Power Line Technician Pre-Apprentice

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Job Detail

  • Career Level Licensed
  • Experience 1- 3 Years
  • No. of Openings 14
  • Department Operations

Job Description

At BC Hydro, we’re committed to powering British Columbia with clean, reliable electricity for
generations. We’re dedicated to investing in the future of our employees, making BC Hydro one of
BC’s Top Employers and one of Canada’s Best Diversity Employers. We are also committed to our
environment and are recognized as one of Canada’s Greenest Employers.

The Power Line Technician (PLT) Pre-Apprentice Program is a temporary opportunity (12 months) for entry into the Power Line Technician Apprenticeship program which entails a combination of classroom and field training. This program allows you to develop line skills so that you are equipped to apply on the Power Line Technician (PLT) Apprenticeship, without being called upon to come into direct contact
with high voltage equipment or conductors which are potentially live or energized. Upon successfully
obtaining an apprenticeship position, your training in the power line trade will continue with 48 months of on-the-job and classroom (four to five weeks per year) training.



As per IBEW Collective Agreement.
The successful Power Line Technician Pre-Apprentice will:

  • Complete work assignments as a Level 1 Apprentice PLT and be able to perform work up to
    voltages of 120/240 Single Phase, following completion of ITA Level 1 Apprentice PLT Technical
  • Act as a driver/ground person, and as required, may operate a Line Truck (single or dual axle)
    during the construction, maintenance, and operations of the distribution system. This includes, but
    not limited, to climbing, and assisting in the installation and removal of poles/anchors and
  • Work with the tradesperson crew or Journeyperson PLT to whom they have been assigned and
    shall, when required, attend to handling, and transportation of equipment and materials. They
    shall also be qualified to drive and operate a motor car, truck, truck winch or other similar truck
  • Learn basic climbing skills, safety procedures, tool/material use and bucket truck operation.
  • Work outside in all weather conditions at heights of 30 – 400 ft.


  • High school graduation with the following courses: English 12, Math 11, and Physics 11 (or
  • Valid BC Class 5 driver’s license or higher (Class 3 Manual Transmission preferred), with Air
  • Brake Endorsement.
  • Physically capable of performing the work, with normal colour vision.
  • Strong interpersonal skills to deal with both internal and external customers.
  • Demonstrated mechanical aptitude through construction experience, mechanics or exposure to
  • Applicants must meet the above requirements at the time of applying (by the job posting’s close
    date) to be eligible to be considered.

This position is affiliated with the international Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Union (IBEW
local 258) www.ibew258.bc.ca

  • This Trade will interest those who enjoy working outdoors and performing hands on physical
  • To develop the necessary line skills to be equipped to apply on a PLT Apprenticeship,
    candidates must first participate in this PLT Pre-Apprentice program for twelve (12) months.
  • As a Power Line Technician Pre-Apprentice, you may be asked to move anywhere in the
    province for the duration of your program. Upon assuming the role as an Apprentice Power Line
    Technician, you will be assigned to one or two headquarters anywhere in the province.
  • Locations may include the following: Lower Mainland, Vancouver Island, Southern Interior, and
    Northern BC (i.e. Dawson Creek, Fort Nelson, Fort St. John, Prince George, Chetwynd,
    Mackenzie, Quesnel, Williams Lake, 100 Mile House, Vanderhoof, Burns Lake, Terrace, Hazelton,
    Smithers, Dease Lake, Kitimat, Masset and Prince Rupert).
  • A condition of employment for the Power Line Technician Pre-Apprentice role is that you
    maintain your Class 5 Driver’s License (with air brake endorsement). Before being eligible to bid
    on the Power Line Technician Apprenticeship role, you must obtain your Class 3 Driver’s License
    (with air brake endorsement).
  • The IBEW Wage Rate for a Pre-Apprentice PLT is currently $29.50 per hour.
  • BC Hydro conducts pre-placement medical checks on applicants entering certain positions to
    help safeguard BC Hydro’s workplace. As part of the selection process, you may be required to
    demonstrate successful completion of a pre-placement medical check.
  • Please be advised that this role has been assessed as safety sensitive and pre-qualification
    alcohol and drug testing will be required as a pre-condition to employment.
  • BC Hydro employees will be required to provide proof they are fully vaccinated effective
    November 22, 2021.
  • Please see further details in the “How to Apply” section below.

We’re always looking for exceptional people to bring new ideas, fresh thinking and the motivation
to help shape the electricity system in B.C. It’s an exciting time to be a part of our team as we
invest in our system and prepare to meet the challenges of tomorrow.

Our values guide our work. Want to join us?
We are safe.
We are here for our customers.
We are one team.
We include everyone.
We act with integrity and respect.
We are forward thinking.

BC Hydro is an equal opportunity employer.

We include everyone. We welcome applications from anyone, including members of visible
minorities, women, Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, persons of minority sexual
orientations and gender identities, and others with the skills and knowledge to productively
engage with diverse communities.

We are also happy to provide reasonable accommodations throughout the selection process and
while working at BC Hydro. If you require support applying online because you are a person with a
disability, please contact us at Recruitmenthelp@BCHydro.com .
Flexible work model role definitions

Our four role types identify the degree of flexibility an employee could have to work from home
based on the type of work they do. The flexibility for an individual job is up to the manager for
each position and the operational requirements. Employees also have the right to work full-time
from the office if they prefer. All of our roles require at least some in-person time.

IBEW/Field – No option to work from home
Resident – Works primarily (4+ days per week) in the office.
Hybrid – May be able to work from home up to 3 days per week.
Remote – Works from home 4+ days per week

Please ensure that you update your Candidate Profile and provide a comprehensive resume and
cover letter in your application.

As part of your application, we will require you to submit the following documents:

  • Proof of pre-requisite completion: Copies of transcripts indicating completion of English 12, Math
    11, and Physics 11 (or equivalents). Where equivalent status is claimed, acceptable
    documentation must be provided by the applicant that will show equivalency of courses taken.
    Either a letter from your place of education or your instructor indicating the course(s) and stating
    that the course(s) taken would be considered equivalent to or better than the requirement.
  • A copy of your Driver’s Abstract confirming Class 5 Driver’s License (or higher) with air brake
    endorsement, which can be obtained from a motor vehicle branch or government agency
    depending on the province you reside in. NOTE: the correct document from ICBC is titled
    “Personal Driving History”.
  • Please note, applicants will be required to provide a copy of their ICBC Claims History as part of
    the pre-employment process.

If you do not include the information/documents listed above when applying, it could result in
delays with assessing your application.
Click on the Apply button in order to complete the steps to apply for this job.

Please reference “mytrades.ca when applying for this position.

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