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Powerline Technician

What does a Powerline Technician do?

Powerline Technicians construct, maintain and repair overhead and underground electrical power transmission and distribution systems.

- They erect and maintain steel, wood or concrete poles, towers and guy wires.
- They install, maintain and repair overhead and underground power lines and cables, insulators, conductors, lightning arrestors, switches, transformers, street lighting and other associated equipment
- They splice, solder and insulate conductors and related wiring to connect power distribution and transmission networks.

What kind of person makes a good Powerline Technician?

Powerline Technician might be the job for you if you:

- Are physically strong and have good stamina
- Have good manual dexterity and coordination
- Have excellent hearing and colour vision
- Are able to work at heights
- Donít mind working in extreme weather conditions.

How do I become a Powerline Technician?

1. Find a company willing to take you as an apprentice
2. Register with AAIT (Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training)
3. Apprentice for 4 years, which includes 1525 hours of on the job training and 7 weeks of technical training at school in the first three years, and 1800 hours of on the job training in the fourth year.
4. Take the interprovincial Red Seal exam to become a registered Powerline Technician.
5. Now you can work almost anywhere in Canada!

Where does a Powerline Technician work?

Powerline technicians are employed by utility companies and their contractors. 87 per cent of Powerline Technicians in Alberta work in the utilities and construction industries.

How much does a Powerline Technician make?

On average, Powerline Technicians in Alberta make $26.43 an hour. Thatís about $55,000 a year.

Apprentice Powerline Technicians earn 50% of a journeymanís wage rate in the first year, 60% in the second, 67.5% in the third and 75% in the fourth year.

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