 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. When setting up the job alert, select “trades”, “power electrician”, and “mechanical technician” as your area of interest.

Register now.

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Our goal is to create a supportive and welcoming environment for First Nations, Metis, or Inuit peoples interested in a career as a power electrician or mechanical technician and provide them with opportunities for long-term employment as well as working near or in their communities.

Safety is a top priority for us. Learn more about how we keep our trainees and apprentices safe.

Mentoring and other support resources are available throughout your training. Learn about other apprenticeship program benefits.

Maternity/parental leave

Manitoba Hydro has several family-friendly benefits and policies. If you have a baby, you can take maternity/parental leave and return to your previous level if you are in the power electrician or mechanical technician apprenticeship programs (or comparable position, if you completed the training). Pregnant trainees will be accommodated to only perform tasks you and your doctor view as safe.

Learn about our benefits, and our balanced approach to family, work, and community.

1 Manitoba Statement of High School Marks (transcripts) is an official provincial record of your high school marks and credits earned.