Learn to install, maintain and repair power lines
As a Power Line Technician (PLT) at BC Hydro, you play a vital role in ensuring the reliable delivery of electricity to homes and businesses across B.C. You install new power lines, and also maintain and repair lines damaged by weather and other factors.
You first participate in the Pre-Apprentice PLT program, which prepares you with the skills necessary to apply to an apprenticeship.
What you learn and experience
Qualifications: What you bring
Equivalence documentation and transcripts
To successfully claim an equivalent status, you must provide documentation that effectively demonstrates you’ve taken equivalent courses. You’ll submit either a letter from your place of education or your instructor indicating the course(s), stating that the course(s) taken would be considered equivalent to or better than a grade 11 or 12 level.
Once selected as an apprentice, you need to provide a copy of transcripts demonstrating your high school graduation including Math 11, English 12 and Physics 11 as well as a driver’s abstract and claims history.
Program details and future job prospects
The majority of candidates must first participate in the Pre-Apprentice program before applying for an apprenticeship. As a successful apprenticeship applicant, your training in the power line trade continues with 42 months of on the job technical training, including 4 to 5 weeks per year in classroom training.
When you graduate, you can apply for jobs in:
Where you train and work
During your apprenticeship, you’re assigned to one or two headquarters anywhere in the province. Once you graduate, you can apply to any Power Line Technician vacancy throughout the province.
Pay and benefits
As an apprentice, you earn 75% of the full journeyperson trade rate while you learn, with further increases during the apprenticeship.
You learn and work in a healthy and safe environment supported by a competitive benefit package that includes vacation (minimum of 3 weeks), overtime pay, designated day offs with pay, disability income, health and vision care, and dental benefits.