Powerline technicians construct, maintain and repair overhead and underground electrical power
transmission and distribution systems. In some jurisdictions, powerline technicians also construct,
maintain and repair communication networks. In larger utilities, powerline technicians may also
specialize in one of the following areas: transmission lines, overhead and underground distribution,
communication networks, and electrical power stations.
Powerline technicians erect and maintain steel, wood or concrete poles, towers and guy wires.
They install, maintain and repair overhead and underground power lines and cables, and other associated
equipment such as insulators, conductors, lightning arrestors, switches, transformers and lighting systems.
They splice, solder and terminate conductors and related wiring to connect power distribution and
transmission networks. Powerline technicians may also be called upon to perform stringing operations
encompassing electrical/data and telephone systems incorporated into an outdoor transmission
Powerline technicians work outside in all weathers. The work always involves travel to and from
the work site, which is often in remote areas necessitating the use of a variety of access equipment such as
all-terrain vehicles, helicopters, aircraft, and watercraft. They climb and maintain their balance while
working overhead on poles and towers. They also work in confined spaces such as trenches and tunnels.
The work often requires considerable standing, bending, crawling, lifting, climbing, pulling, and reaching
and may be conducted in cramped, confined spaces or on poles and towers at great heights. Hazards
include electric shocks, burns, and falls. Powerline technicians may work a 40-hour week; however,
emergencies may require long hours in inclement weather.
Powerline technicians are required to have good mechanical aptitude, the ability to lift heavy
objects, the ability to work at heights in varying extreme climates, a thorough knowledge of the principles
of electricity, power transmission and distribution systems, and communication systems, and familiarity
with the materials and techniques of construction. All powerline technicians are required to be competent
in the use and care of a variety of vehicles and equipment such as articulated bucket trucks, digger
derricks, mobile cranes, and trenchers as well as a variety of hand, power, electrical testing, and “hot line”
tools and equipment.
All electrical wiring and installations must conform to the Canadian Standard Association (CSA)
standards and codes or to the provincial or territorial power supply utility standards. Therefore, powerline
technicians must be thoroughly familiar with the applicable sections of those documents. For safety,
permits and other regulations they follow local electrical, building and safety codes.
Powerline technicians may work alone with minimal supervision, and they may supervise others.
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Certificate of Apprenticeship
Red Seal Endorsement (Inter-provincial Standards Examination)
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