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Mechanical technician training program

Hourly rate: $21.58 to $29.84

This 4-year training program includes in-house competency-based technical training at our Northern Training Centre in Gillam, apprenticeship at the University College of the North in The Pas, and on-the-job-training to prepare you for a career as a mechanical technician. Mechanical technicians construct, maintain and commission mechanical apparatus used in electrical power generation, transmission, distribution and converter systems.

Throughout this program, you will be trained to:

  • install, inspect, and commission the mechanical maintenance of breakers, transformers, refrigeration, air conditioning, heating systems, HVDC equipment, and associated equipment such as compressors, cranes, pumps, motors, and fans;
  • service equipment and controls used to generate, convert, regulate, and control electrical energy in a power system.

The main location for this training program is Gillam. During your training you will be rotated to different work locations and may spend considerable time away from home at the corporation’s expense. As a qualified mechanical technician, you will have the opportunity to apply for positions in various locations as vacancies arise.


Potential candidates must:

  • be a high school graduate with the following subjects: Mathematics 40S (Applied Math or Pre-Calculus); Physics 40S; and English 40
    possess a 2-year diploma in mechanical technology;
  • possess and maintain a valid Manitoba Class 5 driver’s licence (intermediate or full);
  • maintain a level of physical fitness and mental alertness appropriate for the duties you are performing;
  • have good physical coordination and manual dexterity, and be able to lift heavy objects from a variety of physical positions while working at heights requiring bucket truck or ladder and while working in confined spaces;
  • be capable of communicating effectively orally and in writing;
  • have good hearing and accurate colour perception;
  • have basic computer skills;
  • have a mechanical aptitude to satisfy all requirements of the position.

Candidates who do not currently qualify for the mechanical technician training 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

Recruitment dates to be determined.

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 1-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 such as following instructions. To help you prepare, see the Skills Assessment & Trades Orientation Physical Training Guide (PDF, 1.1 MB). 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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