Power electrician training program

Hourly rate: $21.58 to $29.84

This 4-year training program includes competency-based trade schools, formal classes at Red River College, and on-the-job training and prepares you for a career as a power electrician. Power electricians construct, maintain and commission electrical apparatus used in electrical power generation, transmission, distribution and converter systems.

Throughout this program, you will be trained to:

  • construct, maintain, and commission electrical apparatus used in electrical power generation, transmission, distribution and converter systems.
  • install, maintain and repair power generators, power converters, power transformers, circuit breakers, disconnects, distribution apparatus, metering and associated auxiliary equipment.

Power electricians work normal daytime hours; however, in the case of emergencies they may be called upon to restore power at any hour and in any weather. As a power electrician trainee you could work in urban, rural or northern areas throughout Manitoba. 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 power electrician 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 or Pre-Calculus); Physics 40S; and English 40
  • have a 2-year diploma from a recognized college in 1 of the following:
    • electronic technology;
    • electrical engineering 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.

Indigenous candidates who do not meet the academic qualifications may be interested in our 6-month Indigenous power electrician pre-placement program. This program provides selected Indigenous candidates with educational assistance to upgrade to the minimum academic requirements and on-the-job training to compete for a position in the power electrician training program.

Candidates who do not currently qualify for the power electrician 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

We advertise in June for an October 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 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, 1.7 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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