Operating technician training program

Hourly rate: $20.74 to $45.28

This 6-year program includes trade schools, formal classes, operator field training lessons and projects, and on-the-job training associated with the Power Electrician Journeyman or the Industrial Mechanic Apprenticeship Programs. You will be trained to operate Hydro and HVDC converter stations, and develop skills and techniques in control and regulation of all operating elements and auxiliaries used to generate and convert electrical energy in a power system.

Completion of the program will result in a dual certification as a power electrician/station operator or an industrial mechanic/station operator:

  • electrical operating technician trainees will be trained to construct, maintain and commission electrical apparatus used in electrical power generation, transmission, distribution and converter systems;
  • mechanical operating technician trainees will be trained to service a wide range of equipment and associated controls used to generate, convert, regulate and control electrical energy in a power system.

As an operating technician trainee, you could work in urban, rural or northern areas throughout Manitoba. During your training, you will be rotated to different work locations (primarily in northern Manitoba) and may spend considerable time away from home at the corporation’s expense. As a qualified operating technician you will be appointed to a power supply station and 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 or Pre-Calculus); Physics 40S; and English 40.
    be a graduate of a 2-year diploma from a recognized college in 1 of the following:
    • electronic technology;
    • electrical technology;
    • instrumentation engineering technology;
    • mechanical engineering technology.
  • possess and maintain a valid Manitoba Class 5 driver’s licence (intermediate or full).
  • be capable of working in a variety of environments, within confined spaces and at heights requiring bucket truck or ladder work;
  • have strong mechanical aptitude;
  • have good hearing and accurate colour perception;
  • be physically capable of performing all the duties;
  • be able to work as a member of a team and adapt to changing tasks and locations;
  • have good interpersonal and communication skills;
  • have basic computer skills.

Aboriginal candidates who do not meet these qualifications may be interested in the Southern Aboriginal Pre-placement Program or the Northern Aboriginal Pre-placement Program. These programs provide selected Aboriginal candidates with educational assistance to upgrade to the minimum academic requirements and on-the-job training to compete for a position in the operating technician training program.

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, handling tools, measuring and cutting, and following blueprints. To help you prepare, see the Skills Assessment and Trades Orientation Physical Training Guide (PDF, 1.6 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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