Power Line Technician

Jonathan Leyte followed in his dad’s footsteps—or more accurately followed his father up the cherry picker. His dad was a Power Line Technician, and now Jonathan is working in the trade in Grand Falls-Winsor.

Growing up, he saw it was a career that provided an excellent quality of life, especially in the friendships his dad had on the job. Jonathan has found it’s much the same and has made friends from across the province though his career. That makes for an excellent work environment.

A few of Jonathan’s friends have even joined the field based on all the great things he’s said about his experience. It’s a career he describes as rewarding—so what’s next? Well there are a few directions Jonathan could go from his current role. Let him tell you about it.

 

Is Power Line Technician the career for me?

Do you like the sound of a workday that includes:

  • Working with your hands
  • Working outdoors
  • Working at heights
  • Working with all-terrain vehicles
  • Seeing the results of your work
  • Working as part of a team

Sound pretty good? Then you should look at a career as a Power Line Technician.

What does a Power Line Technician do?

Power Line Technicians play a critical role in restoring power due to storms and equipment failures. Each day is different, and often involves installing, testing, and maintaining transmission and distribution power lines and associated equipment. And of course, working on power lines means frequently working at heights, in all kinds of weather conditions and sometimes, working in confined spaces.

Power Line Technicians need to be prepared to respond quickly when trouble arises. They use specialized personal protective equipment and top notch safety methods to ensure their safety when working around energized power lines.

Love operating different kinds of vehicles and equipment? To access power lines in urban and rural areas, Power Line Technicians use boom trucks, muskegs, aerial equipment, tracked equipment, ATVs, and snowmobiles.

Where would I work?

Power Line Technicians work with both the electric utilities and contractors.

What training do I need to become a Power System Operator?

  • Graduation from high school
  • Completion of a nine month pre-employment program available at accredited institutions
  • Completion of a four year Power Line Technician apprenticeship program leading to Power Line Technician journeyperson including the Interprovincial Red Seal Certification

How can my career progress?

Power Line Technicians can pursue positions such as Senior Power Line Technician/Lead Hand, becoming responsible for supervising teams and work, and eventually a senior supervisory role.

From there, and with some additional training, you’ll be able to pursue a career as a Health and Safety Advisor.

Check out these links for info on training, funding, and certification.

College of the North Atlantic – Power Line Technician (Operating)
DieTrac Technical Institute, Industrial Mechanic/Millwright Program

The requirements for registering as an apprentice with the province’s Division of Institutional and Industrial Education, Department of Advanced Education and Skills are outlined at
http://www.aes.gov.nl.ca/app/registration/registration.html
Red Seal
Apprenticeship Incentive Grant
Apprenticeship Completion Grant