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Electrical power line and cable workers construct, maintain and repair overhead and underground electrical power transmission and distribution systems. They are employed by electric power generation, transmission and distribution companies, electrical contractors and public utility commissions.

Main duties
Electrical power line and cable workers perform some or all of the following duties:

  • Install, maintain, troubleshoot and repair electrical distribution and transmission systems including overhead and underground power lines and cables, insulators, conductors, lightning arrestors, switches, transformers and other associated equipment
  • Erect and maintain steel, wood or concrete poles, towers and guy wires
  • Splice, solder and insulate conductors and related wiring to connect power distribution and transmission networks using splicing tools, related electrical equipment and tools
  • Inspect and test overhead and underground power lines and cables and auxiliary equipment using electrical test equipment
  • Climb ladders or operate hydraulic buckets when working aloft on poles and towers, or work in confined spaces such as trenches and tunnels to install power lines and cables and associated equipment
  • Install and maintain street lighting systems
  • Communicate with other workers to coordinate the preparation and completion of work assignments.

Employment requirements

  • Completion of secondary school is usually required.
  • Completion of a provincial three- or four-year lineman/woman apprenticeship program or
  • A combination of up to four years of work experience in the trade and some high school, college or industry courses in electrical technology is usually required for electrical power line and cable workers.
  • Interprovincial trade certification (Red Seal) is available for qualified powerline technicians.

Additional information

  • Progression to supervisory positions is possible with experience.
  • Red Seal trade certification allows for interprovincial mobility.

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