Service person training program

This 4-year apprenticeship program includes on-the-job training and 12 weeks of competency-based classroom training that prepares you for a career as a service person. Service persons monitor and maintain natural gas distribution systems, respond to natural gas related emergencies and service and inspect natural gas appliances. When emergencies occur such as damaged gas lines, gas odour complaints, carbon monoxide incidents and fire calls, service persons respond to protect the public and resolve the problem.

Throughout this program, you will be trained to:

  • conduct odorant tests, cathodic reads and regulator station inspections;
  • repair and make alterations to the natural gas distribution system including above and below grade piping and equipment.
  • replace natural gas meters and regulators and repair or install service lines;
  • locate company underground natural gas and electrical lines;
  • respond to natural gas related emergencies such as damaged gas lines, gas odour calls, fire calls and carbon monoxide calls;
  • inspect and repair natural gas appliances.

As part of this training, you will be required to obtain a Utility Gas Fitter License by completing the Manitoba Department of Labour Utility Gas Fitter license exam. Service persons need to continuously upgrade their skills and knowledge with the ongoing development of new technology in the natural gas industry.

As a service person you will work in urban and rural areas throughout Manitoba. During your training, you may be rotated to different work locations and spend limited time away from home at the corporation’s expense.

Service persons work both indoors and outdoors at various work sites so travelling and working in the elements is a part of every job. The service department is staffed 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. To meet this need, service persons work a variety of 8- and 12-hour shifts including days, evenings, nights, weekends, and statutory holidays. Some locations require that service persons participate on an emergency standby rotation.

Qualifications

Potential candidates must:

  • be a high school graduate with the following subjects: Mathematics 40S (Applied or Pre-Calculus); Physics 30S; English 40.
  • possess and maintain a valid Manitoba Class 5 driver’s licence (intermediate or full) and be eligible for upgrade;
  • meet the challenges of physically demanding work in all types of weather;
  • be able to climb, work at heights, in trenches, excavations and confined spaces;
  • have good physical coordination and manual dexterity, and be able lift heavy objects;
  • have strong mechanical aptitude;
  • be able to work as a member of a team and adapt to changing tasks and locations;
  • have good interpersonal and communication skills;
  • be able to work autonomously and make decisions in stressful situations;
  • have basic computer skills.

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 panel interview, and a pre-employment skills assessment and trade orientation session. The session provides candidates with the opportunity to demonstrate job-related skills including the ability to follow instructions and work as a team member. Candidates selected for this session will be required to provide a current driver’s abstract.

Work experience gained at Manitoba Hydro Utility Services is often considered an asset when applying for work at Manitoba Hydro, particularly in the gas trades area.

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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